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Wordless Wednesday Book Hunt – WIN $5 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

Name this Book Cover (only a portion of the cover shown)To WIN your $5 Barnes & Noble 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!Same Rules as Last Week to Win (with some bonuses)!!!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 … [Read more...]

Kristin

Friday Discussion Day – Vote for Your Favorite Book!

I like reading all kinds of books!  I truly love biographies and autobiographies, but I also adore the Nicholas Sparks type love stories as well.  If I have to really think about what kind of books I like to read it's very hard.  I guess I just must LOVE TO READ!!! Growing up I was into the Nancy Drew Mysteries, but then I really migrated towards true crime (like Lifetime Movies).  Now I pretty much will pick up anything that interests me.  From … [Read more...]

Kristin

What is Mommy Reading? – “The Shack”

Obviously I was inspired to review this book from yesterday's Book Hunt picture!  The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young, was an amazing read and a very unexpected read.  I had to read this for a book club selection, and I had no idea what this book was going to be about.  I thought it was going to be some sort of murder mystery, but instead it was a journey into religion.  I thought it explained religious views in ways I have never thought about them … [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!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