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2 New Picture Books My Daughter Loves

  "A picture book is a small door to the enormous world of the visual arts, and they're often the first art a young person sees." ~ Tomie dePaola   I've written in previous blog posts that I wasn't really a reader when I was younger. The only thing I read, other than what I had to, was Sports Illustrated. It's not that I was interested in reading, I just had other things that were more important to me, like playing outside. Do I wish I read more when I was younger? Of course I do. It's one of my many regrets! I know how important it is to read aloud to your children. I learned that from Jim Trelease and "The Read Aloud Handbook." That's why I try to find the best picture books for my daughter so that I can help support her growth as a reader. Knowing that this...
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Fact-React with Adobe Voice

"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important." ~ Bill Gates I struggled with a title for today's post. It's really not about the fact-react strategy with Adobe Voice so much as it is about a teacher willing to step out of her comfort zone to try new things and ending up with amazing results. Especially at this time of year when it's difficult to keep the focus on learning what I have been witness to over the last couple of weeks is inspiring.  This year our school was fortunate to welcome Stephanie to our school. A fantastic teacher and former literacy coach that I have known for many years. Stephanie is the kind of teacher that students, parents and administrators dream of having. She is a teacher that takes her job seriously. She loves to...
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When Your Child Begins to Read it's Magical!

  The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go ~ Dr. Seuss   I've been a witness to children learning to read. It's a special time for a teacher when that "light bulb" goes off and a student begins to read. Teachers couldn't be more proud of their students, and rightfully so. But it's different when it's your own child. It's magical!  My 21 month old daughter Zoe is probably like most other children her age. She's active, jumps from activity to activity, loves to repeat some of her favourite things over and over and she laughs at almost anything. She also loves to listen to books for short periods of time, especially "The Wheels on the Bus" and "Zoe's Snow Day". When she was younger she absolutely loved the books you could take in the tub that...
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An App to Catalogue Your Books

  You can not open a book without learning something ~ Confucius   If you're anything like me you've probably loaned a book to a friend or colleague, forgotten who you loaned it to, never to see it again. While I love sharing my professional library to those that want to read a book of mine, I would also like to have it back! Last week I came across an iPhone app that solved my problem. It's called BooksApp 2. There is a free version, and an in-app purchase option to go pro for $3.99. I splurged and went for the pro version which I'll explain why later. The app basically allows you to catalogue your entire library collection with a scan of a barcode or a manual entry of the ISBN number. Below are the features of BooksApp: Create Series of books Create Collections Lists of books by Authors Lists...
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6 Books I'll Be Reading This Summer

  The worth of a book is to be measured by what you carry away from it ~ James Bryce One of the many things that I love about Twitter is the amazing book recommendations that fill my stream. Throughout the school year I have read some great reviews and opinions on books that have me running out to Chapters to buy them. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough is an example of a book that I had to read once I saw the conversations on Twitter about it. As the school year rolled along I started making a list of books that my PLN were either currently reading or were recommended as great reads. I plan on having a summer full of reading and relaxing. Below are the 6 books I plan on reading this summer with a brief summary and a link to GoodReads. Maybe one or more of...
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