Thursday, June 2, 2016

My Summer Book Study, The Book Whisperer

Hello All,

I'm probably behind the rest of you about reading this book. I have heard good things about it but had never read it. So, this summer I decided to get it and read through it.

It seems that many of our economically disadvantaged students start off below what is expected with language skills and they keep struggling no matter the intervention or instruction they get. So, what is it that will help close this gap. I am not sure that this book is the answer but I don't think it could hurt.

Here's one quote from the book I saw on goodreads. It makes sense and I am hopeful for what I will learn and be inspired by reading this book.

“I need to put forward more encouraging terms for my students than the negative popular terminology struggling and reluctant. Where is the hope in these terms? I prefer to use positive language to identify the readers in my classes. Peeking into my classroom, I see sixty different readers with individual reading preferences and abilities, but I consistently recognize three trends: developing readers, dormant readers, and underground readers.” 
― Donalyn MillerThe Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

So, have you read the book?  Share your thoughts whether you have read it or not in the comments. I would love to discuss it with you.

Have a great day!
Ms. Fran

Calling all Kindergarten Teachers!!

Hey Everyone!

I am really excited to use this activity with my KK babies next year. As an instructional resource teacher that does pullout sometimes groups overlap. I have to come up with activities that even the lowest ability students can use. I made these clip cards for beginning consonant sounds. Here's a video preview of several slides.

This will be great for my KK babies next year. I think it will be great for your students too. Make the cards self-checking by putting a sticker on the back of the picture that is correct before you laminate. Students can practice their initial sound consonants or work with a partner. You can use for early finishers or use them in a Literacy Center.

I think your struggling firsties could use these and a great review for the beginning of the year.

Click the preview above to go to my TPT store to get this great product!!!

I am trying to give away a FREEBIE on my facebook page. If you have not like it go to my FACEBOOK page (click the words) and like it. When I get 100 likes I will be having a flash freebie. I've got another clip card product I just finished. I'm holding off because I think it would make a great FREEBIE! Who doesn't like a freebie?

What are you up to this summer?  So, any products you are just really needing or wanting? Leave me a comment. I can always use an idea or two!

Have a great day!