Partners in Learning

December 13, 2011

“A Mind-bendingly Clever Farmyard Romp.”

“In this deceptively simple picture book, author-illustrator Deborah Freedman has created an irresistible character that springs to life and wreaks havoc in a farmyard with a pot of blue paint. The innocent chicken just wants to help, but things get worse and worse—and bluer and bluer—the more she tries. Playing with colors and perspective, and using minimal text, this richly layered story reveals new things to see and laugh about with each reading.”  (Taken from Deb’s website.)

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing author and illustrator Deborah Freedman on my show Classroom Connections.  We had a great time and I learned that Deb used to sit at the kitchen table with her young girls and they would create books.  Each had their own project.

To learn more about Deb’s book, Google her name and it will take you to her web page.  You won’t be disappointed.

December 5, 2011

Tourist Maps

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to Maine with the CAP, Connecticut Association of Photographers.  Great weekend.

I would like to pass along a classroom connection for families.  Often in tourist areas, picture maps are give-a-ways in most stores and hotels.  Pick up a few extra, and spend time in the evening tracing your day’s route or map out the next day.  Let kids pick a destination and  use the map to direct the driver.

When you get home, cover a  map with contact paper, and you have an instant placemat for your child.  Great memory.  Great learning tool. Great way to start a collection.

November 29, 2011

Track Your Travels

Help your child learn about his or her  state by  “Tracking Your Travels.”


  1. Go to the discount store and pick up a cork or bulletin board.
  2. Find a free copy, purchase or download a map of your hometown or state.  If you are planning an international trip, a world map is wonderful.
  3. Buy a package of push pins.



  1. Use glue and adhere the map to the purchased cork or bulletin board.
  2. Find your street or town and mark it with a push pin.
  3. On every adventure, use a push pin to mark your destination.





November 28, 2011

Back to Basics

There is an excellent article in today’s New York Times about letting children “play.”  Experts are discovering what many teachers already know.  Playing with blocks are developing children’s math skills, helping with foreign language acquisition, problem solving etc.  If you get a chance read this article:  With Blocks Educators GoBack to Basics

November 25, 2011

Open Farm Days

This weekend is open farm days at many alpaca farms.  Google the web and find one near you.  Or, catch my segment on Good Morning CT on Saturday to create a memorable educational experience for the kids.  If you are not up at 7:38 am, you can watch it on my website.

I personally love the farm in Killingworth,  New England Alpaca.  Check it out!


November 24, 2011

Crayons, Paint, and Paper.

Old fashioned? Maybe.

Fun?  Definitely.

Educational?  These materials get an A+.

Give your child the gift of art.  Let them explore the paints and crayons.  Let them find out the effects of each one on paper.  Suggest they  combine crayon and paint in the same picture to  see what the end result looks like.

Using crayons and paint  is wonderful to  explore, discover and create.  Give your child this gift.

July 1, 2011

Writing Workshop with Sandi Kahn Shelton

Classroom Connections 365.

Today I am taking my writing class  with Sandi Kahn Shelton.   Session one was held last week.  Meet the other members of the class and found the group diverse and delightful.    People discussed their book and I read my first chapter of my book.  I found Sandi’s advice “freeing.”  I’m looking forward to today’s class.

June 29, 2011

Camping Poems

Researching material for my segment on Good Morning Connecticut in June, I discovered a book of poems called Toasting Marshmallows by Kristine O’Connell.  The first poem, in the shape of a tent, entitled “Tent”  sets the tone  of the book.

The language is photographic.  The reader can “see”  the author’s intent. I particularly like the description of the family dog.  At home, he has “tennis ball” dreams.  Camping, Scooter becomes “Timber Wolf.”

This is a book kids, parents, and teachers will love.

June 28, 2011

When Daddy Took Us Camping

When I was preparing for my segment on Good Morning Connecticut, I discovered this book, When Daddy Took Us Camping by Julie Brillhart.

It ‘s a fun read for pre-k to second grade.  Read it to the kids and connect to your own childhood adventures or let the kids discover the surprise ending.

Pick it up today.

June 27, 2011

Stop The Summer Slide

A great book for Grandparents  to read to the grandchildren this summer is Grandma Summer by  Harley Jessup.  A wonderful story with uncharacteristic roll reversals.  Ben is afraid to spend the summer at his ancient summer cottage.  But, he soon learns to shed his fear and enjoy the experience.

Great Read.

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