Happy Tuesday, everyone! As I type this, I am sitting on the couch as the flu finally found me! #bummer! Luckily, I have this whole week off to rest and catch up on blog reading and activity making. Ok, now on to the good stuff. Since it is Thanksgiving week, my two book recommendations are about teaching children to have good manners. Who wants a kid jumping up and down on the table during thanksgiving? Not me!



This guide book provides 14 comical best behavior "how tos". Each "good manners" topic is provided by a different well-know artist. When you turn the page, it is like Christmas because you don't know what is inside. When you open the book, you might learn about how to act in the classroom, at the dinner table, in a movie theater, and at the playground. I believe this book would be great in the classroom and at home to help promote good behavior in all settings. Look in my TpT store soon, for an activity about good manners vs. bad manners. 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PSA)- Every teacher and home should be proud owners of this masterpiece. The book discusses the meaning of, "Do unto others as you have others do unto you". Want to teach kids more about what FRIENDLY looks likes, or how to be POLITE, or when someone should say THANK YOU? This book will be the teacher for you. Just sit back, relax, and let this book do the teaching. Instead of just telling your kids about manners, use this book to teach a valuable lesson. Children learn more effectively through examples than just being told. 
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this week's Ramona Recommends. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. See you soon!

I did it!  I have announced to my family I have a second job as of Monday night. I am the proud new president of Ramona Recommends gone {Product Creator}! Like I said, I would make some activities to go with the books I recommend. #remember? #it'sokifyoudon't. There is no turning back now. I am invested. I have sat in my black office chair every  chance I have had in order to create my first product. In order to make this product, I have read so many "How-Tos" that my brain feels like I am back in my masters. It is SO worth it. I am on the way to creating a Teachers Pay Teachers account. #onethingatatimeMissH! I have always loved to create ideas for the classroom and what better way than to share with my readers. 

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FYi:I have already recommended Thanks for Thanksgiving.This book would be perfect to set the scene before opening up a can or a file of thankfuls!  *You do not need to read the book in order to complete activities. If you want to look back at that post go ahead HERE



 My heart is still beating quickly as a million exciting emotions run through my head. I am so thankful to get to share my love of reading and creating with you, the reader. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Now, go get that freebie! :)
Hope everyone is having a good week so far. I know it's only Tuesday. Hopefully, my post will make your day or week better.
This week, I would like to share two books. One of these books holds a special place in my heart. My first year teaching, I taught in Tucson, Arizona. I taught in a school with mostly Hispanic kids. I came from a completely different world than all of my students. As the year progressed, I learned about many wonderful Hispanic traditions, foods, and songs.  One of my very good friends told me about a wonderful chapter book that would have our students begging me to read it during  our read aloud time. Soap Box Moment- having students listen or read books that they can relate to will have more of an impact than if they can not relate. When we read it together as a class there were times when my eyes would well up in tears. Without further ado:



Esperanza Rising is one of the those books that changes you. It allows you to dive into another culture and learn about the hardships different people have to deal with. I recommend reading it with 4th and 5th graders. It will open their eyes and allow for a vocal classroom discussion. Sometimes life isn't fair- how would you deal with losing something close to you? Sometimes fair isn't always equal. 

3rd Grade Thoughts has a wonderful Response to Text Menu
that would allow for such rich conversation Before+During+After reading Esperanza Rising. If you go to her blog, she has this Response to Text Menu for free. In her TPT store, she has a menu for each calendar month. So cool! Want to see, click here.

I want to know who invented LICE? Ugh! #Sogross, just being honest. If you aren't a teacher, you might not have the same sentiments as we do about this bug. The feeling when you go check your mailbox and you see a stack of 32 white papers from the nurse's office, you just get sick (start itching your hair) . Yep! Ever since I found out about the lice party that happends in most elementary schools, my hair has decided to be in a pony for most of the year. I did hear that lice do not like colored hair so maybe im safe! For my second recommendation, I would like to introduce David Shannon's newest gem...

Bugs In My Hair
I feel that the title and picture explain it ALL.  I think this would be a great read aloud to read during the beginning of school. I am also thinking during story time before bed. Enjoy the itchy read! :) The pictures are quite the experience. If you get easily grossed out, save this read for someone else. I wonder is there National Lice Day?- wouldn't this be a great classroom present.
In Loving Memory of

http://www.amazon.com/Junie-B-First-Grader-Aloha-ha-ha/dp/0375834044/ref=sr_1_30?ie=UTF8&qid=1384812500&sr=8-30&keywords=junie+b.+jones
Over the weekend, we lost one of the most influential writers in children's literature. Barbara Park wrote a wonderful inspiring series about a little girl named Junie B. Jones. If you have a reader reading between 2nd and 3rd grade level, I recommend this series without hesitation. Each book is about a different event in Junie B. Jones' life. I would recommend using for story elements as Junie B. is always finding problems and solutions. :) If you want to learn more about these books and the writer behind Junie B., go her website where you can find a whole book list, games, and fun lessons for the classroom. 

The three books in the window pane are my three favorites.

Thank you Barabara Park for all the years of wonderful books!

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Listening- This summer, I went to Rascal Flatts with my best friend. One of the opening acts was Cassadee Pope. She did a GREAT job. I am one of her newest fans.
Loving-I love to read blogs and find new ideas. This whole blogging teacher world is so wonderful. Sharing is caring :)
Thinking- Yep, I have the November cold that is going around. It is so annoying. It makes my head throb. ANNOYED!
Wanting- I still have so much to learn about blogging. I want to learn how to:
1. Embed .pdf for free files
2. Make cute book product collages
3. Reach out to more people
Needing- My needing and wanting go hand in hand!
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