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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I Can See The Light

This week I can finally see the light. Although it’s still rather dim and slightly blurry, I know I’m close. Today when I thought I was going to have a mini meltdown, I simply closed my eyes and said “6 more days, and I’m free!” Yes, that’s right people, it is my favorite time of the year and the one of the best parts of my job…summer vacation!

It is also around this time of year that many parents often ask what I would like as a thank you gift. As much as I appreciate the #1 teacher stuffed animals and mugs, what I’d really like this year is for parents at my school to buy this book.


What to Read When is such a great resource to have. So many of my parents ask me what books they should be reading with their children and now I can point them in this direction. This book takes into consideration a child’s age, gender, attention ability, and interests, as well as offering tips on read alouds. Another bonus feature of this book is its annotated list of over three hundred titles with category themes ranging from friendships, to thankfulness, to silliness, to separation. A “Reader’s Ladder” is also included, which recommends books at every age from birth to 10 years old.


I always assume that parents understand how important is it to read to their child, but this school year was the first year I had to make it homework. Parents were busy and it was very apparent that more and more of them were not finding the time to read with their child. My students absolutely loved story time; it was the one time I knew everyone was engaged and listening. Read alouds build listening and comprehension skills, increase vocabulary when children hear words in context, allow children to learn about the world around them, and provide a forum for discussion. These are only a few of the benefits. I’ll step off of my soapbox now, but the moral of the story (no pun intended) is please, please read with your child!

If you still would like to give your teacher an appreciation gift, then these cookies are pretty cute and would make any teacher smile.


Say it with me "6 more days, 6 more days, 6 more days..."

-Kacey
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28 comments:

Jillene said...

My kids are don this Friday. While I will miss the structure that school gives them----I will NOT miss having to have them there at 8:00am!!

Couture Carrie said...

Good luck, darling ~ you're in the home stretch!

That book looks great!

xoxox,
CC

Randi Troxell said...

yah! your almost there.... and thats one thing i have NEVER gotten- how someone does not like to read - seriously... and like you, i think kids do read less and less these days... really sad!

angie said...

What a wonderful recommendation. How have I not come across this book before? I'm off to find it now.

the ungourmet said...

What does look like a great book! My son's name is Henry and we just bought one of the Henry books by Beverly Cleary to read together.

Deb said...

I'm done on Friday. I have never, ever, been more ready for the year to end.

Of course, this was the first year we had a hurricane, snow, and potential pandemic in one year...

Kristin said...

I am definitely going to get that back. I've been reading to the dude since he was in my tummy!

Felicia - I complete Me said...

This sounds like a really good book. The beginning of your post sounded like my friends and I when we are feeling somewhat down. We say we are out of rays of sunshine. To let each other know how down we are or how good we are doing we count our rays. We are so silly.

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh! Those cookies are adorable! I don't have any teachers to give them to, so I'll just eat them myself... that wouldn't be so bad, right?

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

How funny is that--the teachers count down to summer, and the parents count down to fall! Have a great vacation, Kacey, and thanks for the great book tip!

The Blonde Duck said...

I think it's wonderful you encourage and enforce reading with children!

KC Mom said...

Congrats on your upcoming summer!

Tsquared417 said...

I am a teacher too and can't wait! So's my husband...once we make it past the 2 week mark of getting used to each other 24/7...it's great!!

I also love that book. I always give it for a shower gift and use it myself all the time.

Gift certificates are always a great idea for us teachers too!!I also made my kids' teachers personalized notecards with a picture the kids drew and their name. They loved them!!

Ronnica said...

I can't believe that parents wouldn't read to their children. There's already SO many books that I can't wait to share with future children!

Juls said...

School ended for us last week.... but I was so saying the same thing.

I love that book!

Grand Pooba said...

6 more days 6 more days!

Yaya said...

My husband is a teacher and I curse him ALL SUMMER!

Joanna Jenkins said...

GREAT tip on the book! Thank you.
Our kids have school until June 19th--- and counting the days too!

Have a fabulous vacation!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Yay! So glad you posted this - get the word out: Reading to kids is one of the BEST things we can do for them. Plus, you can sit while doing it. ;)

Kelly Deneen said...

6 more days!

Woo hoo!

I understand what you mean because my parents are both teachers, and this is my mom's last week (my dad actually is enjoying his 1st year of retirement). That book sounds like a great resource and the cookies are adorable!

Helene said...

My big twins will be done with preschool on Thursday and I've been mulling over what to do for their teacher. She was so wonderful to them this year and they learned so much. The kids want to make her something and we all know how...um, well....messy that can be. So we're gonna decorate a couple pair of flip-flops for her and I'll just pray she'll find them adorable (and created out of love!)

BlogBaby said...

I assure you Kacey that my BabyMama reads to us a ridiculous amount. In fact I think you can already see the benefits of her persistent reading, I am, after all, only a baby and yet somehow so skilled with words that I am able to write a KICK BUTT blog.

Oh and, as further evidence, consider my brother BigBoy and his ridiculously large 5 year old vocabulary.

Unintentional.
Repercussions.
Volatile.
Amends.
Forgiveness.

See what I mean...

BlogBaby

Eric said...

MMMMmmm cookies

Debbie said...

You are so good to encourage the reading! You know how I am about reading to and with kids!

thesixkents said...

That looks like a great book for us homeschooling! We started summer as soon as the sun started shining, but hopefully will read a lot over the next few months.

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

oh I have never seen that book - we are off to the library today and I will see if they have it.

No matter how tired I am or hubbie is - we always read to the children at night. There are times when I just don't feel like it - but I suck it up anyway!

Julie said...

Sounds like to great book to have on hand. And I'd like some of those cookies too!

Jen said...

So nice to meet you! Great post and your book suggestion looks like a great resource. Thanks for stopping by Creative and Curious Kids!

Jen