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Welcome! I hope to use this blog to share some of the amazing things my class and school does to make learning fun! I have been teaching for 15 years already! I started teaching 3rd grade in a Parochial School, then I was hired to teach 1st grade for three years, was moved to 5th grade for 2 years, and then came back to 1st grade in the district where I attended school. I love that I'm able to give back the the school district that guided me to become the teacher I am today! I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, certified 1-8; a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; and my Administrator License Pre-K-12.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Must Have Picture Books Linky Party!

Well, I'm a little behind, but I used The Teacher Wife's linky party to motivate myself to finally go through my books to find my absolute favorites!  

Remember this drama??

Yeah...that was the day I brought in all of those crates and boxes to sort, took one look at them staring back at me and had to take them back out to the was just too much to manage at the time.  But thanks to Lindsey from The Teacher Wife they are all sorted and are waiting to be put on the shelves.  Her linky party actually lit a little fire just where I needed it and I spent yesterday sorting through my books to find a few of my favorites!  It was hard to keep my list at just five books...but I forced myself to follow the rules!  :)
So without further are my "Must Have's"!

I love reading this story when we come back from Christmas Break!  It's such a beautiful story about Wilson Bentley and his determination to take a picture of a snowflake with his camera.  

This book is about a dragon who is invited for tea and one thing leads to another and there is a fire.  The rhyming text and silly pictures make it a fun read aloud that also teaches some important fire safety rules.

Now this one is so much fun to read aloud!  It's about a cute little spider who only wants to be the family's pet so he does things around the house to impress the family.  Unfortunately, the family screams and puts the spider outside whenever they find him.  I love to read this one aloud to the kiddos because I literally scream...and they all jump...which is a little bit hilarious!  :)

Great classic!  It's so much fun to talk about how the mice outsmart the fox.  I love the illustrations too!  If I were a dentist I'd have these illustrations hanging around my office.  So cute!

5. Thanksgiving at the Tappletons', by Eileen Spinnelli
This one might be hard to find.
The publisher has republished it, but has illustrated
it with animals instead of people.
Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday!  No Thanksgiving is complete without this family story!

Well...there you go! 
On a different note, I was just looking at my calendar and had a bit of an anxiety attack...I have something going on every weekend from now until school starts...YIKES!  I think the time has officially come to start buckling down and making some headway in my classroom!  This was my very first summer without classes or having a summer job EVER!  Okay...I probably started working the snack stand at the local pool when 10-12 years old...but still....that's a long time to have my summers filled with assignments and jobs.  Weird feeling but I've loved it!  Can't believe it's coming to an end...

Oh!  Due to my birthday celebration, I've also reached 200+ followers!  Holy smokes!  So tune in tomorrow to see how we're going to celebrate this milestone!  :)

Oh...and one more thing...I think I fixed that robot box thing!  That was like coming home and realizing you have spinach stuck in your teeth after a night out with friends!  (Although my true friends would NEVER let that happen to me!)  Something made me check it by leaving an anonymous comment on my blog last night (make sure you log out of your blog first).  Sorry for all of the vision tests I've been giving those who leave a comment...we should be good to go now!  :)

Have a great Saturday!


  1. I might need to check out that spider looks cute!
    First Grade Blue Skies

    1. I could totally see you coming up with something fabulous with it! :)

  2. Great book choices!! Doctor Desoto is one of my favorites!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    1. Such a great read! I love the cleverness of it!

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    1. One of my most favorite linky parties this year!

  4. I love Snowflake Bentley. So amazing how he died in pursuit of his passion, and what a beautiful gift of art he gave to us all.
    The Meek Moose

    1. I know...I get goosebumps every time I read it!

  5. Thanks for sharing your book list!!! No Dragons for Tea is on my wishlist now!!!

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    Lanier's Kindergarten Lions

    1. It's a silly one! I think your kinders will like it!