Monday, March 20, 2017

5 Tips When Reading Aloud to Preschoolers

Five Tips for You When Reading Aloud to Preschoolers

1.  First and Foremost, find a book you love!  If you love the book, the child will hear that love in your voice.  I happen to love Gossie, Gertie and Ollie!  by Olivier Dunrea.  These are great books  for Spring! for young readers! for young listeners!  Above is the cover of Ollie by Olivier Dunrea.  Choosing this book and just viewing the cover starts the reading experience..... so many questions just start to happen... Who is Ollie?  Who are those ducks?  What are they looking at? What is hiding in the grass?  What do you think will happen? and below is the cover of, Gossie & Gertie
now don't you just want to open this book!
2.  Sit side-by-side with your listener.  Open the book and show how the book opens.  Point to the title as you read it.  Don't overdo... remember the book experience should be enjoyable.  Your child will value this book experience if it is a time where you break from all those plug-ins and other rippity-rap the day is filled with.... and reading should be relaxing, meaningful and fun!

3.  Model how books work.  As you read, turn pages slowly and give a pause here and there for your child to think about the story.  Point out the illustrations to show that story, words and pictures match. It may be as simple as pointing to a character and telling your child the name of that character. Then move onto the rest of the story.  If your child has something to say, listen and move on when he/she is ready.  This practice shows 'how books work', looking, reading, listening, turning pages, words arranged from left to right :)  reading, in my opinion, is relaxing and calm and not hurry-up noisy!

4.  Talk about the story and the characters.  Ask questions.  This practice shows your child that reading is interactive.  It shows that the author wrote and illustrated his/her thoughts and ideas and the reader can add to the story.  What character do you like the most?  Do you like this book?
What does this book make you think about?  Then, sit back and, talk talk!
Sometimes your child might want to draw a picture after reading a book, entirely up to them! Your job is having crayons and paper on hand. 

5.  Create space, time and love around your book reading habits with your preschooler.  It is important that you value books and reading in your home and your child sees that you do.  You can have your parent books, too.  If your child has a book space or shelf, he will learn that books are a part of the day. If you make time for books and reading, he will engage.  If you enjoy the reading activity together, your child will benefit in the reading sense and the family sense.  Love books!  This does not have to be an expensive adventure, libraries still have cards that allows your child to choose and pick out books.  If you cannot afford a book shelf, you can purchase a small tub for $2.49 ( I just bought one)  and place books for your child to access easily. 

Here are three inexpensive ways to make books available for the young readers in your home. 
Wire racks attached to wall at
appropriate height for child access

Simple dish drainer holds books and crayons!and a paper pad in the back

Books in your home is the best
beginning to your child learning to read!

Never too young to start.  Cloth books for baby...Little board
books and nursery rhymes for chubby little hands
Rhyme and repetition and predictable books for preschoolers 

Home is Where the
Reading Starts !

Until Next Time!
Welcome Spring! ... and where might you find this can bet, he has a story to tell!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Read about St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

wearing green, coloring rainbows and searching for a pot of gold

Be sure to read your favorite St. Patrick's Day story today!

Here is one from my favorite author, Gail Gibbons.  Her books are wonderful in every way. She knows her audience and teaches them so many things about our world.  Thank you, Gail, for your informative and interesting books!
Illustrations are well done and Gibbons teaches the history and traditions of the clover. 

This book by Gail Gibbons is colorful and informative

This reader response  page teaches main idea and details.  
Main Idea : St. Patrick's Day, details....what details do you remember from your reading?  In an easy 4-square format!

Grab this FREE reader response page HERE to use with Gail Gibbons book.  If you are so inclined to read your favorite book... just white out the title and author and fill in your own.  

And here is one from another of my very favorite authors, Eve Bunting!  

What do leprechauns do?  Read this book to find out... Illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully are charming!  This is a MUST read!  

Find your leprechaun pages HERE

I created these pages with SPACE for the child writer... so important for writing... creativity and voice.  They will surprise you with their writing if you give them creative space to write their thoughts.  It's more fun for them and it creates so many teachable moments for YOU

Find your leprechaun pages HERE

Easy and fun to do for the Little Learners... You will need green peppers, paint and white paper! 

Until Next Time - Enjoy your reading day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Happy  St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Reading Aloud Frog and Toad for PreK-1

Listen to Frog and Toad, "The Kite”  
by Arnold Lobel. 
Read by MrsQuimbyReads   
This story is quite entertaining when the famous friends, Frog and Toad, decide it is a beautiful day to fly a kite....and as all the Frog and Toad stories, this story, too, teaches a life lesson.  Listen and watch as I read the story aloud and try to think about what the author's message might be.  

Here are some questions you might ask your child as a springboard to a discussion about this story.

