A Guided Reading Symphony

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H. E. Luccock As teachers of reading, we are like the directors of a symphony.  The movements are unique and flow at varying tempos.  All are beautiful and build with proper direction.  Our students are depending on us to deliver …Continue reading

Building Readers

  “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.  It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” —Kate DiCamillo I love to sit on the carpet with a small group of young readers and examine a simple predictable book. These emergent texts open the door to reading for my kindergartners. …Continue reading

Each Kindness

“This is what kindness does, Ms. Albert said. Each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world.”  – Jacqueline Woodson, Each Kindness Whenever I look at a list of ways to help children become kinder or more compassionate, one suggestion is always to read books to them.  Books help all of …Continue reading

Even More Books About Belonging

Here’s my final list of books about belonging.  These continue, in a different way, to address questions like:  Do I belong?  Where?  Does being different matter?  Does location define me?  Am I acceptable as I am?  Tough questions from highly readable books. The Other Boy written by M. G. Hennessey; illustrated by Sfe R. Monster; …Continue reading