June 3, 2013Like every other reading/ELA teacher, I am constantly admonishing my students to "Read all titles and directions before beginning any assignment." Imagine my humiliation this past Saturday, when I was starting a brand new piece of piano music, and I jumped right into playing the music, without reading the little…See More
May 2, 2013 Tonight at Book Revue in Huntington, you can see chef, Lidia Bastianich as she launches her new children's book, Nonna's Birthday Surprise. Enjoy. Happy eating and reading,Christine…See More
April 29, 2013Yesterday's New York Times had a great piece on the achievement gap between rich and poor children in our country. This is becoming a recurring theme on my blog. I've previously posted…See More
April 19, 2013As we wind down our first of two weeks of state testing here in New York, I thought I'd share this adorable video. I love the pizazz and showmanship of these little third graders, especially the tall boy in the back doing barrel roll turns. However, if you look closely at all of the student…See More
April 8, 2013 I made this poster of Close Read Reminders for my students, and hung it in my classroom. I'm going to make a large picture of a pencil, and hang that right next to the poster to remind my students that close readers read with pencil in hand. Notice how many times the words "re-read," and…See More
April, 1, 2013As you launch your poetry lessons this month, why not read the middle grade novel, Love that Dog? This delightful book about love and loss teaches some great poetry lessons.Happy reading,Christinemy literacy blogSee More
March 7, 2013 The New York Public Library Kids website, NYPL Kids, has a great new look. With resources for kids, parents and teachers, this would be a great addition to your Favorites bar. Check it out. Happy reading,Christine…See More
March 4, 2013Today is March 4th, a special day in our family, and the only day of the year which is also an action. And what an action it is! I love the implied optimism of the date, "March Forth!" March forth into the great unknown. March forth in the direction of your dreams, and if you've had a recent set-back or…See More
February 28, 2013Writer and illustrator, Kathy Temean posted this about my article in the March 2013 issue of Parenting magazine School Years edition. Thanks, Kathy!Now, you too, can be quoted in a national magazine. I'm currently…See More
February 27, 2013Thank you to everyone who answered my email query about allowing your own child to quit an activity. I received many replies, interviewed great parents, and the published article appears in the March 2013 issue of Parenting- School Years Edition, on newsstands now! If you're rushing out the door to…See More
February 25, 2013Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station is home to an exhibit honoring the 100th anniversary of the Grand Central Terminal. Hurry to see the exhibit before it closes on March 15th, but take time to admire the beautiful…See More
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