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Book Talk Tuesday: How to Teach a Slug to Read

In this adorable book by Susan Pearson a little boy explains to Mama Slug how to teach her Little Slug to read.  Here are a few of his reading rules:

1.  Attach labels to Little Slug's favorite things.

2. Read out loud to him.

3. Point out words that repeat.

4. Sound out words.
5.  Make a vocabulary list.
6.  Be Patient!

This book puts the task of learning how to read into concrete steps.
It is the perfect book for a back to school literacy night.

If you have a book to share please consider leaving a comment below or linking up!

Five Little Monkeys

I just uploaded my newest unit to TPT and I'm so excited because it comes with a song and video by Jack Hartmann.  You can click on the image above to view the unit on TPT.

This unit is full of literacy, math and science activities.

Book Talk Tuesday: Books about Apples

It is pure craziness in my house this week.  My baby is in full swing college basketball mode and we've had a lot of late nights.  As I was trying to think about which book I wanted to feature this week I came across this post over at No Time for and thought why reinvent the wheel?  They already have an amazing line up of great to read books to wind down the month of September.  So click on the image above to hop on over and check out their line up of books.
The Apple Pie Tree is one of my favorites!  Don't forget to come back and link up!!

Aye me Hearties! Pirate Freebie and Booty Sale

Ahoy, me Hearties!

Today is 'International Talk Like a Pirate Day'! To celebrate, I have joined with some friends to give you the chance to find lots of pirate booty!

Each blog will have some different treasure for you to find!

I want to share with you, a fun spin and dob (or color) game with a pirate theme.

You can find it by clicking on the image below, and download it from Google Drive:

You can also click on the image below to find my whole TpT store on sale until midnight tomorrow night! Blimey, that is good news!

Don't forget to pillage some other bloggers buccaneer's posts for more great teaching treasures!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Book Talk Tuesday: Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too

What do you do when you have a big box?
In this heartwarming story Nelly Gnu and her dad make a beautiful playhouse out of the box.

This beautiful book takes you through the process step by step as Nelly and her daddy make the playhouse.  (this would be a great mentor text for procedural writing)

When Nellie and her dad go to the store to buy paint for the playhouse 
she gets lost.  Uh-oh!  

Thankfully Daddy Gnu is right there to make everything okay and they make it home to paint the box.

This book is by the bestselling author of the Llama Llama books and they are every bit as endearing.
The rhyming words, beautiful illustrations and opportunities for kids to make text to self connections with the story are sure to have them asking you to read it again and again.

Here is a sample of the text:

"Nelly loves her Daddy Gnu. He always knows just what to do.

A great big box, some tape, and string-Daddy can make anything!

First they measure. Then they draw. Nelly tapes, and Daddy saws..

Then, they add a little glue. Nelly and her Daddy Gnu!

A perfect little house for one! But Nelly thinks it's not quite done....

It needs some flowers, just a few. Time to shop with Daddy Gnu.

A big adventure to the store! Plants and hammers, ladders, more.

Would she like a better view? Take a ride on Dady Gnu!", (Here is a picture of Nelly on her daddy's shoulders.)

And so the story goes, they look for paint, brushes and other items to complete the house. Nelly goes on to talk about how much fun it is to spend time with her daddy. However, at one point she becomes separated from her dad and gets a little scared. But of course he's not far away and Nelly is all smiles again.

The end of the story goes like this:

"Paint the house with brick designs. Big bright flowers, climbing vines.(Picture of them painting the house together.)

There's nothing that these two can't do-Nelly and her Daddy Gnu.

Time for dinner, Daddy cooks. Then they read their favorite books. (Picture of both sitting in a chair together while daddy is reading to Nelly)

Every night and every day, Daddy makes it all OK.

He always knows just what to do...Nelly's Daddy, Daddy Gnu"

Thanks so much for joining me for Book Talk Tuesday!  I hope that you will consider linking up!

A Dab of Learning Fun {FREEBIE}

Kids LOVE using bingo markers {daubers, do a dot markers...whatever you want to call them} so this little packet is the perfect way to get your Littles to practice and review basic skills.
The pages in this packet cover a wide variety of skills so they can be used throughout the year.
Here are a few of the pages that are included.

After I created the packet I decided to make a few more sheets to share with you so that your little ones could have a DAB of learning fun!
You can click on the image below to download the freebies!

One more day and you get to sleep in!!! YAY!!

Book Talk Tuesday: You Are (NOT) Small

Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!  This book is great for teaching concepts such as opposites and size.  It also points out that size is relative because in this book it's all about who is standing next to

Covers for Math Binders

Thanks so much for all of the positive feedback on our math units!  Deedee and I really appreciate it!  We've been asked by many of you to create some covers that can be used when you put multiple math units in one binder.  So here they are!  The spine labels were made for 3" binders.  We gave you labels for 4 binders.  You can spread the units out over 3 or 4 binders depending on your personal preference.  Click on the image above to download the binder covers.

We will create covers for the writing units as well and add them here tomorrow.
Have a great Sunday y'all!!


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