Home Reading

 Why have a book as a buddy?

A book is always there for you! Day, Evening, Night. Just pick it up and READ!!
A book is smart. Books contain pretty much all the knowledge and wisdom in the whole world – not just for today, but for all of history.
A book keeps your secrets. You can read/write/tell your secrets and it will never tell anyone.

At the start of the school year, I had each child bring to school their favorite book from home. It took us about two weeks but I read every book to the class. I loved reading the child’s favourite book. Often as I read the book, the child would read the entire book along with me, while the other children just listened.
This activity continued to promote my love for literacy and the connection between home and school.

Family literacy is essential for a child’s success. It can happen in so many fun and exciting ways, from enjoying a storybook together at bedtime or during the day, to playing word games, singing, writing to family and friends, sharing day-to-day tasks such as making shopping lists or using a recipe or surfing the Internet for fun and interesting sites.

As teachers we see the benefits of encouraging and developing family literacy with our families and students.

Here are some interesting literacy facts we already know but are a reminder to us to encourage literacy, family involvement and the love for books!!!

  • Research shows children have a better chance of becoming fully literate adults if reading is encouraged in the home (Literacy BC).
  • Studies show beyond dispute that children’s achievements in school improves with increased parent involvement in education (Henderson, 1998).
  • Children raised in literate households are likely to enter grade one with several thousand hours of one to one pre-reading experience behind them (Literacy BC)
  • For a child, the more time spent with a parent reading aloud increases his or her level of attachment, enhances a sense of security, and imparts the knowledge that their parent feels they are worthwhile people with whom to spend time (How to Raise a Reader, 1987).
  • Having a parent or other caring person read aloud with their children helps children learn listening skills, vocabulary and language skills, as well as develop imagination and creativity (Family Literacy Foundation, 2001)
Pick up a book and READ!

Portfolio / Blue Book

2012 is upon us very shortly- a great time for reflection and resolutions.  Way back when I was in university (many, many years ago) , we were required to create a portfolio for job interviews.  Although portfolios do not seem as common during interviews, I still believe it is great to always have, just in case a question arises and you can SHOW OFF!

However, if you don't have a portfolio, I do encourage you to have a Blue Book or in my case after many years of teaching a Blue Box.  This is a place to keep all of your treasured memories from teaching.  Thank you cards, Awards, Pictures of your Best Units, Letters of References, Accomplishments - Anything that will put a smile on your face after a bad day.  Keep it handy and update it regularly.  You will be amazed by the items you collect and the pieces you will cherish the most.

I love this one quote about a portfolio because I have seen so many different styles and presentation formats - a portfolio truly is a reflection of YOU!
"Portfolios are a marriage between science and art; the science is synthesizing and evaluating the artifacts coupled with effectively illustrating the art of teaching.  While it is used as a vehicle in which to showcase one's strengths, achievements, philosophies and growth, the criteria for success weighs heavily on the ability of being authentic in the portrayal of one's true self" (Ruban & Gauthier, 1998).

So if you are just starting out on creating a portfolio or you are updating your current one, here are some great things to consider.
1) Pictures, Pictures, Pictures - They are a must and everyone loves looking at them.
2) Professional Information - Resume (yes, make sure you always have an updated one), Letters of Recommendation, Formal Evaluations, Transcripts, Awards
3) Autobiographical Statement and Educational Philosophy
4) Teaching Practices and Artifacts - highlight some of your favorite units/lessons/examples of student work.

Remember your portfolio or Blue Book is a great way to continue to grow professionally and highlight how we continue to learn, develop, grow and update our knowledge, skills and attitudes as educators. 

Possible Sections:


And my most recent addition!!

Have a great time working on your portfolio or just looking through your blue book with a hot cup of coffee!

11 in '11 Linky Party

The years seem to pass by so fast and sometimes we never really reflect.  Thank you to Hadar and Kristin for hosting this Linky Party.

11.  Favorite movie you watched:

I hardly ever watch movies and if I do, I forget them the next day.  But one I watched recently that was cute was Friends with Benefits.

10. Favorite TV series:
 Blue Bloods!  I love this show and it is a great way to relax on a Friday night after a long week at school.  I love this show so much that I had to buy two episodes this season from iTunes because the PVR was full.

And of course watching Donnie from NKOTB doesn't hurt either.

9. Favorite restaurant:
I don't really like cooking so I will go out every chance I get.  One of my favorite restaurants is Sorrentino's.  YUM!

8. Favorite new thing you tried:
BLOGGING!!!  I started Blog Hoppin' in May just casually.  By June, I was completly hooked.  And by August, I started two blogs.  I love the blog community!  All of you are so talented, caring, and amazing!

7. Favorite gift you got:
This is super easy!  I finally got my first Burberry bag!  I absolutly love it!  It is big enough to hold all of my teacher stuff!

6. Favorite thing you pinned:
I am addicted to pinning quotes and posters! 

5.  Favorite blog post:

Girl Power.

the candy dish

4. Best accomplishement:
Completing my Master of Education in Special Education.  Two years of hard work, finally paid off!

3. Favorite picture & 2. Favorite Memory

Surprising my niece with VIP Tickets to Katy Perry!  Her very first concert and sitting in row four!  What a great night!


Going with your two best friends to NKOTBSB! A great night-so much fun!

1. Goal for 2012:
Be the best I can Be

Happy New Year Everyone!