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September Rooted in Reading and Book Giveaway

Can you believe it is almost September??? For some of you in the south and other places in the country you have probably be in school for a couple of weeks!  I also know some areas like where our good friend Erica lives you don't go back to school until after Labor Day!

Amy and I have SO enjoyed seeing all your wonderful pictures using Rooted in Reading in your classrooms (Don't forget to use our hashtag #rootedinreading on instagram).  I am also getting to see work from our program coming home with Emmie.  She loves sharing about all that she is learning from the August unit!  We wanted to give you a little picture tour of the September unit as you get ready for next month!

The books in September are some of the best of the best! I have loved When I was Young in the Mountains since I was a little girl! 

Here are my Amazon links for these books if you are are wanting to purchase.  Please, please look elsewhere for Wilfred or put it on your wishlist, I have no idea why it is so expensive! 

Now for a close look at the unit!

Amy's directed drawings are SO good and really activate the learner's thinking about the book! I am pretty sure the the salamander tail is my favorite though!

We thought Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge would make a great opportunity to work with Grandparents' Day!  You can easily adjust hair and skin color to match your students' loved ones!

Look at all these grammar opportunities for the students!

Amy also included Anchor Chart ideas in each unit as well!

Every lesson comes with an interactive notebook printable for your students to share their thinking or takeaway.  I was in Emma's class yesterday and some kids were reading the passages with partners, some kids were completing Amy's grammar activities, and other were writing in their notebooks about the comprehension skills. It made me SO happy!
With each week of plans you have a Nonfiction reader that ties to the book in some way!
AND last but not least the focus posters are wonderful additions to your Reading board or can even be copied and sent home with students to show parents what their kids are learning!

You can find all four weeks of lesson plans and activities here: 

Last year Amy and I complied this document below that addresses all the standards and also contains a list of supplemental books that are suggested pairs for each week!

We wanted to give one LUCKY reader a chance at winning ALL eight supplemental books for September! These books would be awesome additions to any classroom!!!
 Enter the rafflecopter below and then check back with us on Thursday to see if you have won!

A New Role

I am writing this blog post as I listen to Emmie and her friends make chocolate chip pancakes! I am also rounding out my first full week "staying at home." If you follow my accounts on FB or Instagram, then you know that I resigned from my teaching position at the end of last year.

I have debated writing this post for lots of reasons. One- I know there are many of you who would love to be at home with your littles.  I am SO aware of that.  I don't ever want to come across as being insensitive to that.  Two-  I don't want anyone to think I have lost my LOVE for teaching.  Three- I kind of feel in limbo right now. 

I have written on this blog for 6 years being 100% honest about what is going on in my life and I want to continue to do so.  {No oversharing I promise :) }  I would just hate to give the impression that I am balancing a full time job, being a mom to three, AND TPT'ing when I am not.

So I wanted to give you a little insight into what life is like for me right now....

1.  First and foremost- mom to Nash, Emmie, and Smith.

(The first day of school)

Those teacher kids are the best aren't they??  Able to entertain themselves and hang while mommy gets her work done! 

Like many of you, I will be running mine all over Creation after school to their activities.  Emmie is very into music and dance.  Nash LOVES his football!

Smith and I are enjoying a little slower pace.  The big kids' school (my former school) is very close to the beach so twice this week, we dropped the kids at school and headed straight out to the beach. Literally toes in the sand by 7:30 a.m.

2. PTA Mom/Room Mom

I love, love, love doing bulletin boards and other displays in the classroom and around school.  Three different grade levels let me scratch my creative side by helping with their boards. 

I am also doing things for the teachers that I haven't necessarily had the time for before.  Yesterday I picked up dinner for both my kids' teachers and made dessert.  I texted a few other moms and we all chipped in toward the meals!  I'm thinking after a FULL week their first week back that the teachers weren't really planning on making dinner :)

3. Actually cooking for my family (and with Emmie- my chef in training)

I have really relied on my husband to handle dinner a lot over the years.  Lately I have had the desire to find and make meals for my family!

The pizza sliders definitely aren't healthy, but many of my new recipes revolve around making healthier versions of our favorites- like this chicken salad which was delicious!  We also love zucchini boats, zucchini lasagna, and black bean burgers. 

4.  TPT.  I won't be abandoning this blog or my creating.  I will have some work time when Smith goes to socialize with other kids or during his nap time.  I have a HUGE list of projects that I am going to get started on very soon.  

I have this freebie in the works and I will be uploading it today or tomorrow- I will let y'all know!

Being a mom is the hardest and most amazing thing I have ever done.  We all question our decisions, but for my family- I know I am in the right place.  I wasn't able to give all the people in my life EVERYTHING they needed at the same time. I was headed in too many directions. Will I go back?  Most definitely.  Teaching is a part of my soul. In this season of life I just needed more flexibility than the classroom allows. Thank you so much for reading this post and your support in my new journey <3 

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