Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians!

Author: Jason Carter Eaton

Illustrator: Mark Fearing

Summary: There's nothing worse than being told to clean up your room by your parents! What's the big deal?! Is leaving a few crumbs here and there really going to cause the end of the world? You and your kids will laugh out loud as you follow along (and if you’re lucky, you may even learn an important lesson or two!)

Battle of the Texas 2×2 Books!

Battle of the Texas 2x2 books

I’ve been wanting to find a way to celebrate books with my Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders, and I finally came up with the idea to do a Battle of the Texas 2×2 books!  I modeled it after the March Madness basketball tournament, but with the award books competing against each other to move onto…

Understanding the Difference Between Fiction and Non-Fiction

Understanding the Difference Between Fiction and Non-Fiction

Do your kids have trouble understanding the difference between Fiction and Non-Fiction?   Does it seem to happen EVERY YEAR, even though you KNOW you taught it, talked about it, reviewed it, played games with it, gave them time to investigate and practice together, and any other number of activities?  Despite all that effort, do you…

Du Iz Tak?

Author: Carson Ellis


Summary: Carson Ellis weaves a magical story of a tiny seedling growing in a backyard filled with an assortment of bugs. Between the multiple stories happening on each page and the mysterious language spoken by the bugs, your child is sure to be captivated! Oh my goodness…I fell in love with this book the second I read it, and I know your kids will too!

Research with Elementary Students-Follow Up!

This is a quick update on my blog post on “Starting Research with Elementary Students“. I have to be honest…I love getting silly with my students, and often find that they pay more attention when I do.  One of my favorite “characters” that I “get silly with” is the French Story Chef, Madame Liptak!  I…

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