Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Man with the Violin Book Review


The Man with the Violin

The Man With the ViolinKathy Stinson (author)
Dušan Petričić (illustrator)
Annick Press
Children's Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: March 22, 2016


A boy walking through the subway with his mom hears music and wants to stop to listen. The music soars and swoops, and the man playing the violin sways as his fingers move and his bow dances. The boy wants to listen and enjoy the music, but his mother pulls him along into the hustle and bustle of the station and their day. Later at home, the boy hears the same beautiful sounds coming from the radio and his mother realizes they should stop and enjoy the moment together.

Based on the true story of Grammy winning musician Joshua Bell playing a priceless Stradivarius in the subway in Washington D.C., The Man with the Violin sends and important reminder to not be so busy and caught up in the frantic pace of life that we forget to stop and enjoy the moment.

If you’re interested in reading The Man with the Violin, you can check it out at Annick Press or purchase a copy here on Amazon.

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


Monday, February 11, 2019

The Dog Who Wanted to Fly Book Review


The Dog Who Wanted to Fly

The Dog Who Wanted to Fly - Best Picture Book of 2019Kathy Stinson (author)
Brandon James Scott (illustrator)
Annick Press
Children's Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: March 12, 2019


Zora wants to fly. She needs to fly. She wants to prove Tully the cat wrong and get to that chittering squirrel on the fence. Despite Zora’s best efforts, she just can’t figure it out. Flapping her ears and wagging her tail? Launching off a teeter-totter? Nothing seems to work… until Tully needs help and Zora springs into action – and flight.

The expressive illustrations often say as much as the text. Kids will laugh out loud at the humorous story and lively pictures. I know it’s only February, but The Dog Who Wanted to Fly may be the best children’s book of 2019! This is one of the best picture books! I highly recommend it!

If you’re interested in reading The Dog Who Wanted to Fly, you can check it out at Annick Press or purchase a copy here on Amazon.

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Sunday, January 20, 2019

Blended Book Review


Blended
Blended packs a lot into a middle grade novel, but kids deal with these situations everyday: blended families (in race), blended families (in living situation), questions about who you are, where you belong, and how others and society perceive you. Blended will hit home for many while offering insight for those who haven’t experienced these things.  It’s a thought-provoking read that middle grade students will enjoy. #reading #book #middlegrade #fiction #middlegradebook 
Sharon M. Draper (Author)
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Middle Grade, Fiction

Publication Date: October, 30, 2018

Isabella switches lives every week. One week she lives with her dad, his girlfriend, and her son in a very fancy house, and the next week she lives with her mom and John-Mark in a comfortable house.

She's eleven years old and stuck between two parents who argue all the time about her, and she's stuck in two different worlds. Switching houses every week is more than just switching clothes and names (Izzy with her mom, Isabella with her dad). It's also switching identities.

Isabella is the same person, but her life experiences with her black dad and her white mom are very different.  Isabella and Darren (her dad's girlfriend's son) are stopped by police, and things escalate quickly when a cell phone is mistaken for a gun. 

Blended packs a lot into a middle grade novel, but kids deal with these situations everyday: blended families (in race), blended families (in living situation), questions about who you are, where you belong, and how others and society perceive you. Blended will hit home for many while offering insight for those who haven’t experienced these things.  It’s a thought-provoking read that middle grade students will enjoy.

If you’re interested in reading Blended, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Monday, January 14, 2019

Don't Let Bad Handwriting Habits Stop Your Students

In the digital age, handwriting is getting pushed to the side to make way for other technology-based skills. There is no doubt that technology skills are necessary for students who are growing up in an ever changing digital-saturated world, but being able to put pen to paper and scrawl legible words is still a needed skill.

So what can you do when students come to you with illegible or barely legible writing?  

Don't let bad handwriting stop your students. You can develop their fine motor skills and help them build muscle memory with repeated practice. #handwriting #writing #writingskills #3rdgrade #4thgrade #5thgrade #6thgrade #7thgrade #8thgrade


Handwriting is a skill that needs to be tackled in two ways:

1) Fine Motor Skills

Many students do have a lot of dexterity in their thumbs these days, but the rest of the muscles in their hands don't get the same use. Crayons, glue, scissors, and colored pencils in younger years that helped develop fine motor skills over time have given way to tablets and smart phones. 

Bring back some of the fun of fine motor skills with detailed coloring books, sculpting with clay, board games that require pieces to be moved, knitting, or crocheting.  Tracing squiggly lines and curves in the "C" shape also help build basic fine motor and basic handwriting skills.

Utilizing basic pencil grips like these ones: Ergonomic Pencil Grips can also help students with finger placement.


2) Practice, Practice, Practice!

The most effective way to build handwriting skills is through good-old-fashioned practice!  Muscle memory is needed to produce legible writing, and the older a student is, the more practice may be necessary to break bad habits. 

Handwriting practice sheets help students practice the needed repetition to develop muscle memory of proper letter formation. 

These handwriting packets combine practice with mastery tests so students can progress through proper formation of each letter of the alphabet at their own pace.  If students need more time, they can have it. If students show mastery and are ready to move on to the next letter they can.  

Handwriting RTI Practice Sheets and Tests - Print #handwriting #writing #ela #3rdgrade #4thgrade #5thgrade #6thgrade #7thgrade #8thgrade #9thgrade


Handwriting RTI Practice Sheets and Tests - Cursive #handwriting #writing #ela #3rdgrade #4thgrade #5thgrade #6thgrade #7thgrade #8thgrade #9thgrade


Handwriting RTI Practice Sheets and Tests - Script D'Nealian #handwriting #writing #ela #3rdgrade #4thgrade #5thgrade #6thgrade #7thgrade #8thgrade #9thgrade


There is no quick fix for handwriting, especially with older students.  But utilizing the organized, systematic approach the Handwriting RTI packets employ is the most effective way I've seen to see dramatically improve any student's handwriting.



Don't let bad handwriting stop your students. You can develop their fine motor skills and help them build muscle memory with repeated practice. #handwriting #writing #writingskills #3rdgrade #4thgrade #5thgrade #6thgrade #7thgrade #8thgrade



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