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     Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I have lived in Cincinnati for the past ten years.  I have been teaching third grade at Lockland Elementary School since 2004.  I really enjoy being a teacher and I believe that all children can learn.  One of my goals is to share my love of reading with my students. My dream is that they would pick up a book to enjoy as often (or almost as often) as they would turn to television or video games. This year there are many different activities happening in my classroom to encourage a love of books.

  Picture Book of the Month

     Each month I will introduce a new picture book.  Students will be encouraged to read the book independently during our DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time.  You and your child are also welcome to obtain the book on your own (from a bookstore or the library) and read it together at home.  Once your child has read the book, he/she will sign the log for the month.  On the last day of the month, all students who have read the book will be invited to have "Lunch with the Teacher" and discuss the book together.

Scholastic Book Clubs

     Every month you will be receiving a sales paper from the Scholastic Book Clubs.  This is a fun and inexpensive way to build up your child's personal library.  Every month there is at least one book on sale for a dollar.  If you order online, with a credit card, you can receive a FREE book and the class will receive a FREE book for our classroom library. I encourage you to take advantage of this book club at least once or twice during this school year.

Read Alouds

One of the favorite parts of my school day is when I get to read aloud to the class.  I usually choose books that are within your child's listening ability, but above your child's reading ability.  Sometimes, though, I choose books that will teach a specific lesson or will encourage students to read a specific series on their own.  This year I hope to share the following stories with your child:  Jake Drake, Bully Buster (Andrew Clements); Miss Daisy is Crazy (Dan Gutman), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Kate DiCamillo), and The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell (Chris Colfer, star of the television show "Glee") to name a few.  Students sometimes want to obtain their own copies of read alouds in order to read along with me (or read ahead of me!).  I will never forget when my own third-grader (many years ago) came home and told me we had to find The BFG at the library because her teacher was taking too long reading it to the class!