2015...Can you believe it?

What does 2015 have in store?

2015 shows a lot of promise...and it's only 2 days in.  Let's see...what can happen?

My Baby Graduates

Yes, my baby is about to graduate from high school.  I tease that Austin is the king of 1 syllable (yeh, huh?, hmmm?, K), the occasional 2 syllables (ok, u-huh, maybe) and the shoulder shrug.  I guess he isn't much different from most 17-year-old boys.  I am more than proud to say he has fantastic grades and got an 800 on his Math SATs.  (For those who aren't familiar with SATs, an 800 is a perfect score.)  Yep, it's all from his dad.  As I have mentioned before we are a soccer family, so like his brother, he would like to play soccer in college.  We're waiting to see where that will be.

Adventures in Literacy Land

I am so excited to say I've been asked to be a contributor to the blog Adventures in Literacy Land.  I did a guest blog in November on my 4 Non-Negotiables for Reading.  They might not know what they are in for...this blogging thing is still new and I'm muddling my way through it.  You should hop on over and check out all the great ladies there.  I'm being "introduced as a contributor" on the 5th.

...and My First Blog Hop

I'm going to be doing my first blog hop with Adventures in Literacy Land...if the other ladies can teach this old dog new tricks.  Look for the hop early next week...here's the official announcement graphic...

Getting Published

To steal a quote from my friend, Lara...here's a goal, not a resolution - I'd like to publish an article on my own.  I had the privilege to publish an article on Concept of Word with Beth Estill, a colleague from Virginia Beach, but I'd like to do it on my own.

Finally...a FREEBIE.

Here's my first FREEBIE of the school year.  I'm including a Winter ABCs.  I know, I know, I love ABC Charts.  You can use them for so many things.

  1. Sort by SYLLABLE.

  2. Sort by PART OF SPEECH.

  3. Write words by distinguishing between CONSONANTS AND VOWELS.


  5. Choose 10 NOUNS and add an ADJECTIVE.

  6. Write SENTENCES using Christmas words.

  7. Use Christmas words to show POSITION WORDS.

  8.  Make a few copies and post them on your writing board or put them in a WRITING CENTER as TOPICS.

  9. Ask students to use as many words in a STORY as they can.

  10. Allow students to use the Word List to fill a blank 4-SQUARE to plan for a story.

  11. 11.Use it to sort for COMPOUND WORDS.

  12. Use it to sort for LONG AND SHORT VOWELS.

  13. Choose 2 words and write a MATH WORD PROBLEM.

  14. Choose 2 words and make a CAUSE AND EFFECT statement.

  15. Use the list to DICTIONARY SKILLS and find the guide words for words on the list.

If you'd like the Winter ABCs FREEBIE, CLICK HERE!

Here's to a great 2015!

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