December Book Picks

I can't believe December is almost here!  Where did the time go?  I will spend much of the month assessing my students and then, reporting out to parents about their child's progress.

In the meantime, I hope to be able to share with them a few favorite books that bring a little winter into our southern California lives.

Although, I love Christmas and so do many of my children, I try to teach children about other traditions that are celebrated during the winter months.  Instead, if time permits, I will spend a little time teaching about Hanukah and/or Kwanzaa.  Children will have access to Christmas theme books at the listening center or in the library.

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What will you be reading this month?  Link up here. I'm always on the lookout for more books to add to my Gingerbread collection.

Happy Reading!


Thankful For...Linky Party

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I would like to stop and reflect about the many blessings that I have in my professional and home life.  I hope to share throughout the week including a special thank you to my Followers.  :)

Weekends are family days.  My son loves breakfast and pancakes in particular.  This has become a standard favorite in our home; in fact, we had it today.  I love that my four year old can help prepare this meal with me as he helps to peel, measure, and whisk.  :)
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What are you thankful for?  Link up here.



Thankful Turkeys

Instead of the traditional Thanksgiving card, my students will be taking home a Thankful Turkey to adorn their home.  Pinterest inspired, I love how cute they look.

Together, we brainstormed what we were thankful for.  Here is a typical sample.  (Is it ever to early to be thankful for presents?)  Afterwards, I assembled the feathers for them.
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If you grab a copy to use or tuck away for next year, leave a comment about what you are thankful for. Today, I am thankful that I survived our walking field trip. One more day until Thanksgiving break!

Happy Teaching and Learning!

Anchor Charts to Support Comprehension

Do you use anchor charts to support students understanding?

Here are a few charts to help support my students understand basic comprehension skills.  The key words are color coded so that the kids can make a connection between these words.

Be sure to include animals, people and diversity. 

We are putting these skills to practice during our read aloud time. It has also helped my speech students who have difficulty understanding the W words (who, what, when, and where).

Using familiar text will help students connect to these comprehension skills.

Happy Teaching and Learning!

Math in Pictures

I love how these stations can be a part of our math time for as long as necessary.  I change them as needed but many can be adapted.  How are your math stations going?  Any suggestions to make math even better?  Comment away.  I love to read them.

Happy Teaching and Learning!
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