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Rewarding Reading
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Rewarding Reading

Jul 27, 2016 by

As I was going through and organizing memorabilia from previous years I came across our eldest daughter’s First Grade “Stuck on Reading” log. Her awesome teacher had made a fun little book with a picture of a gum ball on it. For every 5 books her students read (and parent initialed) they would get 1 gum ball in class. Kids were frantic readers –...

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Review: Learning Language Arts Through Literature
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  This is an honest review from our own personal experience of Common Sense Press’ Learning Language Arts Through Literature. (LLATL Purple Book.) I purchased the student book from Rainbow Resources and the teacher’s manual second hand from Ebay. LLATL is all-inclusive language arts curriculum: reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, writing mechanics, creative writing, thinking skills, book studies, poetry and more. I previously was getting...

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England
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England

Jul 28, 2014 by

The first country of our global geography adventure is ENGLAND! This was a great country to start because this is where my parents were born and the majority of our relatives live today.  I remember visiting England a couple of times when I was little and have a few strong memories.  The double decker red buses.  The cobble stoned streets. Tall skinny brick homes....

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classic book list & literature guides
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Great literature has been on my mind lately. One of my favorite courses when finishing my degree was English Lit.  I LOVED finding the symbolism and major thematic ties in great stories.  Just as Common Core is looming to slash the importance of analyzing literature I’ve been feeling a stronger pull to introduce my now 5th grader to the depths of the great stories...

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