Monday, November 25, 2013

Time 2 B Thankful

My blogging buddies, Bex, from the Reading and Writing Redhead and Molly from Lucky to Be in First are hosting conversations about what makes us thankful.  What are you thankful for???


November is the perfect opportunity to take a time-out from life to reflect on the many blessings we've been given.  Years ago I read the book, Simple Abundance, and kept a gratitude journal.  I loved the process of counting my blessings each evening.  It brought so much positivity into my life.  While I've strayed from the actual journaling exercise, I still consider myself quite blessed.  Here are some of the many blessings for which I'm so thankful.

I am surrounded by caring, supportive, fun-loving friends and family. My heart is full.  :)

I'm thankful for you, too.  I appreciate each comment and email you send.  I've learned so much from from you along the way.  I've grown as a teacher and as a person by being a part of this teaching and blogging community.  For that I am truly grateful.

How about you? For what are your thankful this season?  Link up with the Reading and Writing Redhead and Lucky to Be in First and share!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Enjoy every precious minute you are able to spend with your loved ones.  :)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Gift of Reading Blog Hop

Welcome to Read With Me ABC. You have arrived at...  

At each blog stop, you will be gathering Reading gifts and freebies.  In each post you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. Collect all of the letters to solve the mystery quote to enter the giveaway. Record all of the letters on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you may go to A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher's blog.  This is also where you will go after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!

Trouble with Trolls, by Jan Brett

Jan Brett visited a local venue yesterday on her fall book signing tour.  I'm sure you are not surprised to learn that tickets were sold-out long before  the event took place.

She has a wonderful collection of holiday and winter-themed picture books that are *perfect* for this time of year.  If you haven't looked her up recently, you may be surprised at the sheer volume of picture books she has written.  She also has a wonderful website packed with digital treats for you.  If your students write her a letter, she will send them a pack of goodies.  My students loved getting mail from authors.  :)

I especially love the book, Trouble with Trolls.  In the story, Treva is having trouble with five greedy trolls who keep snatching her dog.  Her clever ideas prove to outwit the trolls time after time. Your students are certain to love this tale.  

My gift to you is a set of activities designed to support and enrich your instruction of Trouble with Trolls.  Just click the picture to download it. This is a new item in my store.  I would appreciate it if you left a sweet comment on TPT for me.  Enjoy!  :) 

UPDATE:  The freebie hop ended at 8PM Eastern Time.  This item is now available on TPT for $4.

My secret letter is...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you and your students will enjoy this gift of reading. If you would like to be the first to know about new posts, giveaways, and blog hops follow me on Bloglovin' by clicking the image below. 

Don't stop now... Hop on over to the Comprehension Connection to visit my good buddy, Carla, and pick up another amazing reading gift. Happy Holidays! 


If you get lost along the way use the Hop Map below to easily pick back up where you left off! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Terrific Turkey Tales

It's time to talk turkey. Thanksgiving turkey, that is. Here are a few of my favorite picture books starring our feathery friend. :)

Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy

Turk's parents are proud of him.  He's the biggest, strongest, most graceful bird at Wishbone Farm. "He's a dancer," says his mother. "He's an athlete," says his father. "He's a goner," says his little brother, Runt. But no one ever listens to Runt.  Will Runt keep his family safe this holiday season?

Run, Turkey, Run!

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching.  The farmer is 
searching for a plump bird for his feast.  Turkey must find a place to hide.  If he can't outsmart the farmer, there’s only one thing left to do, outrun him.  Run, Turkey, run!

A Plump and Perky Turkey

It's Thanksgiving time in a small town, but all the turkeys have skipped town.  The townspeople need turkey for their feast.  They devise a clever plan lure an unsuspecting turkey to town. Peter takes the bait, but will he fall for their trap?

Turkey Trouble

Turkey is in trouble, BIG trouble.  It's almost thanksgiving, and he's the main course.  After many hilarious attempts to conceal his identity, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise. 

Speaking of disguises, aren't these little turkeys the cutest?

Need more Thanksgiving book suggestions? Click {here}.

Blog Hop Announcement!  

Please join me Friday for the Gift of Reading Blog Hop. Several literacy teachers have joined together to offer you freebies and a chance to win one of three Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards.  

Sunday, November 17, 2013

October SLANT Box Reveal

This week went by in a blur.  After two very long evenings at work and a slew of parent-teacher conferences, I felt weary.  It was wonderful to wrap up the week with a little surprise on my doorstep when I finally made it home.  Hello October SLANT Box!  :)

Have you heard of The SLANT Box Exchange? SLANT stands for Sending Love Across the Nation to Teachers.  It's a monthly gift exchange for teachers hosted by Lessons with Coffee.   I love, love, love this idea!  

The SLANT Box Exchange

I spent this past month getting to know two amazing teacher-bloggers, Laura from Enchanting Learning and Terry from First at Bat.

Laure is my first match; she teaches kindergarten and sent her SLANT Box my way.  From baking (and eating) to drinking coffee, eating chocolate, and watching movies, Laura and I have so much in common. Here's a little peek at the goodies she selected for me

I sent my SLANT Box down south to Terry in Florida.  Terry is a first grade teacher and a gifted writer.  I've enjoyed following her thoughtful "I Am Thankful" posts on Facebook.  She has a warm heart, strong faith, and beautiful grand-babies that she showers with love.  

This project was super fun.  It was wonderful getting to know Terry and Laura.  I'm looking forward to continuing these new friendships.  

Don't forget to hop on over and visit them at First at Bat and Enchanting Learning.

If you'd like to participate in SLANT, visit Jameson at Lessons with Coffee.
Special Announcement:  Come join me Friday for a Gift of Reading Blog Hop.  You can grab up some great literacy freebies and enter a giveaway for one of three TpT Gift Cards.