How To Catch The Easter Bunny – Spring STEM and Procedural Writing

How To Catch The Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton is an excellent book to read with your kiddos at Easter time. I always love teaching procedural writing… but a procedural writing activity that lends itself to STEM is the BEST! This book is the perfect starting point for fun and engaging writingContinue reading “How To Catch The Easter Bunny – Spring STEM and Procedural Writing”

All The Ways To Be Smart Activities For Back To School

All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys is a beautifully illustrated book that celebrates the many talents of every child. Inspired by Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, the author explores the concept of intelligence and the unique qualities of every child. This book has fast become one of my first week of schoolContinue reading “All The Ways To Be Smart Activities For Back To School”

How to Catch a Turkey – STEM and Procedural Writing

I always love doing procedural writing… but a procedural writing activity that lends itself to STEM is the BEST! Reading the book How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton is the perfect starting point for this fun and engaging project-based learning Thanksgiving activity. The kiddos love being creative and designing theirContinue reading “How to Catch a Turkey – STEM and Procedural Writing”

Fun Christmas Activities For The Classroom That The Kids Will Love!

During the holiday season, engaging our students can be harder than ever.  Using holiday and seasonal activities helps to get over that hurdle. These Christmas activities will have your students focused and engaged while working on important skills. 1. Letter to Santa Writing The top Christmas writing activity would have to be the classic letter toContinue reading “Fun Christmas Activities For The Classroom That The Kids Will Love!”

Bear Says Thanks Activities for Thanksgiving

I love using the book to talk to children about being grateful, giving thanks and good manners, as well as themes of friendship, sharing and gratitude. Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman is a classroom favorite for the month of November. The story is about a lonely bear with empty cupboards who decides toContinue reading “Bear Says Thanks Activities for Thanksgiving”

The Best Books About Space for Kids

World Space Week is a UN-declared celebration of space held annually, every October 4 to 10. It is the largest space event in the world and an ideal time for teachers and educators to use space-based activities to excite students about science and technology. What will I be reading in the classroom for World SpaceContinue reading “The Best Books About Space for Kids”

The Fire Wombat by Jackie French

The Fire Wombat – Notable for the 2021 CBCA Book of The Year The publishers say…   As the flames of a bushfire approach, one small wombat shelters with other animals in her burrow. But that is just the beginning of their journey to safety.Based on events witnessed by Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French duringContinue reading “The Fire Wombat by Jackie French”

First Day of School with The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is a classic Back to School book for many Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade Classrooms.  If you’re yet to discover this heartwarming book this is what the publisher says… School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares aContinue reading “First Day of School with The Kissing Hand”

Ellie’s Dragon by Bob Graham

Ellie’s Dragon – Shortlisted for the 2021 CBCA Book of The Year: Early Childhood. The publishers say… No friendship is imaginary.  When Ellie is very little, she finds a newborn dragon fresh from the egg on a supermarket shelf, and calls him Scratch. He is quite the sweetest thing she has ever seen! From thatContinue reading “Ellie’s Dragon by Bob Graham”

Anemone is not the Enemy by Anna McGregor

Anemone is not the Enemy – Shortlisted for the 2021 CBCA Book of The Year: Early Childhood. This quirky and humorous picture book tells the story of a sea anemone who lives alone in a rock pool and desperately wants a friend … The story follows a series of conversations between the anemone and theContinue reading “Anemone is not the Enemy by Anna McGregor”