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What Is Shared Reading and Why It Is So Important

Picture this: you've got a book under the document camera just above the reading level of most of your students.  They are choral reading the book with you and you're stopped by a word covered with a sticky note.  The students are eager to figure out that word to see if they are right.  You work with the students to use vital strategies for figuring out tricky words and each child has an idea of what that word might be.  You slowly peel back that sticky note, read the correct word as whispers of "yes" are heard from throughout the group.  Your students are engaged and learning important reading skills.  This is shared reading!  Shared reading is a necessary activity in all classrooms, especially in primary classrooms.  Keep reading to learn more! 

The Best Books to Start Your Year in a Primary Classroom

It's no secret that I love reading aloud to my students (I'm pretty sure I start every read aloud blog post like this #sorrynotsorry). Reading aloud is so important for the reading development of our students. See my blogs posts >>HERE<< and >>HERE<< to see why.  Anyway, I like to start reading aloud to my students on the first day of school.  Yes, THE VERY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!  I love getting into the routine of what read alouds look like so I start with them from the beginning and read a lot of books the first couple of weeks.  These are some of my favorites you should definitely check out.


4 Reasons Why Every Teacher Needs an Instagram Account

Instagram is my jam!  It is by far my favorite social media outlet.  Who doesn't love looking at pretty pictures?  I've had my personal account since 2012 and my teacher account since 2015.  It was shortly after starting my account for Our Elementary Lives that I realized just how valuable it has been to me as a teacher.


6 More Important Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Children

If you've been following my blog this summer, you know I've got a new mission: to support parents and families in reading to their children.  We know that reading aloud to our kids is so important.  I'm back to tell you 6 more (REALLY) important reasons why you should read to your children.

5 More Tips to Get Writer's Workshop Up & Running

I love writer's workshop!  I've had the chance to go to Columbia University Teacher's College in NYC for the Reading & Writing Project run by Lucy Calkins twice for writing!  Writing has gone from my least favorite to one of my most favorite subjects to teach.  I want to give you 5 tips more tips to get writer's workshop up and running.  Want to see the first 5 tips? Check out >>THIS<< blog post.5 tips for K-3 teachers starting writer's workshop.

Interactive Read Aloud: First Day Jitters

It's the first day of school and what book is ALWAYS in my plans?  First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg.  Always!  This is the perfect read aloud for the first day of school and this interactive read aloud resource is the perfect companion.  Keep reading to see why.


My Classroom Theme & Why it Hasn't Changed in 10 Years

Bees!  It's my classroom theme and has been pretty much since the beginning of my teaching career.  If you're the type of person who changes themes every year, way to go!  More power to you!  Changing themes each year is not my thing and I'll share with you why.  If you're a newer teacher, this blog post may just be for you.  Don't feel overwhelmed with trying to keep up with that Pinterest classroom.  Do your thing and don't make it too hard.

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