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wegivebooks.org {read free books online}

13 Nov

I was searching the internet today for Thanksgiving ideas I could do with my class. I came across this amazing website, wegivebooks.org.

It is a website that supports childhood literacy. There are tons of children’s books that you can read online for free. You can search by age range, genre, or author.

Here is the information from the website:

We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online.

We Give Books combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers.

We Give Books also helps some of the world’s best, most inspiring, literacy organizations by spreading the word about their great work and by providing books to the young people these organizations support.

Who Is Behind It?

We Give Books was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation. Together, we support literacy through programs that engage entire communities through literacy and awareness programs like Booktime and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. We hope that We Give Books proves to be a way that young children, together with their parents or caregivers, can come to understand the power of reading—and of giving—as much as we do.

Penguin Group is one of the world’s premier global consumer trade book publishers, with key market positions in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Canada, India, China, New Zealand and Ireland. The Penguin Group (http://www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

Pearson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pearson plc. A 501(c) (3) nonprofit operating foundation, the Pearson Foundation extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe.

The Books

We are dedicated to delivering award-winning books empowering you to read and share beautiful stories with children in your life. With age-appropriate content for young readers, our goal is to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Books are right at the heart of this program — books for reading and books for giving!

All of the books available for online reading are children’s picture books appropriate for children through age ten. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction, a range of authors, and an equal balance between read-alouds and books for independent readers. We’ll be adding news books every month, together with special seasonal offerings.

The We Give Books team works upfront with each non-profit literacy partner to identify the kinds of children’s books that best fit their program needs. Some of the same great books you can read online will be donated to our charity partners through your reading efforts. We also donate others they request specifically for the young people they serve.

I thought I would share this website with you guys, for anyone who is a teacher or has little ones at home. I think it is a great program and I’m definitely going to try and use it in the classroom.

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school fun {halloween}

1 Nov

I meant to post this yesterday but just didn’t have a chance. So I am posting it now.

Yesterday was Halloween. We didn’t really do much at school for the holiday, but I thought I would share what I did do.

Last week some time I hung up a Happy Halloween banner and some black bats that I cut out. I thought it looked fun and got our classroom in the spirit.

Yesterday I had the students write their favorite candy up on the board so we could see what everyone likes. I thought it was fitting for Halloween.

On another note, I cannot believe that it is already November. Holy cow. Where is the time going???

I filled out our dry erase calendar last night and we are going to be super busy this month. Not to mention that I don’t think we have a real full week at school this whole month which I think will make the month just fly by.

Does anyone else have a crazy month ahead of them??

Happy almost Friday everyone!

fun at school {do something nice day}

10 Oct

I have been keeping up with the crazy holidays and I think it is a lot of fun. The students seem to enjoy it so I will keep it up.

Thursday, the 4th, was World Animal Day. I left a spot on the board for the students to write what their favorite animal is. I had both classes do it so it got very filled up and some of the answers were interesting.

Friday, the 5th, was Do Something Nice Day. I had the students write something nice they could do that day and I loved a lot of the answers.

Today is Stop Bullying Day and October is Bullying Prevention Month. So, the kids are in the process of making bullying prevention posters. They started them today but didn’t finish. So we will finish them tomorrow and I will post more on that later.

 

fun at school {crazy holidays}

3 Oct

 

You know how every single day of the year has some crazy or silly or weird or stupid holiday? Well, I always thought it would be fun to celebrate something every day when I have my own classroom. Something a little different to add to the day.
I don’t have my own classroom yet, but the other day I was looking up some of these crazy holidays. I probably won’t do one every day but I think  I can celebrate some of these days now, during my long term sub job. I noticed that October 2nd was National Custodial Workers Day. We decided to have the kids make thank you cards for the custodians at our school. We’re taking NECAPs this week anyway so this was a good filler activity for the little bit of time after testing.

So I think when there is a fun day that is appropriate for school, I will write it on the board. Some days we might be able to do some kind of activity for it. Other days might just be so they know what that day is for fun. I think it is a fun thing to do just to mix things up a little.
Is this stupid? Or fun? Or what do you think?

 

first day of school {today}

28 Aug
Today was the first day of school with the kids. I was feeling really nervous. I am doing a long term sub job again this year. The teacher who had a baby last year, Ryan, is having another baby and I am covering her maternity leave again. She hasn’t had her baby yet. She is due in a couple of weeks. We’re both working in the classroom until she leaves. She wants me to be completely in charge, which makes sense. I was feeling kind of weird about it because it is her room and her things and having her still there was making me uncomfortable. I know her really well and it wasn’t her specifically. It is hard to explain.
Today I was mostly in charge in the classroom. Ryan was in the room but she stayed mostly in the back and only jumped in when I was missing something when explaining the hand book and things like that. It worked out really well. And I felt much more comfortable.
The class I had last year was so awful. However, this year, they seem to be much better. At least as of right now. I know it was only the first day but they seem like really good kids. Which makes me so happy. I really want to have a better year this year. So far so good.
I got tons of compliments on my outfit today so I thought I would share. I know the pictures aren’t that great but we don’t have a good “take a picture of yourself” place.

I got this dress at Target a couple weeks ago for $12.50! It came with a skinny string that matched the dress. I had this black ribbon hanging in my closet. I think it was from another piece of clothing. I tied that around my waist and I think it looked much better.
It was super hot today so I knew I needed to have my hair up. I braided around the side and did a messy bun in the back.

I feel much better going back tomorrow after how well today went. Hopefully the whole year will go this well. Fingers crossed.

 

bystander {a portrait in apathy}

30 Mar
Today at school we had an assembly called Bystander: A Portrait in Apathy. It is about bullying and how kids need to not be bystanders and need to stand up and say something when they know bullying is going on. It was very powerful.

First we watched some PSAs about bullying that the 8th graders made at the beginning of the year. Then there was a slide presentation mixed with students from our school saying a script. The presentations included information and pictures of students who have committed suicide because of bullying. The last picture they showed was of a 9 year old boy who committed suicide because of bullying. It was a powerful statement to end the presentation with.

I definitely got choked up. I think a presentation like this can really impact a lot of kids and help them not be afraid to speak up. If anyone works at a middle school, I would suggest looking into this program. I think it could make a big difference in a school and in students’ lives.
Here is the website to check any information: http://www.bystander.us/index.html
We really need to stop kids from bullying.

Friday!

9 Sep

I am so glad it is Friday. We haven’t even had a full week of school yet and I am so exhausted. Like fighting to stay awake at 7:00 at night exhausted.

Yesterday was a good day at school. I got a new projector. Yay!! Then I found out that some kids in 5th grade were switching around due to not enough assistant coverage for special ed. So I was losing my 2 special ed students and getting a new girl from one of the other classes. Kind of crazy after 2 weeks of school but understandable because I didn’t have any support in my room for them other than me. So they switched as of today. The new girl in my room is really sweet and quiet. I’m sure it will be great once she gets used to our room.

After school yesterday, I met with some of my girlfriends for our weekly drink date at a local Mexican restaurant. It was fabulous and much needed. Yummy drink and yummy nachos and wonderful friends. One of my friends was talking about whoopie pies….so, when I got home, Dan and I decided to go to the store to pick up a whoopie pie and some sweet treats. It was delicious.

Oh, and I got paid today! Woohoo! Not a full paycheck but at least it is something to get by until next week when I should get a regular paycheck.

Now we’re off to NY for the weekend to visit the in-laws. Have a happy weekend!

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