What is a Jesse Tree? FREE Printables!

Many people ask this time of year, “What is a Jesse Tree?”   The Jesse Tree gets its name from the verses in Isaiah 11: 1. There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Jesse Tree is a FUN way to explain the story of Jesus’ genealogy and the history of God’s plan of salvation. It starts with creation to the birth of Jesus, concentrating on the {Read More}

Ways to Hold Students Accountable with Independent Reading and FREE Printable

One of the most frustrating tasks as an English Language Arts Reading teacher is holding your students accountable for their independent reading during class and at home. I found that if I take a sincere interest in their reading book selection they are more opt to actually take advantage of their independent reading time. I’m always looking for creative ideas on what to use instead of basic reading logs. 5 Ways to Hold Students Accountable in Reading other than Reading Logs Independent {Read More}

A FUN way to Introduce Customs and Culture to your Children

If You Were Me and Lived in… is a comprehensive series that introduces customs and culture to ages 4-8. Carole P. Roman’s groundbreaking books explores the many aspects of our lives worldwide and opens the door to discussions on the variety of people sharing the globe. Each book compares language, food, places to visit through the eyes of a child of the same age. Pack with interesting facts, the books are elastic enough to include older children in discussions and {Read More}

Free Reading Genre Labels for Book Organization

When I arrived in my new classroom a few weeks before school started, I was completely overwhelmed with the disarray of all the wonderful reading books that the elementary school wasn’t using. I asked if I could utilize all those books in my classroom library. My principal was thrilled and we transported all those books into my classroom on a cart. Yes, it was my reading teacher’s dream to have so many wonderful books available to my students, but I {Read More}

FREE Reading Genre Posters for Classroom and Homeschool Library

Being a reading teacher, teaching the different genres is required according to the state standards. However, it’s one of my favorite subject to teach to my students.  Reading Genre Posters are one way to introduce the different reading genres to your students. I like to pick one reading genre per week and concentrate on reading and sharing the specific genre with the class. I have students pick a book or article that interests them within that genre either in the {Read More}