Best Children’s Book Tips and I appreciate your visit :). Thank you for being here. The first thing I would like you to know about my site is that my personality will shine through. Also, I am very enthusiastic, and what I say comes from the heart. So I may speak to you, through writing, the way I would as if you were one of my teacher friends. But when I write a lesson, it will be all business. You will know it is a lesson because it will be state ‘Lesson: __’ and then the title of the lesson in the header. I am hoping to add a new tab for lessons only. We shall see what I figure out! My wish is for you enjoy the personal aspect I have given my site, that you feel welcome, and know that all ideas are valued. As I said, I do appreciate your visit.
In the world of Literacy, we can all appreciate the processes involved in learning how to read, beginning with scribbling with the youngest of Pre-Emergent Readers. Readers will find letters, correlating sounds and letters. They will decode and identify words, using strategies, within sentences; comprehend vowel patterns; and understand morphemes. Sight vocabulary is important. Application of what is learned is key. Teachers know Reading and Writing are best friends. Fluency is the goal. Fluent readers also use comprehension and spelling strategies. Reading and Writing: opportunities for a great deal of practice allows for comprehension and fluency. Students will see when words that are strung together? They create sentences. Sentences decisively strung together – create paragraphs. All together, they create fantastic stories. This is what I am excited about! Student authors and Independent and fluent Readers. I want to help open young minds to new possibilities and ideas. Ideas that will help all types of Educators as well. Authentic teaching; mindful and engaging Literacy learning.
Now, how about that picture? I purposely chose this picture of me climbing to the top of a tower at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida as the header for a symbollic reason. I chose this picture climbing this tower of power because it represents the struggle of a new reader. There is a foundation from which to build upon, and that foundation is solid. It contains all student prior knowledge and the desire to learn how to read. Scaffolding up in steps per each individual student’s pace, Literacy learners come to understand that Literacy takes some time; encouragement for the comprehension of the simple fact that we are all lifelong learners is a wonderful lesson to learn. Those new to reading are all welcome onto the road of Literacy learning because it is never too late to learn how to read!
I need to see critical thinkers while reading. Teaching critical strategies for thinking about what is being read should always be included in a lesson; age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate lessons. And when student readers reach that top step? They are fluent readers and engaging authors. Students deserve to be celebrated! And you better believe I rang that bell when I finally climbed to the top of that tower. 🙂 Students learning to read deserve to ring that bell as well!
I would like you to know a bit more about me so you may understand that this site is me and my ideas. My hope is that you find my teaching style compatible with yours. Flexibility within my career has allowed me the freedom to learn and evolve as an employee, then administrator, and then owner, within a variety of educational areas. I believe my experiences are my greatest asset. My career goals are simply to continue in my journey with children and literacy, to continue to grow within the field of Education, and to continue to help children & families in need. And to that? I say… Literacy is the key!
This Literacy website is, or will be when complete, for students, educators, authors, illustrators, librarians, counselors, and families. My audience is everyone who loves language, juvenile literature, Education, and child development as much as I do. This site contains my Education-Based blog – Insatiable Educational Soup – and it will have a purpose: to discuss everything about Education in an honest forum colleague to colleague, friend to friend. My hope is that visitors will interact with me via questions in the reply section, or just share an opinion. Hopefully visitors will help me learn by introducing new concepts to me. That would be ideal.
Best Children’s Book Tips will also be a means to share my lessons and activities; beginning with inquiry-based and child-centered Reggio Emilia-inspired activities in Early Childhood Education through early Elementary Education – to using Gardner’s Intelligence Theory and Bloom’s Taxonomy for critical thinkers and Independent/Fluent Readers in late elementary, middle, and high schools. Always initiating critical thinking while learning. Instructional Readers in elementary school will also apply the many strategies gained in their learning environment – understanding the best way they learn and that it is unique to them. Encourage discovery in reading strategies, decoding methods, and…eek! Should I say it? Phonetics.
I am learning how to put my website together as I go. Learning through reading books, researching articles, video tutorials, online webinars, in-person workshops, and the process of trying & failing until I succeed. My computer experience is self-taught, using as many resources as I can to help me learn how to build this site the best way for you.
I have a total of 31 Graduate credit hours in Counselor Education and Reading & Language Arts from Oakland University and the University of South Florida. I am now looking into taking Grad courses at OU a bit differently, as a member of the OU Alumni Association. Combining my love of the written word, with learning how best to educate children, with taking the courses of my choice? And I am euphoric! Additionally, I am originally from Detroit, grew up in Rochester, Michigan. I lived out-of-state in Florida for almost sixteen years, and I have been happy to be home in Rochester Hills for the last three years! Minus the snow.
Both of the Graduate schools I attended emphasized diversity in teaching methodologies, diversity in books, and natural diversity among students. I have come up with my kind of ‘Mission Statement’ that encapsulates my style of teaching and learning, which also emphasizes such diversity. Also, nurturing relationships and a personal willingness to thrive to succeed. My personal Mission Statement is:
Student and teacher success depends upon honest and authentic relationships. We celebrate the differences between us and embrace the similarities among us. The student and teacher will engage in a safe environment where all students are encouraged to speak the loudest and most profound! The learning environment will be a haven for students and teachers alike, where all are treated like family, with respect, responsibility, and love. We thrive on sharing and learning at a higher level. Naturally, movement and an increased noise level are expected. Students will explore, discover, and analyze their way through education in a safe learning environment all year long.
I want to share what Best Children’s Book Tips will really be about. And I want you to he aware of my experiences within my career and have confidence in me. This Mission Statement? Is what I believe about learning and education, as well as children, families, and Educators as a whole.
I have also included a video in a blog post, put together by Florida Power & Light, created while I was the Director of an Early Learning Center. I added it so that you may take a peek at my experience in Grant writing efforts and the rewards reaped when awarded! It is located in my blog post containing the green energy makeover, which is a vignette from YouTube. The Grant was awarded and the school will benefit from the makeover for years to come. When you correlate a need with the proper Grant and facility, society’s infrastructure only gains strength and a sense of community. This also coincides with my need for a sense of community within any learning environment.
I certainly do hope that you will return so you may use my resources as I continue to implement content. As I have said before, I am building and developing Best Children’s Book Tips for you. Please, continue to watch my Literacy website grow. I hope to help you in your learning environment. Contact me through my email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. I am most certainly looking forward to hearing from you! I will reply ASAP. Thank you for your interest!