What We're Reading Sunday...Book Fair Edition!

Our school had the Scholastic book fair this week and T was soooo excited! I told him he could pick 2 books. He picked 10. We settled on 4. Here are his picks. They also happen to be what we're reading this week!
He LOVES Magic School Bus! 
I saw this one coming a mile away!
Um, I guess. 
This one reminds me that yes, he is my child. I watched him look through it and then he ran over to me and said, "this one looks really good mommy!" SOLD!

What are you reading?

A Love Story

N and I started dating 15 years ago today. It was 11/22/99. (I love a cool number!) I can't believe it has been that long. We were in physics class, I was not doing well, he was doing a little better than me. Yeah right! He was rocking an A. I missed a few classes and asked for his notes. The rest as they say, is history. (I made a C proudly, he kept his A. I take credit for his A because he went over the material so many times for me!)
I no longer share my shake. #confession
 Falcons loving!
I'm the almost outdoorsy type because of this guy!
Oh my goodness, where does time go?
100 years ago! 
He's my best friend. He is my balance and my strength and he's also super cute!! He's the best guy in the world to travel with and he loves our family more than anything in the universe. He puts up with my crazy, encourages me to do that next big thing, and also happens to be the world's best daddy. 

As I'm thinking about my thankfuls, I'm counting him more than twice! I am so thankful he walked into that (terrible) physics classroom 15 years ago and that we've been living happily ever after ever since. 

Guided Reading 101

I was invited to review Snap! Learning. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own, as always. :)

As a huge proponent for all things readers workshop, I sometimes find myself defending guided reading. It is a HUGE part of readers workshop and is a best practice for modeling and explicitly teaching students the skills they need to move to the next reading level. I'm a fan. Guided reading is a piece of the workshop puzzle, and it is a biggie!

Snap! Learning emailed and asked if I would like to review their new guided reading program. I said yes, of course! 

I checked out the lesson plans first (teacher hat) and at kind of felt like it was lesson plan overload. I then thought about parents, tutors, substitutes and even new teachers who would really value the extra information. Each book has activities, modeling, practice words, and comprehension checks. The plans are very user friendly AND you can print them along with the books! What a resource! 

I added T to my roster and we went to work on the kindergarten assignments. He enjoyed the variety of books, loved the interactive pieces AND (this surprised me) the word activities. I love that you can use Snap! Learning on the iPad or interactive whiteboard.
T especially loved acting out Up and Down. I loved the dots under the words! So beneficial for new readers!!
My only hiccup with the program is that students are not able to access everything on a computer. That might be in the works, though! I chatted with our media specialist about the possibility of adding this to our iPads. She's thinking about it! :) I think Snap! Learning is a good resource and I think the look and feel of the program are very attractive to students.

I've added a few of my first graders to the program and they are enjoying it as well. The books are easy to print and staple so they can share them with their parents. It is also one less resource for me to track down! It is all in one place and ready to go!

Find Snap! Learning on FB, Twitter, and Pinterest! Reach out to them for a quote, too!

Usher+Scholastic=Happy Me!

Brace yourself friends and hang on all the way to the end of this post!

I entered Scholastic's big contest to meet Usher when he comes to Atlanta in December. I knew it was a stretch and well, I didn't win. Sad, I know.

I had been following along with Usher and Scholastic on Twitter. I watched his webcast and smiled. 

I remembered jamming with T to Usher's ABC song and his Unique song, too. 

I remembered jamming with my friends to Usher's songs in my youth. (At what point did it become my youth? I don't know!!) 

I've always thought he just seemed like a nice guy. I just got that vibe, ya know? Then he went all edugeeky on me and sealed the deal! 

THEN his PR people emailed and said they would love to have this teacher and a guest attend Usher's Atlanta concert because he loves teachers.

Friends, I'm going to see Usher in December. I'm like 14 months pregnant and I'm going to see Usher. I'm going to dance and sing my heart out. I'm going to be tired from a day of teaching first grade. I'm going to surely be one of the oldest in the crowd. I'm also going to be one of the happiest in the crowd! I'm going to see Usher and I feel all "I'm 18" about it!

Thanks Scholastic and thank you Mr. Raymond! 

PS I'll post pics! 


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