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Heartwarming Children’s Books for the Autumn Season

As the seasons begin to shift and the days become cool, settle in with these heartwarming children's books for the autumn season. Your children will appreciate the cozy moments together as you read and explore all that is to come during fall. If You Go Down to the Woods Today Enjoy this beautifully illustrated seek-and-find… Continue reading Heartwarming Children’s Books for the Autumn Season

Reading Tips

How to Help Your Child Build Reading Comprehension

A Wholistic Reading Approach Let's talk about how to help your child build reading comprehension. In a wholistic reading approach model, comprehension is just as important as the decoding of words. Overall understanding of the text is the goal of reading, therefore comprehension skills must be learned and practiced. What are we looking for? As… Continue reading How to Help Your Child Build Reading Comprehension

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Why Fluency Matters

The Wholistic Reading Approach Learning to read is so much more than just decoding words. As parents and teachers, we need to help our children learn and grow in all areas of reading. This includes decoding, background knowledge, comprehension, and fluency for total understanding. What is fluency? Much like the word "decoding", you will hear… Continue reading Why Fluency Matters

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The Decoding Detective

A Wholistic Reading Approach Reading is a foundational life skill that we teach our little ones in the early years of their life. The goal of reading is not simply to teach children read words and read them quickly. Instead, we want our kiddos to read to understand a new text. A wholistic reading approach… Continue reading The Decoding Detective

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Constructing Background Knowledge

A Wholistic Reading Approach Constructing background knowledge is one of the foundational skills of the wholistic reading approach. Check out this post to read about how to teach reading in a wholistic, well-rounded way. What is background knowledge? Background knowledge is the information you already know about a topic that you can apply to a… Continue reading Constructing Background Knowledge

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A Wholistic Reading Approach

As parents and educators, I believe we should have a wholistic approach to teaching our children how to read. There are so many facets to learning to read. Often when we think of "learning to read", we think about sounding out words, learning letters names, sounds, and blends. While decoding is a HUGE part of… Continue reading A Wholistic Reading Approach

Book Lists

Top 10 Picture Books About Growth Mindset

Are you looking for a fun way to teach your kiddos about tackling problems and growing through the challenges? Check out the top 10 picture books about growth mindset! "Growth mindset" is a big buzz phrase in the educational world . . . but what are we really talking about? Resilience. All throughout our lives,… Continue reading Top 10 Picture Books About Growth Mindset

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15 Picture Books About Kindness

If you are looking to teach your children about how to treat others, here are 15 picture books about kindness! Kindness is important for all relationships whether children are building friendships, building community in the classroom, or simply learning to be kind to their siblings. Want to teach children all about kindness? Skip the lecture,… Continue reading 15 Picture Books About Kindness

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The Ultimate Guide of Children’s Books For Camping

Planning a camping trip? Be sure to check out the ultimate guide of children's books for camping along the way! Discover stories of exciting camp adventures, learn the alphabet inspired by the campsite, learn about nature through trail guides, and stay entertained in the car with camping activity books! This all-time guide to kids books… Continue reading The Ultimate Guide of Children’s Books For Camping

Books and Crafts

Create Your Own Constitution

As we approach the Independence Day, create your own constitution with your family or your class. I believe it is important to talk with children about the importance of our constitution created by our forefathers. According to the Miriam-Webster dictionary, constitution is defined as "fundamental principles on which an organization agrees to be governed." Our… Continue reading Create Your Own Constitution

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Top 10 Literature-Based Cookbooks

Step into the world of your favorite books with these top 10 literature-based cookbooks! At the beginning of the summer, I shared 10 simple ways to engage your young readers over the summer. A few of the tips that I shared were getting into a book series as a family, eating food inspired by books,… Continue reading Top 10 Literature-Based Cookbooks

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Must-Read Kids Books for Father’s Day

As the holiday approaches, check out these must-read kids books for Father's Day. Our dads are special, integral parts of our lives. It is an honor to set aside a day to honor them in a variety of ways. These books are a way of connecting with our dads, thinking about what makes them special,… Continue reading Must-Read Kids Books for Father’s Day

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The Best Literature-Based Kids Shows

If you are searching for the best literature-based kids shows, chances are you just need a break. I am a huge propotent of making books available for your kids to explore and reading aloud with your kids, but you know what? Sometimes, we need TV! Even if it is just for a few minutes. In… Continue reading The Best Literature-Based Kids Shows

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A Very Hungry Caterpillar Charcuterie Board

