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Published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children’s Beacon

March 14, 2012
Published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children’s Beacon

I was thrilled to see my article for beginning readers was published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Beacon newsletter. My article is titled, “Ignite the Love of Reading“. Let me know what you think. I will be speaking at their annual conference in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 31 and...
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Blank Dot-to-Dot Leap Year Frog!

February 29, 2012
Blank Dot-to-Dot Leap Year Frog!

Dot-to-Dot Leap Year fun! I was going to fill in the dots to count by 4 (for every 4 years for a leap year) but my teaching partner thought to use it also for some of her students that need reinforcing counting by 2’s.  So I left it blank so you can use it...
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Literature Circles

January 1, 2012
Literature Circles

  Literature Circles Literature Circles are great and there are a lot of ways to do them.  I was assigning my students different “jobs” but I felt like some of the students were missing out of the vocabulary building and summarizing work that they needed more practice at, so I came up with this...
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Reporting on “Chasing Vermeer”

November 2, 2011
Reporting on “Chasing Vermeer”

While reading “Chasing Vermeer” I found some Vermeer websites to show my students so of his art work.  Then they did this activity of being a reporter for the Hype Park Times.  They could select through paintings by artists, what kind of article (mystery, art fans from outer space, time travel, inventions and honors...
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“Chasing Vermeer” Pentomino Challenge

November 1, 2011
“Chasing Vermeer” Pentomino Challenge

  “Chasing Vermeer is a puzzle, wrapped in a mystery, disguised as an adventure, and delivered as a work of art.” Pentomino Challenge This activity mirrors what is happening in the story. Calder in the story uses pentominoes to figure out problems. What are pentominoes you ask? They are 12 different shapes using 5...
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Fact Family Fun!

July 15, 2011
Fact Family Fun!

Fact Families Fact families are really not families of people full of facts but they are groups of numbers that when in addition or subtraction (also multiplication and division) equations work!   The great thing is when kids learn one fact they really know 4! For instance: 3 + 5 = 8 can also be...
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Oobleck Anyone?

July 9, 2011
Oobleck Anyone?

Looking for something fast and very fun?  I’ve never had a group of children (or adults) that don’t enjoy playing, touching and experimenting with this mixture.  It has many names; Oobleck, Slime, Glurch or Goop and is like Silly Putty. The name Oobleck comes from Dr. Seuss story “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”. Reading the...
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Bouquets of Flower Poems

June 25, 2011
Bouquets of Flower Poems

Flower Poems April is poetry month so everyone selected poems to read to the class.  There were some classics and then there were some that will became new classics!  We had lots of gross ones that made the students laugh.  It was a great way to introduce a variety of poetry to the class....
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March is Reading Month!!

March 8, 2011
March is Reading Month!!

March is Reading Month Enjoy a small selection of Dr Seuss Quotes to inspire your day. Classic Dr. Seuss – The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat Last week Venee and I kicked off our reading challenge to our classroom of scholars.  If they read 15,000 minutes by 3/28 the director of the...
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Museum and Myths – what a combination!

January 25, 2011
Museum and Myths – what a combination!

Project Based Learning My students are deep in their individual study of a chosen topic and I’m having fun learning new things like: Did you know that the Statue of Liberty has a broken shackle on her left ankle?  It represents the breaking from the bondage of slavery. That baby giraffes are 6′ tall!...
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