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Archive for December, 2012

What do you want to know?

Got a question about a struggling reader, writer, or thinker?

Tell me what the child can do and what the child is struggling with…along with your question.

I will do my best to answer your question so we can help the child you have in mind!

How can I help?

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Got a favorite kids’ book?

Let’s help others by sharing our favorite kids’ books.

Here are 3 of mine:

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Babushka’s Doll by Patricia Pollaco
The Five Hundred Hats of Batholemew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss

Yours?

PEACE . . .

PEACE . . .
from Dr. Connie Hebert
National Literacy Consultant & Author

Dear Colleagues,

We are all united in our sadness, horror, and human desire to make sense of something we cannot possibly imagine. As a first grade teacher, Mom, and Grandmom, my heart is crying for every heart that suffered, hid, crawled, feared, screamed, died . . . and survived. I am reminded of my very first classroom in 1979, filled with 32 precious toothless little 1st graders . . . all crying and hugging me on the last day of school because we had to say ‘goodbye.’ I am reminded of my beautiful Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, 2nd graders, 4th graders, Reading Recovery kids, and remedial reading kids. I am reminded of all the administrators, principals, school secretaries, custodians, assistants, and teacher colleagues all over the country whom I’ve had the privilege of working with in an effort to help kids become independent, successful readers and writers. I am reminded . . .

None of us can comprehend how this could have happened, or why. However, we can unite in protecting children, in helping them process this tragedy, and in counseling young teachers who have only just begun their journey. Let us search for books and stories about heroes that will inspire, motivate, and heal…
 

If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 
May we seek quiet moments to reflect on the many children we have taught and loved, to recall colleagues we have labored with, and to count blessings that surround us.

 May all who live and work in a nest called Newtown be comforted and healed in due time . . .

 I wish you Peace, Hope, and the greatest of all, Love.

Connie

Dr. Connie Hebert
Dr. Connie Hebert, National Literacy Consultant/Author
www.conniehebert.com

Josie’s Poems

After writing to colleagues this morning about how heartsick I feel over the tragic loss of precious kids and staff in Newtown, CT, I received an email back from a wonderful Linked In colleague who has embarked on another educational adventure. She”s been in the classroom most of her life and endured some difficult health challenges, but she’s a survivor and an inspiration. Check out Josie’s Poems when you have a chance. Her poems for children will delight you!

http://www.josiespoems.webeden.co.uk/   Here is what she wrote to me:

“I went as a volunteer one hour a week to my local primary school to listen to children reading etc and generally helping. Six months after doing this I asked the children one day what they had been doing:  “Poetry” came the answer “But you wouldn’t like the type of poetry we’ve done!”  In fact I didn’t like it either.  It was  a sentence just spiralling down the page.  “That’s not poetry is it?”said the six year olds.  Well, I have to tell you (but don’t tell the experts) I was on their side and offered to write for them.  This was about five to six years ago.  Today I have written over 1000 poems for children of all ages and much of it has been published but I made a website, at their request, and a great deal of my work is on this website.
I want teachers in America to know that if they Google JOSIE’S POEMS (simple for the children to remember) that they can find the first of five websites and they can try the poems.  A company in my region makes literacy programmes for schools (Webanywhere, Keighley) and they are keen to use these poems in their programmes.  However, they would have to charge schools for the programmes because they have staff to pay and they would want to develop my work.
I would be so glad if you could tell us the best way of reaching teachers across America to let them know that if they Google JOSIE’S POEMS they will find the website and the poems are there for them to try before this firm puts them in their programmes.  I really and truly feel that God has led me along this path and doors have opened which I never expected.  I never contacted Webanywhere.  They contacted me because our MP, Kris Hopkins, told them of the poems.  So I do feel that they may do well, and are already doing well.  They went into 188 countries of the world last year and 602,000 pages of my main website were accessed.  This, to me, was amazing.”
Submitted to me by: Josie Whitehead, Retired Teacher
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Heavy Hearts…What would Mr. Rogers say?

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