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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Caldecott Books + Critical Thinking

Because I love Caldecott books and critical thinking skills, I combined them into a set of fun products -- Story Sleuths.

Here's how it works:
  • Read a specific set of Caldecott books to your students.

  • Post a set of clues that describe 1 of the books.

  • Students have 1 week to submit a guess as to which book is described.
  • On Friday, winners are announced and given a certificate.

  • A new set of clues is given on the following Monday.
  • Play continues in this way for 4 weeks/unit.

Story Sleuths are designed for K - 4 classes.  They are CCSS aligned.  Originally created for use by an enrichment teacher, librarian, or art teacher, they are readily usable by individual classroom teachers.

Students involved in Story Sleuths exercise many levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.  At the same time, they enjoy great literature, learn about artistic media, and participate in collaborative problem solving.  Better yet, they love these units!

Best yet . . . all Story Sleuth products are now on sale for 30% off the regular price.  Hurry!  They won't be marked down for long.

Even the bundle is on sale!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

To celebrate, I'm offering some resources for 30% off!  The sale items will change frequently, so please check back often.  

Currently, these are the sale items:


It's about time that I tried offering some collaborative boards on Pinterest!  Followers are hovering near 900 on each board after just 1 week.  I'd love to have you join.  

Saturday, June 7, 2014

An Apology for the Apologies

Apparently I need to apologize for my apologies; the ones I never got written.  

The rest of my spring has been filled with more grandchildren -- literally.  Our newest granddaughter came a bit early. So, we had no sooner left for NC for granddaughter #2's birthday, than we received word that Aria Melinda was here.  Our son and daughter-in-law wanted us to come for 2 weeks.  So, 1.5 days after driving home from NC, we flew to sunny CA.  [Just as an aside: why in the world do I live in central IL when there is such a paradise on the west coast?  Maybe the hubs and I can retire there.]  

2 days after returning from CA, our daughter's family, the N. Carolinians, came for a 2 week stay.  The kids were tracked out and they had to come back to the midwest to look for housing as her husband has been transferred to the Quad Cities.  Great news for us since the grandkids will now be 3 hours away rather than 12.  But, it was a very busy 2 weeks with 3 little ones running around the house.

It has taken me a little while to recover from all of this grandparenting.  And now, it's summer. Whew.  I'll really try to do better with my blog, just in case anyone is still following.

I have finally taken the plunge and created some collaborative Pinterest boards.  If you are interested in joining any/all of them, please email me with your request:  You have to follow the boards before I can invite you to collaborate.  

Between grandchildren, I did manage to create a few new products.  Check these out: