A Visit From SkippyJon Jones

This last week, our family had a visitor for several days.  My youngest daughter is in preschool and her class has been doing a book with animal friend.  Well, on Monday she was so excited to see that it was her turn to bring SkippyJon Jones home for the week.  The instructions for the week were to share experiences with him, read the story in his backpack and retell the story to share with the class next week.

So, SkippyJon Jones rode around town with us for the day.


He enjoyed dinner with our daughter.  She taught him to play games (which she won both times they played).


And when bedtime came each night, she made him his own bed on the floor and kissed him goodnight as she tucked him into bed.


Perhaps though, my favorite part of SkippyJon Jones visit was our daughters retelling of the story.  After reading the story SkippyJon Jones Class Action, here is her version of the story:

“SkippyJon Jones, he couldn’t go to school because he had to stay home.  But he was able to go on the school bus. The penguin helped him go to school.

The mother cat was a little cat.  Skippito caught him, but he didn’t want the cat.  He didn’t have enough time to get it! So he didn’t want to do to school, but the penguin go him on the bus.  It was only for dogs!

The teacher threw a ball and the dogs traced it.  They were afraid of a little dog in a polka dotted cup.  The dogs weren’t afraid because they didn’t have a refrigerator. His mom met him and he said, ‘Good night, mother.’ ”

She was so very excited the next Monday to take her new friend SkippyJon Jones back to school and share with her friends and teachers her story retell and to show off the pictures of her and Skippy.

After seeing her excitement and joy during the week of having SkippyJon Jones at our house, I am working through trying to decide what story and animal I should send home for my students to enjoy reading with.  It really is a great opportunity for literacy development and building the home-to-school connection for families.

What book/character would you suggest sending home for students?


Learning our ABC’s

One of our main things in my class is to learn our ABC’s. While working on a letter each week, we always make a list of words that start with our letter of the week. However, for so many students, when we go to make our list they just call out words. So many times they are looking around the room and saying things they see.

I can see the disappointed look on their face when we talk about their words being on the not list.  So this year, I have decided to create little readers to help them associate some words with each letter. I am designing letter books that are 7 pages long, have 6 pictures students can color and the word of the object below it.

In this post, I have included the links for letters Aa and Bb.  The letter Aa is a freebie for you!



Be sure to watch for more TK Easy Alphabet Readers as I plan to make books for the entire alphabet.  What do you do to help your readers associate words with letters?

Love this site . . . for books!

I love books.  My  husband and children love books.  I have books for every age, literally!  I can’t walk into a bookstore with buying at least one book . . . for everyone sometimes.

As a teacher, I have collected a lot of books.  They come from bookstores, Scholastic, students, and garage sales.  But, this spring a friend showed me an amazing website where I could get books!

If you haven’t checked out:  www.paperbackswap.com yet, I highly encourage you to.

Here’s how it works:

1. create an account

2. upload 10 books you are willing to send to someone (they must be in good condition!)

3. get credits to spend (each book online costs 1 credit)

4. browse and order books you would like

Now, beyond this simple start up, you have to be willing to mail your books to others.  I was very skeptical of this at first but now, after shipping over 20 books, I have recouped that cost by all the books that have come to me!  For each book I send, I get a credit to spend on a new book.

I have used the credits to get my oldest daughter her BOB books, my nonprofit book, and my middle daughter some math picture books.  I have loved using this website.  I have a list of books I hope to get this year!

Where do you love getting your books from?