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Hameray Herald: The Joy Cowley Giveaway Is Here!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Feb 26, 2015 9:07:26 AM

Joy Cowley Contest

The 2015 Joy Cowley Giveaway Is Here!

Enter before March 31, 2015 for Your Chance to Win!

It's that time of year again: your opportunity to fill your classroom with the fun and humor of beloved Mrs. Wishy-Washy author Joy Cowley. We're giving away over $1000 worth of Joy Cowley leveled readers, big books, and more to one lucky classroom. This year, we're running the contest through Rafflecopter, so you can earn extra chances to win. Introduce your students to Mrs. Wishy-Washy, The Meanies, Hungry Giant, and other giggle-inducing characters, both classic and new! Share the contest with up to ten friends to earn an extra entry for each person you refer! Click here to start earning entries today!

Build Your Own Classroom Library!

Need a more tailored classroom library than what our pre-packaged sets offer? Customize your own classroom library set! We have books that range in reading level from A to Y, with both informational and narrative texts on a wide variety of topics, from science to extreme sports and from whimsical new stories to classic fairy tales. Click here to let us know what you need, and we'll help you create it!

It's Finally Here! What Is a Book?

What is a book? A mat for a cat? A house for a mouse? A story made of words to entertain or frighten? Joy Cowley's newest book, What Is a Book? has arrived to ship. 

A limited number of copies of the special hardcover collector's edition are still available. Click here to learn more and purchase!

                       
 guest bloggers      

Do you have some great classroom tips and tricks that you'd like other teachers to know about? Do you fancy yourself a writer? Do you want more exposure for your blog or TPT page? Become a guest blogger! All guest bloggers receive free books to use as inspiration for their posts!

You'll be the first to know about any contests we hold, you'll get a chance to run mini-contests on your own blog, and you can write as frequently or infrequently as your schedule allows! Click here to let us know if you're interested in this opportunity!
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Check out our literacy blog, which offers useful content, free downloads, and all the resources you need to make teaching a little easier. Some of the recent blog topics include the following:

- Integrating Reading and Writing Instruction
- Using Workstations to Bring Fairy Tales to Life
- Cut-Up Sentences in Reading Recovery Lessons

There are many more great classroom tips available in our archives!

 

Upcoming Conferences

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 Hameray will be attending the following conferences:

We hope you will come by to visit with us!

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Hameray Herald, Contests

Hameray Herald: January 2015 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Jan 15, 2015 11:15:00 AM

 

Hameray Herald: January 2015 Issue

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Joy Cowley Is Coming to America!

Find Out Where You Can Spot Her!

The beloved author of the Mrs. Wishy-Washy series is coming back to the United States to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Reading Recovery in North America! Joy will be a keynote speaker at the National Reading Recovery & K–6 Literacy Conference taking place in Columbus, Ohio during February 7–10, 2015. Also, she will be spending some time at the Hameray booth, so make sure to stop by and meet Joy if you are attending the conference.

Shared Reading? Try These!

New in our My World collection of informational texts: five big books, each introducing one of the five themes in My World! These big books (12” wide by 16” tall) are perfect for shared reading and for exposing even the youngest children to informational text features and fascinating facts about the world around them. Guided reading levels for this series ranges from A–F.

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Joy Cowley's newest children's book, What Is a Book?, written specially to honor the 30th Anniversary of Reading Recovery in North America, will be launched at the National Conference. 

While all conference attendees will receive a special hardcover collector's edition, a limited number will also be available to Hameray customers. Click HERE to be added to our waiting list.

 

Tarantulas, Coyotes, and Sharks! Oh, My!

If you liked Set 1 of the beautifully photographed Zoozoo Animal World series, you're going to love Set 2!  These fun informational texts are designed to inform students about twenty animals in four   different habitats: Desert, GrasslandsMountain, and Ocean. . Guided reading levels for this series range from C–F. 

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Check out our literacy blog, which offers useful content, free downloads, and all the resources you need to make teaching a little easier. Some of the recent blog topics include:

- Guided Reading Group Activities
- Shared Reading
- Supplementing Textbooks with Leveled Readers

Upcoming Conferences

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 Hameray will be attending the following conferences:

We hope you will come by to visit with us!

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Hameray Herald, Conference, Big Books, Shared Reading, My World, Reading Recovery

Hameray Herald: Late June Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Jun 25, 2014 5:40:20 PM

Zoozoo Wordless Books

GET YOUR STUDENTS TALKING!

Part of the popular Zoozoo Into The Wild series, this 8-book animal-themed wordless set is ideal for beginning readers who are still building their oral language proficiency and foundational reading skills. Using unique and engaging photo illustrations, each humorous story explores themes and content areas that are relevant to a young child's life, including friendship, helping others, family, and sharing. 

