The 2023 Mock Caldecott List is here! This is my second year pulling together this list and I love having you participate in reading and picking your own winners from the Caldecott nominees (there are no official nominees - this list is full of books getting a lot of buzz and who I think would be … [Read more...] about The 2023 Mock Caldecott List
Read alouds are a powerful (and often under-utilized) tool for the elementary classroom. There are so many important reasons to read aloud to students that go way beyond just reading a story. Let's jump into some of the most important benefits of reading aloud to kids! I’m sharing all of these … [Read more...] about Benefits of Reading Aloud to Kids
While it would be nice for life to go smoothly, this is just not the case. People make mistakes, which often leads to feelings getting hurt or people becoming upset. While teachers never want this to happen, the reality is that it does. So, teachers work hard to develop ways to help students … [Read more...] about Learning that Making Mistakes is Okay with Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Happy Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year is celebrated by many Asian countries including Vietnam, China and South Korea. It begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and lasts for 15 days. Some people call this Chinese New Year, but this term does not represent the variety of countries … [Read more...] about Lunar New Year Books for Kids
Classrooms are bright and lively places each day. Students are learning new material and building relationships with classmates all day long. However, this also means classrooms can be loud, messy, and a bit chaotic. While nothing is wrong with this, there must be structure and compromise. This … [Read more...] about Practicing Conversation Skills with Quiet Please, Owen McPhee!
While it would be ideal for everyone to get along and be friends, this is just not the case. However, students must realize that everyone deserves respect. In other words, students must recognize that they always need to treat others the way they want people to treat them. This Golden Rule is the … [Read more...] about The Importance of Respecting Others with Do Unto Otters