The Friday Before Winter Break

What a week! 
Who are we kidding? What a month--assessments, sick students, assessments, holiday parties, paperwork, crafts, and so on! 

With all the craziness of this time of year, I had the very best thing happen this week. Over the last couple of months, or when I order books from +Scholastic, I have been choosing books for my students. I make a little list with their names and 3 or 4 topics they are into. I mark them off as I find a book I think they will like. It is cheesy, but I do it every year and I enjoy the challenge! 
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T helped me wrap the books and personalized pencils one afternoon. He's such a little helper and was equally excited to share the books! Wednesday morning, I gathered my class and we sat on the edge of the carpet during morning meeting. I told them I had something very special to give them.  One fun little boy said, "It's probably books." I grinned. Then, just like Santa (especially with this baby belly,) I passed out presents to all the little girls and boys! 

Guys, they opened their gifts and went nuts. 

"I've always wanted this book!" 
"I love it Mrs. S.!" 
"Look, look, I got a Who Would Win!"
"It's a 3D book!"
"THE PENCILS HAVE OUR NAMES!"

There were hugs and more hugs and thank yous and "can we go read them now?"

I was speechless and teary eyed. They went off and read their books happily and my heart smiled! They have become quite the little group of readers and quite the little community. Merry Christmas to me! 

Letting Kids Sort It Out

I have a guest post up on the International Reading Association's site, Reading Online Today! EEEK! It's my first one with them and it is a little glimpse into my classroom! The article is all about how my students have ownership of our classroom library. It makes me smile just thinking about it! 

I love the IRA! I attend their conferences (amazing PD,) present regionally with them, can't get enough of their articles, AND love their amazing Twitter chats! 

Click on the pictures or HERE to read the article and share the reading love!! 

Winter Break Funny

HA! 
This is funny as a teacher AND as a kindergarten mommy! T is fired up friend! Fired up!! 

Have a great Wednesday! 

What We're Reading Sunday

This week I'm sharing our favorite holiday reads. T picked a couple and I picked a couple!
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We love the original Pete the Cat books! He loves Pete and seeing Pete in the Santa hat sealed the deal. We are so lucky Santa brought this to us one year! 
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Another favorite of T's is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He still gets upset when Rudolph isn't allowed to join the reindeer games. I hope he always has this heart. 

Now for mommy's turn! 
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If you have not read Silver Packages, PLEASE do yourself the favor. It is just beautiful. I read it to T every year and to my first graders and I cry every time. They are happy tears though, I promise!! 

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We have three versions of this story and I love them all! I even love all of the other books written to follow the pattern of this classic story. I'm a fan! 

This list could go on and on, but I'll stop here! We are busy making our book wishlists and goodies for my first graders! T is such a great helper! 

What is your favorite holiday read for your family?

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