Happy Birthday, Kevin Henkes!

Tomorrow, November 27, is Kevin Henkes’ birthday! He’s the author of over 50 books, most of which he has illustrated as well. He’s well known for creating relatable characters that deal with familiar problems in whimsical and engaging ways. I did a bit of digging looking for interesting Kevin Henkes facts, and here’s what I…

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Terrific Tongue Twisters!

Looking to add giggles to your literacy time? Try spotlighting phonological awareness and alliteration with tongue twisters! Tongue twisters are fascinating. Check out these totally terrific twister tidbits: Almost every language has tongue twisters. People read tongue twisters slowly whether they are reading aloud or silently. Thus, tongue twisters aren’t so much about twisting the…

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Thinking About Reading

Reading has always been like watching a movie in my mind, and I suspect that’s why I enjoy it so much. As a youngster, it never occurred to me that my classmates’ brains might not all function in the same manner. So I didn’t understand why reading wasn’t universally loved by all. But of course,…

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Quack! It’s a Giveaway!

Happy Friday, all! It’s the final day of our Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway Extravaganza at The Mailbox Blog. We’ve had loads of fun and we hope you have too! Today’s giveaway includes a duck (yes, it’s a rubber one), two adorable duck books, and—wait for it—a $20 THANK YOU gift card for Bath & Body…

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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. Please don’t require every student to write a poem this month. Please, please, please. Okay, I take that back. Maybe writing poetry is part of your curriculum and this is a necessary assignment. If you have the flexibility, and I hope you do, I suggest you celebrate National Poetry Month…

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