Showing posts from January, 2012

Plant a Kiss

Plant a Kiss is written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, it's a picture book dream team!  This is a sweet book showing what would happen if you literally planted a kiss; the result involves GLITTER!I think that the author and illustrator team are enough to know that this book is wonderful. It is also inspiring to spread love where ever you go. Watch the book trailer below. 

I can't to see how my kids react to this sweet story.

My Name is Elizabeth

Saturday while at Cover to Cover with other Central Ohio bloggers someone picked up this book.  By the end of our time I think at least three copies were purchased. 

This is the story of Elizabeth, she loves everything about her name.  She loves the way it's spelled, how it sounds, the way it looks, absolutely everything.  What she doesn't like it being called anything other than Elizabeth.

I think this is something that many kids deal with.  I've dealt with it too.  My name is Nicole and people always assume they can call me Nikki.  That drives me crazy!  People should call you the name you introduce yourself as. 

As I was thinking about using this in my classroom.  I thought to the beginning of the year when we are exploring our names and the way they look.  I also thought Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes would be a great companion book to My Name is Elizabeth. 

For further reading on name books check out Mary Lee's post at A Year of Reading

Relinquishing Control

As a lot of teachers are, I'm the kind of person who likes things planned, orderly and under control. Opposite of that...I teach kindergarten. There have been many times I've had to take deep breaths and let the kids take control of learning or conversations. Even though I know this is what's best for kids it's not always easy to give up that control to 5 and 6 year olds.

This year, I've really tried to let the kids determine many thing in the classroom from supplies they use to where they sit to work. Then last night during #kinderchat on Twitter @erocklewitz said "My kiddos can sit on their bottoms or lie on their bellies in their spots". Of course I want my kids to be comfortable when learning but it had never occurred to me that sitting cris-cross was not the best way to go for all kids. There's my mistake right there...I tried to apply 1 thing to all kids.

It seems so simple. I sit how I'm comfortable why can't they?


I've heard a lot of talk on Twitter about the book Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell.  The cover didn't grab me and I wasn't sure it was something my kids would like.

Fast forward a couple of months to December when people were talking about Caldecott choices and this book kept coming up.  @colbysharp said something like "the last page took by breath away". That is a powerful statement. I saw this book sitting on the shelf in our library and picked it up.

This is the story of a childhood Jane Goodall and her big dreams.  Some of the words are taken from her own autobiography and some of the drawings are from her childhood.  The words are simple but powerful.  I find something new in the illustrations every time I read the book.  I was standing in my library leaning on a shelf when I got to that last page.  I gasped.  It was amazing and perfect. 

I've since checked the book out showing everyone in our hallway (usually more than once). 

I can't wait to shar…

Only One Word

I don't like making New Years Resolutions I never take them seriously and never follow through with them.  There are lots of things I would like to work on or improve both in my personal and professional life but resolutions never seem the right way to go about it.

Then, this week Mandy,  Katherine and as I was writing this Laura, have decided to use One Little Word to guide them this year.  What a smart way to challenge yourself and guide your thinking.  This makes so much sense to me.

My little word is persevere.

Merriam-Webster defines persevere as  "to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement"

I want to persevere in my quest to become healthier. 

I want to persevere in my quest to do what is best for my students despite others opinions.

I want to persevere in my quest to recycle as much as I can making this planet a cleaner place.

I want to persevere in my quest to continue becoming a better teacher…