Professional Learning Network Reflections Trickling In

Some of our PK teachers have begun to turn in their final reflection pieces for their PLN projects. What I am seeing is that there was a lot of trepidation at first. Then there was more of a feeling of I can do this. Now there is a sense of I am figuring this out!

Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook seem to be the tools used the most. Finding activities to use in the centers related to the curriculum and themes are a common thread. Overall, I think it is a good beginning in the very complex world of truly becoming a connected educator and gleaning all the treasures out there to be taken hold of.


My plan of Action……..


I have come up with a week of establishing a writing sequence in my classroom. I feel this is a beginning effort to get the children motivated and encouraged to become writers.

Day 1

Shared Writing Activity- Things that Mrs. White likes….. I will have a variety of pictures to choose from. I will choose only 3 and have the children help me write each of the words. During the time that we are writing together we will be discussing the sounds we hear and draw connections in the classroom.

Day 2 & 3

Independent Activity- The children will choose 3 items that they like from the center of the table. They will glue these items on a page titled, “Things I like”. Mrs. Head and myself will then go around and write words beside the pictures they choose.

Day 4

Draft book Writing- The children will take their page, “Things…

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Finding compelling books for all of our students is a never-ending quest for teachers, parents, and grandparents.

Nerdy Book Club

Special needs students can be a tough crowd during read-aloud time. If the book doesn’t hold their interest, you can find yourself reading to…yourself. Sometimes you look up from the book you’re reading and see eyes on anything BUT what you are reading.

I think a lot of special education teachers abandon read-alouds because they feel that their students aren’t interested (and no one wants to read a book aloud with no one paying attention). We know that teacher read-alouds are important to model fluency and develop a love of reading for our general education students. I promise you it’s possible to achieve this with special needs students as well. There are only two things you need to do: pick engaging texts and don’t be afraid to get loud and silly when you read.

The following ten children’s books are tried and tested by me, special educator extraordinaire (not to…

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It is every teacher’s dream that parents would be seriously reading to their children starting out from when they are very young. There are so many benefits in terms of oral language development and vocabulary development which give the children a head start when they begin preschool and kindergarten.

So, I am loving this post!


~post by Meghan G.

Last year around this time I wrote a post about reading to my son during his first 16 months, discussing what books had served us well and what I had noticed about his reading preferences along the way. Now he’s two and a half, has a brand-new younger brother, and has discovered a whole new crop of books.

As the children’s book buyer for the store, I know and love many children’s books, so it’s always interesting to see which ones actually succeed and enter our routine at home. We still read almost all the books I talked about last year. But here are some of the other books that have entered our lives since then.

Interactive Books Still Going Strong

Looking a tad worse for wear at this point, but holding up pretty well, copies of Matthew Van Fleet’s Tails and Heads, Rod Campbell’s

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Reading with Nikhil: Recommended Books for Kids Aged 1 1/2 – 2 1/2