Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Chris Van Allsburg--a wonderful writer

I fall in love with books and authors all the time.  My newest love is Chris Van Allsburg, and his book A Widow's Broom.

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The lonely widow happens upon a hurt witch, and her broom.  Her kindness to the witch and the magical broom brings her joy and company.  But to the others, they are frightened by the broom.  In the end, the widow and the broom prevail, and their victory is very cleverly written.  

I like this book because it is a picture book that can be used with older children to make inferences, study figurative language, and just compare and contrast characters and their reactions to something new and different.  

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

When I see yellow I think.....

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a school bus is yellow

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pencils are yellow    

***NEW*** Hello Yellow - Classroom Friendly Supplies
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Now the best classroom sharpener in the world is yellow.

I'm so thankful that you can now get this sharpener in a color that symbolizes school.  You can find it and other colors at: http://www.classroomfriendlysupplies.com/

This quiet sharpener will sooth your ears as students sharpen their pencils.  Not only is it quiet, but it actually works!  You can put any pencil in, and voila--a sharp pencil.

I have given this sharpener to every single one of my children's teachers!  They love, love it!

I only found two drawbacks:
1. Can't use this sharpener on colored pencils.
2. Sometimes I find the pencils are too sharp!

The positives outweigh the negatives: quiet, easy to use, efficient, loved by all.

 As I mentioned, I have bought more and will continue to buy more!

So head over to Classroom Friendly Supplies so you to can enjoy the quiet while pencils are being sharpened!