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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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The Book Whisperer

I am working on my first Resolution from the Linky and working my way through The Book Whisperer.  It inspired me as a teacher and makes me feel inadequate all at the same time.  Reading has always been important to me as a person, a mom and as a teacher.  I love that the author, Donalyn Miller, takes the time to find out the students' interests and selects books with connections for the kids.
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As I continue to read, I have noted several times that Donalyn restates how important it is to give the children self selected reading time daily in a book that they pick.  It is about creating a love of reading to last a lifetime.  Imagine if WE could ignite that fire in first grade (or kindergarten or second...).  I think about how I have leveled so many books in my personal library.  Then I think to The Sisters and The Daily 5 philosophy.  It seems to go hand and hand with that of The Book Whisperer. Any thoughts?

I posted my  Reading and Spelling patterns Long e Game at my TpT store.  It is a sorting game with ee and ea words.  To celebrate Martin Luther King Day, I have placed my TpT store on SALE for 20%off so head on over and check it out

As always, the first 3 friends to leave a comment will get this unit for FREE!  I am working on the other 4 vowels and hope to have them posted by the end of the week.  Hope you have tomorrow off:)

Mrs. Wathen
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  1. I read "The Book Whisperer" last summer along with Daily 5 and Cafe! I think they definitely go hand in hand. I learned so much from all three but have not really tackled implementing Cafe steps:) You don't have to count me in for your new product as I won't have much use for it in 4th. Looks great though!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  2. Can't wait to read this book! Your vowel packet looks great...

  3. Book Whisperer is one of the most freeing books I have read. I quit doing morning work and now kids come in and read til bell rings. So inspiring.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  4. I had heard of the book, and now, I cannot wait to pick up a copy! Thanks for sharing :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

    1. Please send me your email and I will send you the long vowel e unit:)

      The Resourceful Apple

  5. It's a wonderful book - my favorite professional read from last year. Donalyn isn't afraid to put it out there.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  6. I think this is my favorite professional book ever! I learned so very much for this book! I have gone back to it several times!

  7. I also have read The Book Whisper, Daily 5 and The CAFE books. I really enjoyed them all but I felt that The Book Whisper gave a lot of great ideas for students in upper grades. I did take some ideas and placed them in my second grade classroom but most of my class ideas come from The Two Sisters and Debbie Miller's book, Reading with Meaning! Love, Love, Love her. She has a new revised book out and I have not received my copy yet. Can't wait to get it and read, read, read it.

    Thanks for coming over to my blog and commenting on my post. I love pinterest and I spend way too much time pinning things. Have a great week!
    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

  8. I will have to start reading this one....I will go download now! Thanks for the recommendation! I love how my students' favorite books are always the ones I am currently reading if I am reading Junie B., they all love Junie B!

  9. I've never heard of the Book Whisperer- but you got me excited to check it out.

    Crayons and Whimsy


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