Happy New Year's Eve. Are you teaching prepositions this year? I have the book and lesson for you! Rick Walton has created a series of books to help with your language adventures. The one I will be debuting you is Around the House the Fox Chased the Mouse. In this story, you will find a lesson about prepositions. Students will learn about how the fox chased the mouse. Maybe he went AROUND the house, THROUGH the fence, or OVER the log. In the back of the book, Rick provides a mini preposition lesson. When I read this book to my students, I use a really out of breathe voice. The kids think its hilarious. I am trying to become one with the characters. #lovetobesilly!
I have also created a preposition product on TpT to help students practice using prepositions. Here is a little look inside the product. Click on any of the pictures to go to this product on TpT.


 Happy New Year's Eve.

I opened my email the other morning to receive an email I didn't want to open. One of my favorite places to by children's books is going out of business. Mrs. Nelson's Book Shop. Ugh! I love supporting independent book retailers. We all share in opening the magic. If you live in Southern California, stop by before they close their doors. Mrs. Nelson's does have an online store, but I am not sure if that is still going to continue. I wish Mrs. Nelson's Book Shop a sweet goodbye.


Every time I went to Mrs Nelson's Book Shop, I took a picture outside before I walked into her magical shop. Stay tuned, for a lengthy post on where Ramona Recommends purchases all of her books.
Happy {soon-to-be} New Year!

I am excited to bring you a New Year's Giveaway! Jen from Sparkling in Second is holding a huge giveaway with 20 different bloggers K-5! We have all donated some of our newest products to celebrate the new year!

There are 3 packs to win {k/1, 2, 3-5}, enter one or enter them all, it's up to you!
There's no better way to start the year than a bunch of NEW products!

The giveaway ends December 31st {just in time for the NEW year}, so don't delay, enter below!

Good luck!

Check back for a winner on January 1st!

Happy Tuesday! Can't believe CHRISTMAS is TOMORROW!

Let's get down to business. Shall we? I love children's responses to thick questions. Their answers are so innocent and the truth to a tee. There is no sugar coating just the facts. Which brings me to my next point. Today, I will be recommending a book that allows for great discussion about one of the most powerful free gifts. The gift of being able to read.
This book is simple. Not a lot of bells and whistles. It provides true hard facts about why being able to read feels good. One can read street signs, labels, learn about new places, or find animals at the zoo. Even though it has a primary feel, much rich discussion can come from older readers. Reading is such an important life skill. Can’t really do life without the gift of being able to read. I love to read this book when coming back to school after a long break. I use this with 4th and 5th graders.  It helps the kids refocus on why they are in school. TO LEARN.  Even though the pictures are more primary elementary, students can use the pictures as a base. 

I have included a freebie for your students to write why reading makes them feel good. When I was getting my reading masters, I had my clinic student do this activity. Her response: Reading is the key to the world. Without reading we are powerless. She is in fifth grade. #criticalthinker! Click on the pictures to go straight to the freebie. Leaving positive comments makes me happy! :)


Have a wonderful Merry Christmas!!!!

Hot Chocolate or Eggnog? 
 I love Hot Chocolate! Nothing beats little marshmallows dancing in chocolaty steam topped with LOTS of Whipped cream!
Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them underneath the tree? 
Growing up, we had a BIG Santa present that would be next to our stocking. Then, my mom and dad would wrap the smaller gifts for under the tree. I do not have any children of my own yet. BUT, I have a little nephew and lets say I spoil him beyond. He may or may not have 12 books under the tree from Auntie Ramona this year.

Colored lights or white? 
On the house trim white for sure! Our tree has always had red lights. It's a tradition. 

When do you decorate? 
We always decorate the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is so magical. I love it! I would rather have my house decorated than get presents. 

Real or Fake Tree? 
I Courtney will NEVER NEVER NEVER ever have a fake tree. It's against my religion. :) The smell is so yummy when you walk into the house after a long day. Ok, well I do have one fake tree, but it is small and in my room. The real one is downstairs. This picture was last year.

What Tops Your Tree?
As of now, two days before Christmas... nothing! On the to-do for next year!

