Tuesday, January 19, 2016

My Favorite Books

This post was originally published on the SeeMamaTeach Collaborative Blog.

Image Credit KG Fonts

As the daughter of an avid reader, as a teacher and as a mom I can say without hesitation and falseness that I love books!  My classroom library is huge, much larger than necessary for a pull-out teacher.  My son's library at home is quite honestly overflowing.  Books are awesome... and these are some of this Teacher-Mom's favorites!

I learned to 'read' this book in first grade.  I put read in quotations because I really just had it memorized! There is a cassette tape of first-grade me reading this book somewhere!  
This book is great because it has a rhythm and the words are repetitive.  Whenever I would read this too my students they would start to read along with me.  There are also hand motions and a song.  My son loves the pictures and especially loves it when I sing the story.  This books is so awesome I still have it memorized!

This is an old book... so old you can't get new copies for less than $100 now (at least not on Amazon)!  However, maybe your local library has a copy.  This adorable book about the trouble children get into while mom and dad are away (hint: it involves paint!) brings me right back to my childhood.  The words are simple, and the pictures are colorful.  This would be an easy book to learn to read and definitely one children (and adults) can enjoy over and over.

Here's another book from my childhood that is pretty hard to get a hold of these days.  I love this book for the rhyming text and the pictures.  I'm sure you've seen Steven Kellogg's illustrations elsewhere (The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash, the Pinkerton books, Is Your Mama a Llama ... just to name a few) you know they are detailed, colorful and exquisite.  My favorite part of this book are the pages at the end where the boy is dreaming about flying on the goose.  Every time I look I see something new.

Baby Boy loves the Sandra Boynton board books.  I remember loving them from when I was young too!  As an animal lover you can't help but laugh at the antics these guys get into!

This one is actually my husband's childhood favorite, and he bought it as a gift prior to baby boy's birth. It is great because there are so many objects in the book to point out and name!  And it's pretty funny too!

 Last but not least we have Wish.  This book was a gift from one of my colleagues at my school baby shower.  It is a beautiful depiction of how hard it can to become parents and how much love a parent has for a child before he or she is even born.  I tear up whenever I read it.

Ok I lied... one more.  Have you heard of these books?  They are customizable so that pages of the book spell your child's name!  We got one as a gift shortly after baby boy was born.  Since his name is so long reading it to him at this point is an exercise in frustration (won't sit still)!  However, I am sure that when he is older it will be one of his favorites.  After all, he is the main character.  

So what books are your families' favorites?

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The beginning of a new year ... blog hop

My lovely teacher-mom friends from See Mama Teach and I are doing a blog hop to get you geared up and ready to make 2016 awesome!  
I am stop number 3 on this trail of awesome tips, that will culminate with a giveaway for a StitchFix gift card and a bundle of TPT goodies!
Are you feeling renewed with the new year? I certainly am!  I am working on my goals for 2016 and doing some reflecting on 2015.  

One thing I want to do in the coming year is engage in more activities to make myself happier.  With that said I decided to create and complete a 30-Day Happiness Challenge.  

I pulled ideas from 3 different happiness challenges, pictured and linked below.

However non of these challenges were exactly right for me so I pulled bits and pieces from each and put them in my own calendar!

The items in green are mom things and will be recapped on See Mama Teach on February 6th.  The ones in blue are teacher things and will be recapped back here on that same day!  I hope you'll join me!

When you get to the end of this blog hop you will have the chance to enter to win a bundle of TPT goodies including my name plates!
There are four different color choices, letter-sound pictures, and they can be printed with the Fountas and Pinnell Sight word list or the Pre-Primer sight word list on the back.

Now hop on over to to Sandy for your next stop!

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Friday, January 1, 2016

January Currently

Ok, I missed November and December... But I'm working to get back into the swing of things!

I love audio books... and I love Nora Roberts books.  This is a good one about a negotiator in Savannah, Georgia who falls in love with a million-dollar plus lottery winner turned business man while a mad-man is trying to get back at her for ... well I won't give it away... but it's a good book!

Doesn't it feel great to know that we have a whole new year to start-over or continue.  It's refreshing!

I'm working on my resolutions for 2016.  I'm planning to stick this page in the front of my planner.  Feel free to use it yourself!

I'm hungry.  As soon as I'm done here I'm heading tot the kitchen!

My desk space is a disaster!  OMG a huge disaster...
I'm cleaning it up right after that something yummy to eat!

...one little word...
my word for 2016 is PROGRESS
My friend introduced me to this quote at the beginning of the year, and I've decided to adopt it as my motto for the year!  I will be making progress this year!

Please head over to Farley's blog and link up for yourself!

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