Winding down

Teaching these Kindergartners and primary students has been a pleasure. I’ve learned so much from them and we’ve had fun all around. The yearbook has pictures of dancing, singing, field trips to the public library, and a couple of plays we put on as part...

Hard Reading

The Hate You Give by Angie Tomas and Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down are two hard reads, but they are necessary to the current conversation around black children and where they see themselves. These are two books that help those in more physically comfortable...

Raising Readers

I’m going to write more on this later, but I firmly believe that finding the way to help a child love reading is about knowing the child. When we get to learn their internal motivations and what excites them, we’ll be able to find the book that gives them...

Poetry Month

This poetry month we examined how the children identify poems. We also established the title, verse, and importance of the words chosen. We didn’t have enough time to explore much more, but we did compare some very formal poems with a few Shel Silverstein...

Library update

A quick update before I head out for the weekend: The world is a big place, and sometimes it’s hard to wrap our heads around the differences people on this single planet experience in a day. It’s spring in North America, but fall in South America and...

Tough Reads

Sometimes we have to read the hard things to really appreciate the lives of others. Sometimes the hard-to-read books help us understand ourselves better. Take the time to read something you’ve never experienced before. You’ll be surprised by what you...

All Write Already

Reading about writing, listening to podcasts about writing…reading what I’ve written. Welcome back to me! I revved myself up with a stroll through the archives of some of the podcasts I used to listen to (over a year ago), but that I had given up to focus on NAEYC...