Spice up your meal time with this very hungry caterpillar charcuterie board idea! I love the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle! Its a cute story about a little caterpillar who is eating his way through some leaves, but the leaves aren't enough. Soon, the little caterpillar finds himself eating his way through… Continue reading A Very Hungry Caterpillar Charcuterie Board

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Top 10 Book Series for Families

Last week, I posted about 10 simple ways you could help your children stay engaged with reading over the summer. On my list, I suggested that families get into a book together, and I also suggested that kids get into a series to keep them coming back for more. Why not combine the two and… Continue reading Top 10 Book Series for Families

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10 Simple Ways to Have Engaged Summer Readers

Looking for ways to keep your kids reading throughout the summer? Check out these 10 simple ways to have engaged summer readers. Don't try to do all of them all of the time! You will get burnt out! But maybe pick one or two that you think might resonate with your children and give it… Continue reading 10 Simple Ways to Have Engaged Summer Readers

Book Reviews

My Honest Review of Wildfire

As a parent and a teacher, I want to know what my kiddos are reading, but I don't have time to read every book out there! I hope my honest review of Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick will give you the confidence you need in deciding if the book is right for your child. Summary Sam… Continue reading My Honest Review of Wildfire

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100+ Must-Have Tools to Teach Biblical Truth

Looking for the best list of must-have tools to teach biblical truths to your children? You've come to the right place! As Christian parents and teachers, the most important thing we can teach our children is the truth of Scripture. Check out this variety of amazing tools to teach God's Word to your children in… Continue reading 100+ Must-Have Tools to Teach Biblical Truth

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19 Best Mentor Texts for Teaching Writing

When teaching writing, mentor texts are everything! Students need to see and read real life examples of writing to learn how to become a better writer themselves. These are the best mentor texts that I have found for writing. Some stories are funny, some are inspirational, and others are informational books that give practical tips… Continue reading 19 Best Mentor Texts for Teaching Writing

Holidays

A Simple Easter Passover Lesson for Kids

During the Easter season, help your kids connect the dots between Passover, the Last Supper, and Communion with this simple lesson.

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16 Best Picture Books About Libraries

Because of National Library Week, I began thinking about the best picture books about libraries that I can use to teach my children everything there is to know about this wonderful institution! These picture books allow you and your children to explore the history, activities, organization, and diversity of libraries around the world. The Librarian… Continue reading 16 Best Picture Books About Libraries

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How To Run Simple and Successful Elementary Book Clubs

Are you looking to change things up in your next reading unit? Try book clubs! Here are a few simple ways to run successful book clubs in your elementary classroom! What are book clubs? Book clubs are small groups often divided up by reading level. Each group is given a novel that they read together… Continue reading How To Run Simple and Successful Elementary Book Clubs

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15 Tools to Celebrate Easter

As April dawns, we look excitedly towards Easter, a time of celebration for our risen Savior! What an opportunity to teach our children about the gift that Christ gave us through His sacrifice on the cross! This year, whether you add to your existing traditions or start new ones, be sure to grab one of… Continue reading 15 Tools to Celebrate Easter

Books and Crafts

Simple Tie-Dye Monster Craft

A craft inspired by the book Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudson Have you ever read the book Marilyn's Monster? Its a cute little book about a little girl who is trying to find her monster. Throughout the town, everyone has a monster. Monsters can be your helper, and they can be your friend! Marilyn watches… Continue reading Simple Tie-Dye Monster Craft

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How To Think Deeply While Reading

In my opinion, the hardest part about teaching reading isn't teaching students HOW to read, but rather, teaching students how to THINK while reading. Reading is most valuable if the reader can see past the words on the page and understand the deeper message the author is trying to teach them. The idea of "deep… Continue reading How To Think Deeply While Reading

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The Essential Picture Book List for Spring

As the first day of spring approaches, many of us wait in anticipation to get outside and finally enjoy the warmth that the season will bring us! The world around us will begin to come alive and blossom with new life. What an excellent time to explore the outdoors! As winter fades into spring, pick… Continue reading The Essential Picture Book List for Spring

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Easy St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Craft

As we approach St. Patrick's Day, plan to make this simple craft! It will make for sweet memories and adorable pictures. After your time crafting together, snuggle up together with a pile of books about St. Patrick's Day. Check out Top 10 Books to Read for St. Patrick's Day for book ideas. You will need:… Continue reading Easy St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Craft

Lessons from Books

4 Life Lessons from The Grudge Keeper

Summary of The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff Cornelius is the town's grudge keeper. Whenever the people have an argument or tiff with another person, rather than keep the grudge, they give the grudge to Cornelius. Thanks to his careful protection, no grudge is truly lost or forgotten. One day a huge wind blows the… Continue reading 4 Life Lessons from The Grudge Keeper

