Showing posts from August, 2011

Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes

For several of my students, kindergarten is their first school experience.  Many of them have had limited exposure to books, so the first book I read to them has to be special.  I'd been hearing about Pete the Cat all summer so when I had a gift card to spend both books were on the top of my list.  I read the books and listened to the songs and really liked them.  Then I read and listened again and I liked them more.  Eventually, I couldn't get the songs out of my head and thought maybe I'd found the book that would start their school experience.
Yesterday was our first day of school and after the parents and tears were gone we sat on the carpet and read Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin.  The kids loved it and starting singing along immediately.  THEN, I took out my iPad and let them listen to the story and song...they were hooked.  They were singing Pete all day long.  We listen to the song several times. 

When we returned from recess someone notic…

Picture Books: 10 on Aug 10th

I really couldn’t be more excited about Picture Books: August 10 for 10th.There not much I like to buy more than a great picture book.Looks like my credit card and Amazon is about to get an amazing workout after this event.Thank you to Cathy and Mandy for hosting and creating is wonderful event.So without further ado…here are 10 picture books I love.

I discovered Ish by Peter H. Reynolds when a friend told me I had to read it.I loved it from the first read but was unaware the impact this book would have on my students.I had a student who among other things was an absolute perfectionist.His illustrations had to be “perfect” and “look like a real one”.His spelling also had to be like “grown-ups”.Although his reactions were mostly out of his control the other children in my class had the same frustrations.After school one day trying to figure out how I could calm everyone’s anxiety about these things and this book came to mind.I thought if Ramon could overcome his need to create perfect t…


Sometime last year I started following several blogs of other teachers.  I loved hearing about new books they were reading, goings on in the classrooms and their new learning.  I even started this little blog of my own.  I felt connected outside my district and was constantly talking about the things I had read. I thought this was the best way to connect.

I'm pretty sure the first time I heard about teachers utilizing Twitter was at the Dublin Literacy Conference.  Franki Sibberson was talking about tech in the classroom and mentioned using Twitter to connect with other teachers.  To say I was skeptical is an understatement, why did I need to know what other teachers were having for dinner or where they were shopping?  I did wonder why someone I respected and learned from would be into Twitter but I still wasn't convinced.

Early this summer, I listened to a podcast by Kassia Wedekind and Katie Keier.  They talked about how teachers are "tweeting" to connect and learn…

Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator

I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love Mo Willems.  Everything the man writes is amazing.  I love him because he connects with my kids is a way that few authors can.  He's funny yet he always leaves us thinking. 

Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator  is another gem from Mo Willems.  In this story, Amanda's best friend is her stuffed alligator.  They have a very sweet friendship based on trust and respect.  Alligator trusts that Amanda will always be there for him, she'll come home ad always have a surprise for him.  One day Amanda's surprise isn't quite what he expected.  He realizes that sometimes things are better than you expect. I love how this friendship evolves. 

In kindergarten we talk a lot about what it means to be friends.  Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator is a great story about friendship and trust.