I feel that, in many ways, my blog is transforming yet again. For a while, I was an eclectic book blogger, blogging about everything from the new releases to the oldest of classics. Then, I focused on classics almost exclusively. For the past year, I’ve been reading a lot of history books, but I’m still getting my classics read and reviewed. I still love the classics first and foremost.
You other book bloggers may have noticed my presence has decreased significantly in the book blog world. So much is happening right now in my life, and it has been like this since my dear little Strawberry was born nearly a year ago! Wow. Amazing how quickly a year passes by. I still intend to keep this blog a reading blog, highlighting the books I’ve been reading, both fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature (from picture books to the occasional young adult). But there is so much more to my world these days that I can’t avoid letting some of it slip in.
Part of that will be occasional mentions about what I’m working on for homeschooling. You’ve seen my children’s picture book mentions that relate to what my son is learning: I have also been busy working some of the games and activities that Raisin and I have enjoyed into products that would also work for teachers in a classroom or other homeschooling parent.
My store at Teachers Pay Teachers has seven products so far, three of which are free. I hope to keep adding more products as the weeks pass, mostly because I am enjoying the challenge (yay for design!) but also because I have created many products for my son already that I think I can rework for a larger group and other people.
One project that I have been thinking of for months is teaching about poetry through classic picture books. The first in that series is up in my store (Introduction to Rhythm) and the second (Introduction to Rhyme) is in progress. I also have a unit on Paul Bunyan based on some favorite picture books.
So far, I love the design aspect, and I’ve had some success in the past two weeks since I joined the site. If you are a public or homeschooling teacher, I’d love to hear if these products help you. Also, what are you looking for to make your teaching easier? I’d love to create new lesson plans that could be of use to you.