Featured Teacher: Connecting to Books

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By Susan Wilson, Fourth Grade Teacher   This week’s featured teacher is Susan Wilson.  She is a National Board Certified fourth grade teacher and is currently staying at home with her two irresistible sons– one is three-years-old and the second is eight months.  Susan is one of those natural educators who makes inspiring a class of ten-year-olds […]

Boost Your Child’s Creativity in 5 Minutes Flat

Not a Box Follow Up Activity  {Playdough to Plato}

A couple of years ago, I started teaching at a new school that prided itself in helping children become lifelong thinkers.  Teachers developed this skill in a long list of different ways but one of my favorites was giving the time to let children invent things.  Several times each week, we pulled out big tubs […]

Book Treasures

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  Calling all Martha Stewart types!  Help your child improve her reading comprehension and give yourself an excuse to get crafty at the same time.  After reading a book together, give her a small “treasure” that you made for her to keep as a reminder of something important in the story.  For example, we made […]

A Letter to Obama’s Dog

Writing to Bo, Obama's Dog

I am a huge fan of connecting reading and writing to real life experiences.  I read books about doctor visits before my boys visit their pediatrician to help them connect stories to their own life and I try to talk out loud as I add items to our grocery list so that my sons will […]

A Tasty Combination

Green Eggs  {Playdough to Plato}

Two of my favorite things are reading and eating.  Combining the two is a heavenly combination.  Help your child become involved and connected with a book by eating foods that are highlighted in a story.  The picture to the left might look unappealing at first, but imagine fixing these green eggs after reading the Dr. […]

Bringing Books Alive: Cookies and Playdough

Cookies: Connecting Reading to Real Life

With just a little bit of planning, you can make stories come alive for your child.  Leo Lionni’s Little Blue and Little Yellow follows the story of two best friends: a yellow blob and blue blob.  After becoming separated from one another, the blobs are overjoyed when they finally meet.  They hug each other tightly […]

Postcard Exchange

Postcards from postcard exchange

I love learning about different places both in the United States and abroad.  That is probably why one of my all time favorite literacy projects is joining a postcard exchange.  The premiss is simple: sign up to send a postcard from your community to everyone who is assigned to your exchange group.  In return, you […]

Bringing Books Alive: Airplanes and More

Reading Airplane Books On An Airplane

When my family and I took an airplane trip recently, I packed several plane stories to take along on the flight so that my oldest son could connect the illustrations he saw in books at home with the super-sized real deal.  Hands down, his favorite story of the bunch was Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker. […]