Education, Travel

Day Trip to Assateague Island

I've been itching to to take a day trip to the beach since the weather started warming up back in April.  Being new to the area, my first inclination was to look into visiting Virginia Beach, but I decided a four hour drive twice in one day would be pushing it with Lil' Man.  After… Continue reading Day Trip to Assateague Island

Education, Parenting

What We Are Reading: A Book Review of Animal Babies (The World of Eric Carle)

Author:  Susan Rich Brooke Narrator:  Michaela Emma Brooke Illustrator:  Eric Carle (The World of Eric Carle) Board Book:  19 pages Publisher:  Phoenix International Publications, Inc. ISBN-13:  978-1450867740 What Teacher-Librarian Me Thinks:  Animal Babies is a part of The World of Eric Carle Series. The text of the book is simple and contains a pleasing rhyme scheme for… Continue reading What We Are Reading: A Book Review of Animal Babies (The World of Eric Carle)

Education, Parenting

Teaching a Preschooler to Read: Word Identification Strategies

For me, this is the part of a child's reading development that is the most exciting.  This is when the child begins to recognize words.   The child starts off reading one word at a time, but before you know it, he or she is reading phrases, followed by sentences and then books!  The best… Continue reading Teaching a Preschooler to Read: Word Identification Strategies

Education, Parenting

What We Are Reading: A Book Review of Now You See Them, Now You Don’t (Poems About Creatures That Hide)

Author:  David L. Harrison Illustrator:  Giles Laroche Hardcover:  32 pages Publisher:  Charlesbridge ISBN-13:  978-1580896108 Summary:  Now You See Them, Now You Don't:  Poems About Creatures that Hide features 19 animals that use camouflage in order to hunt or to hide from those that would find them to be a tasty meal.  The poems about the… Continue reading What We Are Reading: A Book Review of Now You See Them, Now You Don’t (Poems About Creatures That Hide)

Education, Parenting

Teaching a Preschooler to Read: Concepts of Print

My last article, Teaching a Preschooler to Read:  A Crash in Phonemic Awareness, was a bit verbose.  Fortunately, teaching your child concepts of print (aka print concepts) is fairly simple.  A lot of what I have done to teach my child about print has been rather implicit.  I do advocate that the best way to teach… Continue reading Teaching a Preschooler to Read: Concepts of Print

Education, Parenting

What We are Reading: A Book Review of Click, Clack, Surprise!

Book:  Click, Clack, Surprise! Author:  Doreen Cronin Illustrator:  Betsy Lewin Hardcover:  40 pages Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers ISBN-13:  978-1481470315 Summary:  Click, Clack, Surprise! is the follow-up to Click, Clack, Peep!  It's Little Duck's first birthday and she has no idea how to get ready for it.  Follow her as she tries to figure out… Continue reading What We are Reading: A Book Review of Click, Clack, Surprise!