Thursday, May 14, 2015

What About Breeze Revisited

This Kindle book was published in 2012.  Author: Robin B. Ziger  Illustrator: Dena Ackerman
My granddaughter recently read this book and enjoyed it so much, I decided to share information about this excellent book once again. If interested in obtaining more information about this book, the Amazon "click" is available to the left.

Author Summary:

Daniela Schwartz, a city girl, has moved to the country. She is expecting a very boring summer until she meets Tamika Rogers, a confident young girl, and Hodari, her mischievous horse. The two girls discover Breeze, a very sick Quarter horse, and her poor and troubled elderly owner, Mrs. Casey. Can the girls, who are very different from one another, become friends? Will they be able to convince Daniela’s parents that Daniela is responsible enough to own a horse? Most importantly, can they save poor Breeze from “horse heaven?”

Jacquie's Review:

What About Breeze? grabs the reader's attention in the first paragraph by introducing Daniela, the main character, as angry, frustrated, and lonely. Daniela finds herself far away from anything familiar after her family moved from the city to the country. Daniela soon finds a new friend, Tamika, and together they begin their adventures.

This middle school novel weaves Daniela's positive problem solving into a very interesting multi-cultural story line. Robin Zeiger's background as a clinical psychologist, horse owner, as well as her knowledge of many cultures draws the reader in a believable experience.

Congratulations to Robin Zeiger for adding this book to our middle school libraries.

Resources Relating to Horses:

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sharing Resources: NARIC Rehabilitation Information at your Fingertips

I found this site to be a valuable resource. Information is consolidated on one search engine. In addition, a newsletter is available for those interested in current updates. 

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR.). We collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR. NIDILRR funds more than 250 projects each year that conduct research on a wide range of issues including technology, health and function, independent living, and capacity building.

Organization Resources:

    Council for Exceptional Children

 Learning Disability Association

United Cerebral Palsy Association

National Autism Association  Special Olympics 

National Federation for the Blind

National Organization of and for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Macular Degeneration Foundation

Print & Media Resources:

Target: Playing, Laughing and Learning...Autism 

Target: Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum   ebay: Signing Time DVD Set for Kids (ASL)

ABE Books: Using Ed Technology for Children with Special Needs 

ABE Books: Mental Illness and its Effecton School and Work Environments

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sharing Resources: Dog Bone Soup

Dog Bone Soup by Bette A. Stevens

Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother and grandmother. Her soon-to-be published novel promises to be an excellent read. 

Dog Bone Soup is the  tale of a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in America in the 50s and 60s, when others were living The American Dream. The first chapter will leave you wanting to read more. Ist Chapter of Dog Bone Soup

Resources:  The American Dream in the 50s and 60s

Classic Cars of the Fifties Coloring Book
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X: Civil Rights Struggle California Camper
All Young Cassius Clay vas Archie Moore

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sharing Resources: Song for Papa Crow

Song for Papa Crow by Marit Menzin

The Story is Powerful! 

A message of self-acceptance  is embedded in the experience of one little crow and the community of birds in which he lives. Little Crow loves to sing, and Papa Crow loves his song. But when Little Crow shares his crow songs with the other birds at the big old tree, they laugh and scatter. This is where the adventure begins.

The Art is Exceptional!

The illustrations are beautiful paper collages that deserve a place in any art-lover's collection. Marit Menzin is a gifted artist who has the unique ability to blend this gift with her outstanding story-telling. Learn more about Marit and Papa Crow on her Amazon page: Song for Papa Crow


National Audubon Society   National Geographic Backyard Bird ID

Amazon: About Birds: A guide for Children  Amazon: Bird Brains The Intelligence of Crows and...

Amazon: Crows: Strange and Wonderful   All Posters: Crows Flying From Trees

All Posters: Japanese Print Crow

Sharing Resources: Queen Vernita's Educational Series

Dawn Menge has won nineteen national awards as a self-published author of the Queen Vernita's Educational Series. Dawn weaves her real-life experience as a teacher, parent, grandparent and world traveler into  each adventure.

It is often difficult to find reading material, with a geographical bent, that both informs and entertains young people. Dawn has hit the mark with this carefully crafted series.

Queen Vernita Meets SIR HEATHYBEAN

Sir HeathyBean spends twelve informative months in Queen Vernitas castle in the land of Oceaneers. His visit along with Cora the Teacher is centered on learning everything they can about the solar system.

