Happy Tuesday,

Side Note: Today is the FIRST day of Fall. We have been in the midst of a huge heatwave. The thought of sweaters and boots right now make me want to faint.

This week we are starting our Persuasive Writing Unit. My teammate introduced me to Hey, Little Ant! O.M.G what a gem! To engage our friends I am going to read, Hey, Little Ant! It a great story to teach the art of persuasion. First, I will read the story to the class and discuss the main theme: To persuade. To SQUISH or NOT SQUISH. We discussed breaking our classes into two groups. The SQUISHERS and the NOT SQUISHERS. They will need to make a pro and con list for the reasons behind their stance. This is a short and simple activity, but will engage our students into my favorite writing unit PERSUASION!


Don't have the book? Check out this video. It is the full story with an ANTastic beginning. 

Hi Friends,

3 week DONE...in the books. I love my class so much. They incredibly sweet and work so well together. Today was a "bookful" day at my school because Tom Angleberger came to our library to give an engaging presentation. I want to emphasis the word ENGAGING. It was hilarious and the kids were HYPED up. I was able to get a picture with him and a book signed. Such a nice guy and great with the kids! The Ramona Recommends side of me was jumping for joy inside my heart. I have not read any of his books, but I want to start. The kids were able to preorder the books, and then he personally autographed each book. One of my boys ordered all the series. I just need to channel in my entire Star Wars. :)




Hello Friends,
TODAY'S LESSON: My exciting news and some wonderful books to use in September!

If you follow me on instagram or facebook, I am sure you know the news. If you aren't aware I have not had a full time in my own classroom position in 4 years. Since education is my passion, I have done everything possible to stay connected and share my love education with kids. Honestly, there were days when I was so depressed because I just didn't know how everything was going to turn out. I just kept praying and knew something would come! Well, lets just say BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE EVER PLANNED! It was around 8:15am Wednesday, August 20th when I received one of the best phone calls of my life. The admin of my school called to set up an interview. This school is BRAND new with top of the line technology. I graciously accepted the interview and ran downstairs to tell my mom and sister who were chatting in the kitchen. My heart was pounding with excitement, nervousness, and everything in between. I became a hermit until Saturday morning and just practiced every interview question I thought they might ask. I stayed off of instagram and pinterest because seeing all of the cute classrooms made me more nervous. Saturday morning arrived, and I walked into the building with my black skirt suit ready to share about my love for teaching. The interview was 20 minutes and everyone was friendly and smiled as I spoke. The principal said she would make a decision by Monday. Oh! Saturday was the LONnnnnnnnggggggggesssttttt Saturday of my life. I tried to keep busy by cleaning, organizing, baking, and eating out with some friends. I also didn't want to start room design planning  because well I would be crushed if I wasnt offered the position.
On Sunday afternoon, I was at the mall with my mom and sister and my phone rang about 3:30. I didn't recognize the number, but answered it right away. It was the principal- my heart about jumped 50 feet as she offered me a 5th grade position at my school. I graciously accepted and signed my contract that following Monday. I have literally not stopped since that interview call on Wednesday. My mom, my brother in law, my best friend, and family friends gathered together to help me set up my classroom. I would not have been able do it without them!
The first day of school was AMAZING! Knowing that this class is mine for the whole year just makes me SMILE SMILE SMILE. My kids are funny, unique, investigators, sweet, strong, and AWESOME. My team is great! I am just H.A.P.P.Y! I need to find a way to continuing blogging, but right now I must give my whole heart into my job. I know you all understand. Don't give up on Ramona Recommends, but there might be a few more breaks then before. THANK YOU!
 I always wear RED-WHITE-BLUE on the first day of school. (Well, this was the second because the first day school we had to wear our school opening shirts).

HERE IS A SNEAK PEEK INTO MY CLASSROOM, I will do a more in-depth post when I find the time (hahahahah). 
 Yay for The Amy Groesbeck's Writing Posters, and The Teacher Wife's Writing Pencil.
My favorite part of my room right here! My best friend made me this sign plus the adorable supplies holders. I'm OBSESSED! Oh and did you see behind my desk is the cute first day of fifth grade sign by Teacher to the Core. I printed mine at Staples, but wasn't thrilled with their service. My poster is bubbling and they charged me 2.00 a cut. :( BUT, I love the poster!!!! Thank you!
 My grade book cover. I have to make everything cute! :)
 My first file in the cabinet! :) I will be going through boxes today from four years ago. Since I have never taught fifth, I am excited to start with a clean file system.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION TIME:
Since grammar is an expected skill we teach, and it is not the most fun to teach, I love using picture books to set the scene. One I will be using this coming week is Puncuation Takes a Vacation. Talks about the different types of puncucation and why we need them. 
http://www.amazon.com/Punctuation-Takes-Vacation-Robin-Pulver/dp/0823418200

Another book I will love to share with my students this week is Memoirs of a Goldfish. My class has several (like 15 kids) who all own goldfish. This book is perfect for narrative writing instruction. The best part- it is HILARIOUS!
Lastly, this week I will read The Name Jar. I have a few students with beautiful names that I am struggling to pronuonce correctly. I fell horrible, but I just it as a lesson of practicing will make perfect. I will be practing this weekend. This story is a true gem that teaches acceptance and respecting everyone's unique names. 
http://www.amazon.com/The-Name-Jar-Yangsook-Choi/dp/0440417996

Happy September! Thank you for stopping by! I must go work on my master schedule. Oh, I love how that sounds. :)

Hello Readers!!!

Hello and welcome! I am so glad you are here for Ramona Recommends' Book Club. Last month we read, The One and Only Ivan and The Day The Crayons Quit. Both books were so great. If you are new to the book club, WELCOME! I am so happy to have you! If we haven't officially met (online), I'm Courtney, creator of Ramona Recommends. Nice to meet you. Click here if you want to learn how I started this blog.

Want to become a book club member? Sign up here!

I am super excited to announce that I have picked another blogger to host September's  Ramona Recommends Book Club. The host is Kathie from Tried and True Teaching Tools.
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CLICK HERE to find out what books she has picked. I am excited! eeek! This month we are doing a linky party. Kathie has included a linky for you to link up your blog post! All you have to do is link up your thoughts and answers to Kathie's questions. 

WANT TO HOST OCTOBERS'S RAMONA RECOMMENDS' BOOK CLUB? 
Here is what you need to do:
1. Pick a children's literature chapter book or picture book that you love. You can pick both too! :)
2. Email me Courtney at ramonarecommends@gmail.com with:
     Your Blog Address
     The Book You have Chosen 
3. Come up with 1-2 discussion questions
4. Must be willing to do a linky party :)
I will accept emails until September 26. If you are picked, I will email you by September 27th.
Hi Friend,

Today I am blogging over at Teacher Deals and Steals. I love being a part of this wonderful teacher community. Each day one or two fantastic teachers will share about their favorite product. BEST PART..... It will be in their Teachers Pay Teachers Store for ONLY $1.00 for 3 days. HOW COOL IS THAT! EEEEkkkk!



Come "Open the Magic!" and see what what my DOLLAR "amazingness" is for YOU!
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