Should Toad have listened to the robins? Why or why not?
Why do you think Frog keeps telling Toad to try one more time?
Do you think Frog is a good friend?
What does Frog do to show his friendship to Toad?
If you could say something to the robins, what would you say?
Do you like the ending of the story?
Why do you think the author wrote this story?

Preschoolers will have fun drawing a picture about Frog and Toad on their kite flying day. First graders would entertain you with retellings of this story.  

Unscramble the letters to read an important message
about "The Kite" You can download this page HERE

You might read other stories about
Frog and Toad
There are many.
and come back soon to listen to more at


Thursday, February 16, 2017

5 Reasons Why You Need to include Word Study Everyday in Teaching Reading

Words, words and more words!

Word Sorts are easy for you and motivating for your students!  You will find that your students will collect words, like they collect trading cards.  Who doesn't love a collection?
Daily word work is important to those learning to read. 

5 Reasons why you should include word sorts, word study and learning new vocabulary in Teaching Young Children to Read     

1.  It enables your reader to say what he or she means.  When young children hear and learn new words they acquire the ability to describe a story, depict an event and explaining the emotion.  Their ideas and opinions are more readily and easily shared with family, friends, teachers and adults.  The ability to communicate more exact meanings increases as they acquire a rich vocabulary. 

2.  Understanding others is easier when the child has a storehouse of words.  As readers, we are always expanding our vocabulary.  As writers, we learn new words to convey our thoughts and stories.  Unfamiliar words can be readily learned within the context of known words.  Reading comprehension is the key to understanding texts and authors. Learning new words is the foundation of comprehension.
3.  Acquiring a rich and vast vocabulary allows the reader to think logically and  beyond the text.  Reading, understand and words spiral with the reader.  As the reader grows, he/she is able to interpret ideas from others more readily and is able to express their own ideas with closer meaning.
4.  Developing a powerhouse of words enables the reader to communicate in a more engaging way.  Learning similar words, synonyms, antonyms enables the speaker  to engage others in conversation and communicate in a more effective way.  Describing feelings and events become clearer to the listener.  Writers engage their readers with narratives that are so descriptive the reader feels the emotion and sees the the predicament. 
5.  Becoming literate means a rich and vast vocabulary.  Being articulate, exact, interesting and entertaining engages your reader or listener.  Literacy means reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking... all of these facets are accomplished with word study and word work.  Literacy means communication and understanding and our basic tools are words.

Word Sorts for Vowel Sounds
Find yours HERE
Word Sorts for Consonant Blends
Find yours HERE

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Learn Multiplication and Geography - Educational, Fun and Motivating!

This multiplication activity is both educational and fun.  Students spin to solve a multiplication fact, then find that product (answer) on the USA map.  Students work with a partner and take turns spinning, solving the multiplication fact and then finding the state.  To color in the state, students must answer the multiplication fact and name the state correctly.  A challenge game, should they choose, is to also know the state's capital.  First one to finish coloring the USA map is the winner!
You can grab your Multiplication Fact - USA activity HERE
Student Spins to Solve a Multiplication Fact
Spin to Solve a Multiplication Fact

First one to have colored the entire USA map wins!

Monday, February 6, 2017

100 Best Teacher Resources for the Elementary School Student

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Math Facts Practice for Valentine's Day Grades 1-3 and Homeschoolers

Fun Practice for Math Facts - Download, print and place at Your Valentine's Day Table
Find it HERE

Saturday, January 14, 2017

100th Day of School

  You can get your 100th Day of School Shirt HERE

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or if you'd like one for a student
get that one HERE

You can also get 100 Tally Mark Stickers for your entire class!
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Learn About Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.  
You can download a 2-page reading passage HERE
to teach your students about this outstanding person in US History.  This reading passage is appropriate for Grades 2-3 and homeschoolers.  It relates important information and facts in US history about Martin Luther King, Jr. 

 If you are looking for reader response pages and writing prompts to go with your reading about MLK, you can find more HERE

A great springboard for insightful discussions in your classroom.  After reading this quote by MLK, have your students write about what they might be doing to help other people.  Great lesson to teach, and a great lesson to learn early in life.  Living with this giving and caring essence surely will make our world better.

This famous quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. shows tenacity, fortitude and strength in doing what is right to improve yourself.  Another quote for class discussion; and you can easily use this as a writing prompt for MLK day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream.  Most of us have dreams.  What is your dream? Thinking of others and practicing the golden rule.  Great day to teach children that considering friends and classmates  is an admirable way to live.  What do you most admire about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are some more writing response pages you might wish to use when celebrating MLK's birthday.

You can find them at .... go to the free resource page.  While you are there, see some other free resources... 

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