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Happy Happy Happy!

August 25, 2013 No Comments

Are you a fan of the TV show Duck Dynasty? We have joined the millions of viewers who enjoy watching their fun-loving adventures. When I came across these adorable clip art created by Nikki of Melonheadz Illustrating and Doodles  I knew exactly what my Back-To-School bulletin board was going to look like. I layered the bulletin board paper to create the outdoor scene complete with a duck pond. Then, I used Phil’s favorite saying, “Happy! Happy!…

Teachers Who Love Teaching

August 6, 2013 No Comments

  I am convinced that the best teachers love what they do and their enthusiasm spills over into their students. As an educator, having a classroom of students who love to learn is a priceless treasure. It is what makes our time and hard work worthwhile. So when I saw this quote in a catalog, I knew I had to make it into a printable poster. I’ve created a printable version for you HERE to download…

Reading Interviews for Students

August 2, 2013 No Comments

One of the ways I get to know my students better is through conferring and using reading interviews for students. I learn so much from their answers in a short amount of time, and it helps me to plan better ways to meet their needs.  If you have younger students, send it home for their parents to complete. When they are returned, I spend an evening reading and jotting anecdotal notes about my new students. Ways…

Hi! I'm Alison

My #1 passion is all things literacy! I'm a curriculum creator and literacy specialist with over 30 years teaching in elementary classrooms. My goal is to share creative and engaging ways to grow your students and are easy to implement and academically sound. You can expect to find teaching tips to boost your confidence and grow your learners. You don't have to do this alone! I'm the support you've been looking for. I'm so glad you are here!

About the Literacy Garden

When I started teaching, I quickly realized that student teaching didn't prepare me for the real challenges of being alone in a classroom full of young children. The learning curve was steep and time was limited. That is why I created the Literacy Garden. My hope is this will be a place for inspiration, mentoring, and connecting.

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