I’m going to assume you mean Children’s Picture books.
1. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems - This is my favorite series to do read alouds with. They are a hit every year and really excite the kids about listening to books — often better than some of our weekly books.
2. It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr - toddparr is one of my favorite Children’s authors. His pictures are colorful and I think subtly tell children that you don’t have to be able to draw things exactly right and they always have a good message. This particular book is helpful for students that are afraid to try/fail and kids that get really upset when they make a mistake. Such a great conversation starter.
3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin - The book has a good rhythm and the kids love to chant it. It is excellent for introducing upper and lower case letters. The secret sneaking off to the top of the coconut tree is a little bit of an adventure that gets kids excited.
4. There’s a Monster at the End of This Book by Mark Smollin - another great book to do as a read aloud with voices. The kids laugh so much and will ask to hear it again and again. Someone donated this to my classroom this year!
5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack for obvious reasons
6. Imogene’s Antlers by David Small - This was my favorite book as a kid and I memorized it and took it to class and told everyone I could read.
I would recommend any of these for gifts to young children or to prek-1st grade teachers.
When a white teenager named Steve Lohner was stopped by the police last month and refused to show his ID after carrying a loaded shotgun on the streets of Aurora, Colorado (the same city where a mass murderer killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed movie theater in July 2012), the teen walked away with nothing but a citation.
But when a 22-year-old black kid named John Crawford picked up a mere BB gun in a Walmart store in Dayton, Ohio last week, customers called the police, who then shot and killed him.
Here lies a racial disparity that’s difficult for honest people to ignore. How can black people openly carry a real gun when we can’t even pick up a BB gun in a store without arousing suspicion? The answer in America is that the Second Amendment doesn’t really apply to black people.
My students need a giant rug, clipboards, classroom light filters, and carpet squares. My students are lucky enough to receive communication arts instruction for two hours every day. However, sitting in the same plastic chair for two hours gets old. While we do get up and move for…
We’ve started another project in my classroom! We’re working on getting comfortable in Readers and Writers Workshop! Please consider making a donation (any bit counts) towards my project. If you use the code INSPIRE during payment, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much this project would help my students! Imagine being 11 years old and having to sit in chairs that are almost too small and way too uncomfortable for almost two hours straight. It’s not fun!
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“Parents and teachers would do well to think about various styles of discipline, management, or socialization in terms of what questions children are encouraged to ask in each instance. A strategy that relies on punishment or consequences prompts a child to wonder, “What am I supposed to do, and what will happen to me if I don’t do it?” A strategy based on rewards leads the child to ask, “What am I supposed to do, and what will I get for doing it?” The first thing that strikes us about these two questions is that they are at bottom not very different from each other. The second thing we realize is that neither gets a child anywhere close to the issues with which we are ultimately concerned. What we are after, I think, is children who ask themselves, “What kind of person do I want to be? — or even “What kind of classroom [or school, or family, or community] do *we* want to have?”—Alfie Kohn in Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praises and Other Bribes
Tumblr User slbaybo tried to participate in buddies last school year. As with all people new to buddies, I check their tumblrs to make sure they a) are on tumblr, b) working in a school or in a degree program and c) have been on Tumblr for a significant amount of time. You all trust me with your information, and I am not going to give it to someone I think is questionable.
That being said, Slbaybo didn’t meet the criteria last year. He attempted to sign up this year. Last year, he sent me angry e-mails and messages and then tried to contact members of #education to be his buddy AND THEN tried to contact #education members to meet him. Due to this sketchy behavior, he is not allowed to participate.
I highly suggest ignoring/blocking him if he contacts you.