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Friday, November 22, 2013

Gift of Reading Blog Hop - Stop #5

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At each blog stop, you will be gathering Reading gifts and freebies.  In each post you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. Collect all of the letters to solve the mystery quote to enter the giveaway. Record all of the letters on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you may go to A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher's blog.  This is also where you will go after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!!

I love this theme because the "Gift of Reading" could be just about anything.  There are too many gifts to count.  I for one, like to think about the reader that is just starting out.  For some little ones, it comes naturally.  My oldest daughter pretty much taught herself how to read.  To this day it is one of her favorite activities.  My youngest is a good reader as well, but she went through the natural steps of a beginning reader.

For other children, reading seems to be a mysterious idea.  They know that letters and words are involved, but they sometimes get the feeling that they can't do it.

For those students, I love sharing this book with them.

It is about a duck that gets stuck in the muck and she is finally able to get out with the help of some friends.

We know as readers that we all get stuck sometimes when we read.  We are like the duck, waiting there in the muck for someone to help us.  This is the time when that little reader would look up at you with those big baby blues or baby browns and beg to be rescued by you telling them the word that they are stuck on.  We know that we are doing them no favors by telling them without having any other strategies to work from.  Enter your "friends!"  These little critters are a life saver for that reader who is constantly looking to be rescued (and all of your other readers too).

When I saw that Melonheadz made a version of these "Beanie Baby" critters, I knew that I had to have them!  There are many versions out there, but here is the latest.  Click on the picture below to pick up your freebie!

Now, onto your collection!

My secret letter is...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you enjoyed your gift and learned something new. If you would like to be the first to know about new post, giveaways, and blog hops follow me on Bloglovin' by clicking the image below!

Don't stop now! Hop on over to Reading and Writing Redhead to pick up another amazing reading gift! Happy Holidays! 

If you get lost along the way download the Hop Map here to easily pick back up where you left off! 


  1. These are perfect for displaying near my reading table. Thanks so much for sharing them, Amy!
    Carla @ Comprehension Connection

  2. Great posters! Thank you for sharing them!!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. I am faithfully using the helps SO much.

  4. These are the cutest posters ever!! Thanks for sharing:-)

  5. Thanks for the book recommendation! What a great way to introduce the use of strategies! I just put this book on my amazon wish list.

    Thinking Out Loud

  6. I will have to look into this book! I always teach these strategies to my firsties. I even made some centers to go about teaching them. Thanks for the posters!

    Hanging Out in First!

  7. Love the book and the strategy posters. :)

    Read With Me ABC