Monday, January 25, 2010

That’s Reading, My Friend!

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I noticed this weekend that Sam had developed a small core of known words that he could read (Sam, up, go, a and I).  So, after talking about things that go up, together we chose some pictures and I created a book for him.  I wanted to use those known words in the book and keep and story structure reflective of his language structure.  When I asked him “What goes up?” Sam replied “A balloon goes up.” and thus a book was born.  I put the book together  and gave it to him today.  I have to tell you, there isn’t anything like seeing “the look” on a reader’s face when they notice something in the print that they know.  I love that look!  And I was thrilled that Sam flashed me that excited look when he opened his new book and looked at the page.  I broke out the camera during Sam’s second reading of the book, in which he was reading it to his Daddy, so I missed the first part.  However, I’m so glad I caught the amazing processing that he demonstrated on this second reading.  Just watch as he rereads to search and how he monitors his reading and self-corrects the mismatch. 

Oh, and do I really need to remind you that emergent literacy is my passion/profession/specialty?  I thought not.

Oh, and please ignore the mess…and the half-naked reader.  Y’all know Sam by now!

Sunday, January 24, 2010


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Is it just me, or is this the most depressing comic strip ever?


I just don’t get it.  And now I’m a little sad.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Our Official Announcement

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It’s official!  We’ve booked out Disney trip and we’re headed south in just 2 weeks! (OMG! Two weeks???  I have soo much to do!)  Sam has wanted to “see the castle” ever since he saw a picture of Scott and I in front of it on our honeymoon and we promised him we’d take him, too.  He knows the castle, of course, from all his Disney videos. Now that we’ve booked our trip, I’ve been showing him pictures of WDW and videos to show him some other things to expect.  He’s getting really excited.  The funny thing is, Disney sent us a DVD and it showed a video of people volunteering in their communities to promote Disney’s "Give a Day. Get a Disney Day." volunteer program before showing us scenes from the parks.  Sam was getting all excited about what he was seeing.  He’d yell out “We’re gonna make a garden!”  and “We’re gonna paint a wall?!  I wanna paint the wall with the kids!”

Give A Day Get A Disney Day - What Will You Celebrate- - Disney Parks_1264257422110 copy

And I really have to smile because the kid has NO IDEA what’s in store for him!  Scott and I are SO excited to be doing this with him!

Anyway, of all the little videos we’ve watched, this one is be far the best.  I hope and pray that we have as much fun as this family…although, since we’re not a dancing family, we may not have quite as much fun as they did!  Enjoy!  It really is fun to watch!

  Jennifer (Hope Studios) is going in March and I can totally see her family doing something crazy like this! 

Sunday, January 3, 2010


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This is TOTALLY me:


Which is why my resolution this year is to overcome my ADD and find a way to get organized and on top of my life. I have so many goals for this year. I’ll be looking for ways to finally take control. So, here’s to 2010! The best year ever!

What are your resolutions? And what suggestions do you have for me?

Friday, January 1, 2010

For You and Your Family

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New Year's card 2010