Amazon: Queen Vernita meets Sir Heathy Bean

Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains

Queen Vernita  visits with her friends at the Blue Ice Mountains. 
While visiting the mountains she learns about the local flora and fauna.
Amazon: Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains

Queen Vernita's Visitors  
Queen Vernita invites twelve wonderful friends to visit with her during each month of the year. Queen Vernita and her friends enjoy fun activities throughout the Oceaneers Kingdom. Parents and teachers will love teaching the monthly calendar, days of the weeks and seasons through the storytelling adventures of Queen Vernita and her friends.
Amazon: Queen Vernita's Visitors

 Queen Vernita Visits Gator Country

 Have you ever seen a white alligator or held a baby alligator in your hand? Queen Vernita continues her adventures in the deep south. She learns all about the plantations, how the slaves lived, jazz, the Bayou and even holds a baby alligator

Queen Vernita Visits Baja Quail

Baja Quail may be the most exciting installment of Dawn Menge's award-winning series. The journey begins with her friend Julianna. She and Vernita spend the month of January learning about dolphins ...where they live, how they eat and play, even the origins of the word. Vernita gets to swim with these gentle creatures and experience firsthand their gracefulness and intelligence. The following months offer the reader additional exciting adventures

You can learn more about Queen Vernita and her adventures on Amazon. Dawn Menge 

Sharing Resources: Miss Lando's Math Tutoring

If you live in the bay area (Northern CA) you have an excellent math resource at your fingertips. Miss Lando's Math Tutoring

Miss Lando's TPT Lessons

Working to make teaching and evaluating mathematics a little easier for 2nd grade through high-school, and beyond.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Revisiting Success: Madeline Hunter


As recently as 20 years ago, the United States was ranked No.1 in high school and college education. In 2009, the United States was ranked 18th out of 36 industrialized nations. While discussions continue attributing this reason or that for the 20-year decline of student performance, one truth remains, educators are jumping from one fad to the next leaving our students and teachers in the dust of decline.

Melissa Mitchell defines  the problem so well when she said  “ I find it ironic that many of the experts who are proposing these new ideas and consider themselves highly educated and knowledgeable were educated by the very methods they seek to destroy.” The concepts stated in Ms. Mitchell’s article have inspired this blog author to write about a series on Successful programs that have withstood the test of time.

Madeline Hunter, Part 1, is the first in the Revisiting Success series. As a teacher, tutor, homeschooler, college instructor, and teacher supervisor, I know, this approach leads to successful classroom teaching, tutoring and homeschooling.

Revisiting Success Part 1: Madeline Hunter
Madeline Hunter is listed as one of the 20 most influential women in the 20th century. She developed a direct instruction lesson plan model that differentiated Knowledge  of Effective Teaching and Knowledge of Teacher Effectiveness. It was her belief that if a teacher applied the tools of effective teaching, he or she would become an effective teacher. For more information abut Madeline Hunter please go to

Madeline Hunter’s 7 step lesson plan consisted of:
Madeline Hunter at UCLA

  1. Developing the objective
  2. Provide an anticipatory set
  3. State the objective to the student
  4. Provide input on the content
  5. Check for understanding
  6. Provided guided practice
  7. Assign independent practice

I have included a few links that reference current practice. You Tube and the internet are sources for hundreds of ideas a teacher or parent can use today.  

These two links describe the 7 steps in detail:

 YouTube samples further explain the 7 Step Lesson Plan:

Writing Guided Practice

Writing a Complete Paragraph Using the Hamburger Model

Kindergarten Dance Guided Practice

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Who Says Autism is a Disability?

This article is was first posted on the Friendship Circle of Michigan's site. It is written by Reese Rickards who can be found at radio station serving Grand Rapids & Kalamazoo.

The question I have is: Should this student receive the grade of "A" or "F" ? 


The full article can be found by following the link found at the end of this page.

Reese Rickards:

This was sent to me by a member of the listener family.
It took me quite a few minutes to understand what came instantly to this autistic child...

Read more:

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sight Words

Whether teaching elementary, secondary, or adult students, beginning with a solid sight word base builds confidence and enthusiasm for learning.
Sight words are words that cannot be sounded out or the skill of sounding out the word has not been taught.  In order to achieve sight word success, students learn sight words as units and are not asked to attempt to sound out these words using phonetic decoding.

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