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12 Must-Read Books about Women of Faith

I have a daughter . . . and as I stop and consider Women's History Month, I think about the stories of amazing women that I want to tell her. While there are incredible female athletes and brilliant female scientists who have challenged the norm and reached new heights of achievement, who's story do I… Continue reading 12 Must-Read Books about Women of Faith

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Top 10 Books to Read for St. Patrick’s Day

Can you believe that it is March already? I certainly can't! However, I am excited to dive into all of the amazing Irish folktales and St. Patrick's Day stories over the next couple of weeks. I hope you will join me! Head to your local library or follow the link to get these amazing books… Continue reading Top 10 Books to Read for St. Patrick’s Day

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3 Lessons from Each Kindness

Summary of Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson: A new girl, Maya, shows up at school one day. She looks different from everyone else. Her clothes are ragged and her shoes are falling a part. Chloe is not impressed, and she scoots away as Maya is seated next to her. For days, Chloe watches Maya play… Continue reading 3 Lessons from Each Kindness

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5 Lessons From The Most Magnificent Thing

Summary of The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires: One day, a little girl has the most MAGNIFICENT idea! She and her little pup get to work planning and preparing to put this plan into action. She tinkers hours which turn into days, but her design is never quite right. After each failure, she gets… Continue reading 5 Lessons From The Most Magnificent Thing

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20 Books to Read on Valentine’s Day

In a little over a week, it will be Valentine's Day! For our children, Valentine's Day is the day to celebrate friendship, kindness, and the love of family. In the days leading up to Valentine's, head over to your local library and check out a few of these sweet, festive picture books to read with… Continue reading 20 Books to Read on Valentine’s Day

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Holocaust Remembrance Books

On the heels of Martin Luther King Jr. day comes International Holocaust Remembrance Day. During these last few weeks, our country and our world has stopped to remember the injustices that occurred, the lives that were lost, and the lessons we have learned. Recently, my class has been reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry,… Continue reading Holocaust Remembrance Books

Book Reviews

My Honest Review of The Lemonade War

Seeing children read books makes my heart happy, but I also think it is important to know what a child is reading as seemingly innocent children's books could be introducing a child to content or themes that are not appropriate for their age. I don't know about you, but I rely on honest book reviews… Continue reading My Honest Review of The Lemonade War

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“I Have a Dream . . .”

8 Books about Martin Luther King Jr. On Monday, we will be taking a day to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his message to America, pleading that our nation be united through love rather than hate. He pleaded that every individual be valued and recognized. He pleaded that all Americans would be given the… Continue reading “I Have a Dream . . .”

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Amazing DIY Office Renovation

In the summer of 2021, I began toying with the idea of blogging. I've never blogged before, and honestly, I wasn't sure I could stick with it for very long. The thought of coming up with blogging and social media content for an indefinite period of time scared me. "What if I couldn't do it?… Continue reading Amazing DIY Office Renovation

Lessons from Books

Lessons from Jeremiah

Have you ever heard of the book Jeremiah Learns to Read? This book is an excellent mentor text to use to teach students about setting goals. Here are the lessons I learned from Jeremiah. Everybody has a skill. Jeremiah has so many talents and skills. He can build structures, care for animals, grow crops, and… Continue reading Lessons from Jeremiah

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16 Books to Teach the Real Meaning of Christmas

There are so many reasons to anticipate the Christmas season! Every year I look forward to cranking up the timeless holiday tunes as I drive to work each morning. The day to pull out box after box of Christmas decorations can't come soon enough. And crazy, brightly colored Christmas sweaters become a wardrobe staple during… Continue reading 16 Books to Teach the Real Meaning of Christmas

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The Ultimate Autumn Book List

As summer fades away and the fall season blows in, it is time to pull out the autumn books to begin the season. Fill this fall season with a variety of stories being read by the fire or cozied up on the couch. Not sure where to start? Check out this long list of fall… Continue reading The Ultimate Autumn Book List

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A Winn-Dixie Party

Celebrate the classic Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo with a Winn-Dixie party inspired by Opal's yard party at the end of the book! In my home growing up, my mom was ALWAYS looking for a reason to throw a little family party. The first day of spring, Cinco de Mayo, the day we get… Continue reading A Winn-Dixie Party

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10 Picture Books to Start the School Year

Zero by Kathryn Otoshi This book is about the number Zero. Zero feels that he has no value compared to all of the other numbers. He is struggling to find a way to fit in. Then, with the help of his friends, he realizes that he is not an empty number. Instead, he can help… Continue reading 10 Picture Books to Start the School Year