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Wordless Wednesday Book Hunt – WIN $5 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card

Name this Book Cover (only a portion of the cover shown)To WIN your $5 Dunkin' Donuts Gift Card, you MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower on this blog.  If you are not, just click on it on the right sidebar to become a follower!New directions this week to win!!!1.  MANDATORY: Be a GFC follower and leave me a comment stating that "You are a follower and are sending me a guess via email." - DO NOT WRITE YOUR ANSWER IN THE COMMENT BOX! … [Read more...]

Kristin

Tips for Using Technology in Reading Instruction

I love reading, and I love technology!  I was a middle school technology teacher at one point during my teaching career.  I know how important technology can be as a tool in learning.  Here is what I love about using technology to help teach reading:1.  Kids love technology too!  They will be interested!2.  There are some great games to help kids learn to read and hear sounds.  Here are my favorite sites!3.  There are some great gadgets on the … [Read more...]

Kristin

Kids’ Book Review: The Rainbow Magic Series: Jewel Fairies

This week's review is going to be a little different.  I will be reviewing ALL kinds of kids' books and series, but this one is a special request from my 7-year old daughter.  She had JUST started reading chapter books over the summer, and she will be going into 2nd grade this fall.  She was really resistant to reading chapter books for some reason, and she only wanted to stick to her picture books.  I know all kids progress at different rates, … [Read more...]

Kristin

Friday Discussion Day – “Virtual Book Club” Feedback and More!

1.  REMINDER: We are going to have our "Virtual Book Club" meetings on Friday nights at 8pm!  We will discuss on Twitter with a #hashtag that I will assign that week for the book.  Virtual Book Club will meet on-line once a month!  We can do the 1st Friday of each month!  This will make the first meeting on Friday, September 2, 2011!  We will meet from 8-9pm on Twitter!  Our first book will be Loving Frank by, Nancy Horan.  If you've already read … [Read more...]

Kristin

What is Mommy Reading? – “House Rules”

I will be posting reviews of parenting books and personal books that I am reading!  For this blog I am posting a review for House Rules, by Jodi Picoult.  I found this book to be very educational for me.  I know Jodi Picoult does research for her novels to covey whatever topic she is writing about accurately.  This novel deals with a teenage boy who has Asperger's Syndrome.  Since I am a former teacher, I have worked with a few kids with this … [Read more...]

Kristin

Wordless Wednesday Book Hunt – WIN $5 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card

Name this Book Cover (only a portion of the cover shown)!To WIN your $5 Dunkin' Donuts Gift Card, you MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower on this blog.  If you are not, just click on it on the right sidebar to become a follower!The first GFC follower that gets the correct book title in the comment section will win!  PLEASE put your email in the comment section as well so I can get in touch with you if you are the winner!GOOD LUCK!!! … [Read more...]

Kristin

Kids’ Book Review Day: “We Are in a Book!”

The "Elephant and Piggie" series by Mo Willems (author/illustrator) is another great book series near the top of our list!  We have collected many of them in hardback! Our favorite is We Are in a Book!  Here is what we like best about it (and the others as well):1.  VERY easy to read - Great for kids learning to read (only books my daughter would start with because they were interesting/funny to her)2.  Uses entertaining story lines - simple … [Read more...]

Kristin

ATTENTION!! – Usborne Book Giveaway at 100 Followers!

Get your friends to follow this site!!!  At 100 followers there will be an Usborne Book Giveaway!  All you need to do is be a follower of this site to enter!!!  Usborne is a company with fabulous educational books for kids!!!  Good luck!!! … [Read more...]

Kristin