Perfect Picture Book Friday: Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free by Alice Faye Duncan

Book Title: Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteeth Author: Alice Faye Duncan Illustrator: Keturah A. Bobo Publisher & Year: Tommy Nelson, 2022 Intended Age: 4-8 years Topic/Themes: biography, Juneteenth remembrance/celebration, family, freedom Opening Line: “Happy Junetenth Jamboree! Come and join the fun!”  Synopsis: Opal […]

Happily Ever Now

Just finished reading, Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc. This book has deepened my thinking about the fairy tales that I so glibly read to my children and students and have me reconsidering the plots of the children’s stories that I’m now writing in profound ways. The author, Amanda Leduc, examines […]

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Big Dreams, Small Fish by Paula Cohen

  Book Title: Big Dreams, Small Fish Author/Illustrator: Paula Cohen Publisher & Year: Levine Querido, 2022 Intended Age: 4-8 Topic/Themes: Family, Food, Problem-Solving, Immigrant Experience,  Opening Line: “Shirley’s family had big dreams for their new store in the neighborhood.” Synopsis: Big Dreams, Small Fish tells the story of Shirley, a little girl with big ideas […]

Designing Spelling Interventions

                                              A student that struggles with spelling and you have been asked to work with them. What do you do? Establish Rapport with Student, Teacher, and Family Connection is the heart of a […]

Marvelous Morphemes!

A morpheme is the smallest unit of meaning in a word. For example, grandfather is built with two morphemes: “grand” and “father.” What has been completely fascinating is how introducing students to the concept of morphemes can help spelling make sense. There are three types of morphological operations: Compounding: Two or more morphemes combine to […]