Favorite Christmas Memories or Traditions?
Ever since I can remember, my parents give us Christmas jammies on Thanksgiving. Now, I have enough pairs to wear a different one every day in December. Its fun! I love making cookies with my mom, and of course eating them until I am sick. We have been going to Mortons Steak House on Christmas Eve for about 15 years. Yummy! Its not a Christmas without my dad wearing his Snowman tie with his Camel coat. 

Do you remember your favorite gift as a child? 
I loved American Girl dolls. I remember getting Molly! I was so excited! She was my absolute favorite. 

Do prefer giving or receiving? 
 Lets be real, I love getting gifts. BUT, I love giving as well. I love going shopping and finding the perfect gift for someone. I also love making handmade crafts to give to people because they come straight from the heart.

What is your favorite Christmas song? 
All I want for Christmas is You. Mariah Carey style ONLY!

Candy Canes. Yuck or Yum? 
I like, but I don't really ever eat them.

Favorite Christmas Movie? 
Love Actually or The Holiday 

Do you shop online or at stores?
Both! Shopping is my middle name. I lied, its Ann. :)
Photo Cards, Letter or Store Bought Card? 
Photo cards. Looking through all of the cards is my favorite! 

Go Link up!

Happy first day of break! Today's blog post is brought to you by Ramona Organizes :). I love to be organized. It soothes my soul. When I am not organized, I can tell. I start to panic and need to start making lists asap! :)

About two years ago, at this same time I decided to reorganize my entire office area. I was inspired by iheart Organizing, the BEST organizing blog on the web. Her talent is beyond any talent I am capable of, but I try. :)
I have decided this winter break, I am going to organize the Ramona Recommends library. Right now, everything is nicely shelved, but it takes me more time than I would like to find "that one book"! As I type this, I keep looking over at the shelves, thinking am I really going to do this! It might take me forever! As of December 20th, I own 1, 232 children's books. Fortunately, yes I said fortunately, the list will keep growing, because I LOVE LOVE LOVE books.

Here is the plan that I have mapped out:
1. I am going to first make a list of the all the genres I think I have in my collection.
2. Start creating cute rectangular tags for my bookshelves.
3. Deep Breathe, Deep Breathe!
4. Start organizing the books by genre/holiday
5. Finish creating tags!
6. Continue to organize
7. Smile and sit and stare at my hard work!!
8. Post my genre tags and posters on TpT
9. Share finished product on BLOG! 

I am SO excited! I better get started!
Here is the BEFORE:

 How do you organize your teacher books?

Hello! Welcome back to regular programing. Just in case you joined Ramona Recommends during the first 12 days of December, let me recap. During that time, I recommended a book each day to add to your holiday wish list. :) Now, we are back to regular programming. Every Tuesday, I will recommend a wonderful picture book or chapter book that I find magical. Sometimes, I will even add a lesson or activity to go with the book. I am super glad you are here! Thank you and WELCOME!

Can't believe break is almost here! I know we are all counting down to the days of yoga pants, cookie binges, morning workouts, relaxation, family time, and just plain fun! Today's recommendation will be rather short as my to-do list is longer than Rapunzel's hair. I love being busy, but tired and busy just don't settle well with me.

With Common Core quickly becoming the mainstream in almost all classrooms in the US, I want to recommend a book that celebrates the importance of asking questions. As learners, questions make us grow and learn beyond what we thought was possible.
Read the true story of Albert Einstein and his curiosity that has him questioning everything! :) I love the way it is written. The voice has a poetic touch which shines brightly on Albert Einstein's quest to learn about gravity and motion. It proves you just have to have a spark of curiosity to change the world. This book can be used for many different lessons. Within the next few days, I will be showing how I used On a Beam of Light to teach the ins and outs of questioning. Lucky you! I will be posting it onto TpT. Here is a sneak of what is in store....

QUESTION: What are you doing over the winter holiday?
Thank you to everyone who entered my first giveaway. What fun! Hope to see you again for my next giveaway soon!
Martina, please email so I can get your mailing info!!!! Congratulations!!!

 Just a quick post tonight! I have a million and one things on my to-do list! Here is  the freebie I promised. Need a no cost holiday gift for your students? Well, your search is over! Head over to my TpT and grab, "Holiday Homework Passes". Click on the link and you'll be there!

Have you entered into my giveaway?
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