New Stuff in the Works

I have been working on some reading packets for some of my favorite books. I just finished a packet for Flat Stanley’s Original Adventure and it can be found here


I’m currently working on a packet for Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Judy Blume was my favorite childhood author) and Goblins in the Castle (if you haven’t read this Bruce Collins book you really must…so much fun to do the voices!).

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Finding New Authors

A few years ago I found the author Rachel Hauck. I love the way she writes and the stories she tells. I have read almost everything that she has written (money becomes an issue when you can read a full book of hers in one day). When I was approaching the end of my reading list of books by her I knew it was time to broaden my horizons. But before that I found one more book by Ms.Hauck, A March Bride. I purchased the book that night on my kindle and realized that it was a part of a series. The entire series however was not by Rachel Hauck. The series is called A Year of Wedding Novellas and includes 12 books by 12 different authors. All of these authors have a similar writing style to Rachel’s and the same ideals (good, clean, Christian inspired romance). So from this series I have discovered 11 new authors that I like to read. I am not hooked to any of them the way I am Rachel (it’s a money thing, I assure you), BUT I am pleased to have new authors and books that I am reading. Check out these authors if you have liked Rachel Hauck or any other good, clean Christian inspired romance novels.

Denise Hunter

Deborah Raney

Betsy St. Amant

Lenora Worth

Meg Moseley

Marybeth Whalen

Beth Wiseman

Debra Clopton

Kathryn Springer

Katie Ganshert

Beth Vogt

Happy Reading!

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Wednesday Night Teachings

We have had several new salvations in our youth group over the last few weeks. And in response to this amazing news my husband has decided to spend some Wednesday night time teaching about how to grow spiritually. He started this past week with the question: Why read the bible? I took some notes of the student responses.   Then we dive into a short passage from Romans. Kyle was teaching them how to take more away from reading their bible than just checking off the to-do list. The best statement made last night was:

When you slow down you take away more. 

I can’t wait for next week’s lesson!

Faith Timeline

Today I finished reading Believing God by Beth Moore.

Believing God Beth Moore

This was the first Beth Moore book I have ever read. It was very good and I will definitely be reading more of her material. One of the most impacting parts of this book was when Moore urged me (as the reader) to build a “Faith Timeline”.

 

  

  

Here is how to make your own:

  1. Draw a line across a piece of paper.
  2. Divide the line into fifths to the best of your ability.
  3. Take your age and divide it by 5. For each section of the timeline put a portion of your life according to this simple math. For myself the math looks something like this: 27 (my age) / 5 = 5.4, so I rounded to 6 (yes, I know 5.4 doesn’t round to 6, but it was the number I chose). On the first dot I wrote my birth year (1988). On the second dot I wrote 1994, 6 years old. The third says 2000, 12 years old…and so on.
  4. Now insert times when God has moved in your life throughout the timeline. When were you saved? Baptized? God answered a prayer? Healing came? God taught you something? You grew in the Lord?

This was a cool experience for me. I could really see the different times God has moved in my life and shown Himself. It reminded me that He is always there, even when it feels alone. I cannot wait to continue to add moves of God to this timeline! I cannot wait to see how God continues to be faithful! I cannot wait for His timing on all of the things He has for me! I can’t wait!!!

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Literacy

Currently I am in a graduate course completely about literacy…comprehension, phonics, fluency, the whole shebang!

Well, anyone who knows me knows that I only taught reading for one year before moving into the world of MATH! I love to read for my pleasure and I enjoyed teaching reading, but it was slightly too unstructured for me (I don’t know, I guess I am just a control freak!).

Today I was looking at my BIG assignment for the week and realized that the weakness I discovered last week in my school’s literacy instruction would be the stem of my research for this week. The weakness I found was the lack of use of digital literacy. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good paper book. I love the smell and feel of a book from the library or right out of the printing press. There is nothing like a paper back book at the beach, but young people today have grown up in the digital world. They do not know what card catalogs are (I can remember my mom teaching me how to look up a book’s location at the library with all of the wooden drawers and cards in alphabetical order), or why newspapers are important to adults (they get their news on facebook). So I have compiled a list of my favorite websites and resources for online literacy.

Storyline Online

Literacy Storylineonline.net

This website has tons of children’s books being read aloud by actors. It is slightly animated and the videos can be paused throughout. I love to show these to students, pause them at points and ask questions. This is a great way to have the students listen to someone new and hear the difference in fluency between readers.

Storia

Literacy Storia

Storia is sponsored by Scholastic. This is a great resource of online books (many free titles), dictionaries (for vocabulary), reading reports (assisting with RTI), and much more. Many times with the accounts you can earn points for books. This can also be used at home.

Schlastic also has a ton of resources (some FREE and some not) for teachers, parents, and students. I love their book wizard. It will tell you the level of books. I also like to use some of their interactive lessons. Flashlight Reader is great! It has 9 well known books full of activities.

Literacy Flashlight Reading

Readquarium

Literacy Readquarium

This website leads to all sorts of interactive games where students can practice certain reading comprehension skills. I loved to use this during tutoring because it was not a paper pencil task. Students got to interact with the SMARTboard and did not realize they were practicing their reading skills.

Study Island

Literacy Study Island

I LOVE Study Island! This website is not just for reading, but everything. Sad part, you must pay for a membership. If your school has extra funding (or you want to write a donors choose project –check out this blog post for more information!) I highly recommend this membership. Each subject is broken down by skill and standard. It quizzes students and when they have gotten a certain percentage they can play games. It has lessons (some with videos!) for each skill. My students always loved this website. I have clickers in my classroom which allows me to see individual students answers and run reports. We have a ton of fun here!

Some less interactive, but still digital resources can be found below. I suggest pulling these up on an interactive white board, or just projecting them on the screen. Read through them together, discuss them, answer the questions, OR—print them out and use them as paper reading tasks also.

Read Works

Reading A-Z

The Reading Room -Children’s Literature

Free Reading

English for Everyone

Super Teacher Worksheets

It is time that we bring reading into the digital age. Their will never be anything that replaces a real book, but we must face the facts that students today live in a digital world and are more interested in digital things. Reading must become digital.