Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cat's Out of the Bag!

Hello #1stchat friends and all of you out there in blogger land!
A special thank you to Laura Komos and Val Ruckes for hosting the 1stchat blog
and allowing me to be a guest writer!
First Grade Rocks!

I'm letting you in on a secret today about some great news! But before I get to the news, I have some stories to tell.

As a classroom teacher, I began the year reading the Pete the Cat stories, I Love My White Shoes, and Rocking in My School Shoes. My class begged me to read them over and over. They love singing Pete's songs. Then, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons came out and we got that and read it too. As we talked about during our Sunday evening #1stchats, kids really love the Pete stories. Then, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas came out in late September. The kids love this Pete the Cat just as much as the other 3.
November was Picture Book Month and my class voted for Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes, as their favorite book of the year so far. Whenever we read it, we keep walking along and singing Pete's song. Seriously, if you've heard the songs before, you know what I mean. If you haven't heard them yet, you can go to the HarperCollins Books Website and download them for free. 

HarperCollins Featuring Pete the Cat

And now, to let the "Cat out of the Bag!" Pete is going to be featured in "I Can Read" Books. The first 2 titles (Pete's Big Lunch and Play Ball) are due out in late February, and the third title (Pete at the Beach) is due out in May. I am looking forward to sharing these books with my students as I know they will "eat them up". As it is right now, whenever they have Daily 5 Read to Self or Read to Someone, the Pete books are always what they want to read first. I wonder if and hope that the easy readers will be a big hit with my students...How do you think your students will react to the Pete the Cat Easy Readers?
And now, the cat's (Pete) out of the bag!
It's all good!

Amy Rudd is a proud learner, wife, mommy of two, a reader, a writer.  She is currently teaching first grade in Akron, Ohio.  You can find her on Twitter @aruddteacher100 or on her blog-

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Welcome to our new blog!

As I was reading through my Twitter feed the other day, I was marveling at the #Kinderchat and #NerdyBookClub posts from each of their blogs. How incredible to have a place where "members" can all share their thoughts, ideas, and passion in a longer format! And then I started wondering why #1stchat couldn't do the same thing, so I immediately emailed my wonderful co-host Val... and our blog was born.

We can make this our own, in any way we'd like. My original idea was to have guest posts, similar to how other group blogs do it. However, I am open to any and all ideas from our amazing PLN! As people begin using our blog, I'm sure we will come up with new ways and new ideas to add to it. We will still keep our wiki up and running, as that is a great place for people to contribute and find our archives.

If you are interested in contributing posts to our blog, please fill out this form (which is also linked at the top of our blog.) You'll be contacted via Twitter or email with more specifics on how to submit your finished piece(s.)

Yay!! I'm super excited to get this new ball rolling! I hope you'll join in the fun of stretching our thinking, improving our teaching craft, and connecting with other professionals in the name of learning.

~Laura Komos

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Under Construction

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