Courtney at Swimming into Second is hosting a favorite book linky party and since books are a passion/ hobby/ lifestyle for me I decide to join up!   My most favorite, favorite, favorite book to read aloud is Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco.

In this story the main character Trisha has great difficulty learning to read due to an undiagnosed disability. In fifth grade Mr. Falkner comes along and with the help of the reading teacher she learns to read. On the last page it is revealed that this story is actually based on the author’s childhood and her difficulty with reading.  It makes me cry every time I read it aloud.
I use this story to launch my Making Connections unit.  You see, I was retained in first grade because I had such a hard time with math- it was like a foreign language to me. While I was never diagnosed with a learning disability, I dreaded math most of my school career (including college). I teach in a co-taught classroom and I am the general ed teacher. Many of the students struggle with reading and it is SUCH a powerful book for them.  Not only to hear that a famous author and illustrator had difficulties (and disability) like they do, but also their teacher.
Story Online has this story read aloud by Jane Kaczmarek.
It is hard to believe the weekend is almost over!  Back to school tomorrow after a long weekend in the mountains.  Kinley got to  pick out the pumpkin.  I think she liked this one!
Have a wonderful week.  I have tons of pictures from my classroom , and want to do a photo series of how I run and organize guided reading group.  It is on my to do list! PLUS I need to post my retelling unit in my TpT store!  Gah!  Gotta add that to the list!

Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website ( and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.

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