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Teaching Kids to Read with Shared Reading: Part 1

NEW GUEST BLOG: Kathy Crane of Kindergarten Kiosk shares techniques for an effective shared reading lesson.

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Speechmark ColorCards Created by SLPs

Designed for Students with Special Needs: ColorCards improve language skills & develop emotional literacy!

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Coming Soon...

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Topics: Zoozoo Into the Wild, Hameray Herald, Shared Reading, Wordless Books, Special Education, Professional Books

Hameray Herald: June 2, 2014 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Jun 2, 2014 2:27:45 PM

Letter Buddies Contest: Did You Win?


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CONTEST WINNER IS...

Thanks to everyone who participated. With hundreds of entries, it wasn't easy to select a winner of the 2014 Letter Buddies Classroom Contest, but there's one lucky teacher who has won the Grand Prize—a Letter Buddies Class Set!

Congratulations to Kim Noreikis!
Booker T. Washington Primary Academy
Lexington, KY

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Using Paired Texts to Teach Personal Safety

Guest Blog by Lesley Boatright: 
Lesley uses paired texts from Story World Real World to explain safety.

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How to Pull Facts from Biographies w/ Alphaboxes

Guest Blog by Richard Giso: 
Rich shares an activity he uses with his 2nd graders: the Biography Alphabox.

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8 New Joy Cowley Big Books!

Eight additional titles now available as Big Books from the Joy Cowley Collection Green and Red Sets!

Learn More by Clicking Here

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Zoozoo Mundo Animal: 20 Spanish Nonfiction Readers

Zoozoo Mundo Animal consists of twenty Spanish titles featuring animals native to different regions of the world. Start your bilingual and ELL students off right with this low-leveled series (guided reading levels A–D).

Learn More by Clicking Here

 
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Topics: Joy Cowley, Story World, Hameray Herald, Biography Series, Spanish

Hameray Herald: April 2014 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Apr 30, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Letter Buddies Contest

GET OFF TO THE RIGHT START

ENTER NOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN LETTER LEARNING MATERIALS

Alphabet knowledge is an important aspect of a child's literacy foundation, and the Letter Buddies materials offer students a fun, engaging way to begin their letter learning. Today, we launch the Letter Buddies Classroom Contest and invite any interested educators to enter for a chance to win! Click here to learn more and to enter.


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Come Meet Joy Cowley: Visit Us At IRA

May 8–12. Come to the Hameray Booth at the IRA Conference in New Orleans (Booth 2013) & meet Mrs. Wishy-Washy author Joy Cowley! 

Click Here to Learn More

GUEST BLOG: Teaching Kids to Write

Standard Spelling Stage. Rhonda McDonald continues her series of excellent blogs posts on the various developmental stages of writing.

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Story World Real World

LOOKING FOR TEXT SETS? Story World Real World is a 40-book series for Grades 1–2 that bridges traditional narrative texts to informational texts. Comprising ten traditional tales and thirty informational texts, the series meets Common Core State Standards for reading in both literature and informational text. Each traditional story is paired with three informational books that offer fun and interesting real-world facts relating to specific elements from the narrative text.
 
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Worksheets

Remember, if you miss one of our weekly blog posts, you can always go back to download our teacher-created worksheets from the "For Teachers" page on our website, where you will also find other helpful resources like online brochures, downloadable teacher's guides, sample books & more! Check it out by clicking here.

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Story World, Hameray Herald, Conference

Hameray Herald: March 2014 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Mar 26, 2014 8:41:00 AM

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HIGH-INTEREST + LOW READING LEVELS

START BY GRABBING YOUR STRIVING READERS' ATTENTION

Hameray's collection of high-interest readers are designed to provide reading help to both struggling and reluctant readers. The readability of these controlled books aids striving readers in improving their reading strategies, while developing stronger comprehension skills. Hameray offers books that range in reading level from M–S with an interest level for students in grades 3–8.

Series include the Hameray Biography Series, Download Series, Underwater Encounters, Extraordinary Files and SuperScripts.

Click Here to Learn More

 
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Almost There... Winners to be Announced 4/2!

LAST CHANCE. Enter now for a chance to win a Joy Cowley Grand Prize! Ten other lucky winners will also be selected!

Click Here to Learn More

Blog: Susanna Westby of Whimsy Workshop

WORDLESS BOOKS. Get inspiration from Susanna's great lesson ideas on writing: observations, invented spellings, and editing.

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BUY NOW & SAVE! A special pre-publication offer for one of Joy Cowley's most-loved stories, Do-Whacky-Do, a poetic tale of "10 baggy clowns" going to town. With bright, colorful illustrations, the Do-Whacky-Do Big Book will thrill young readers using the fun, rhyming language you've come to expect from Joy! 
 
Click Here to Buy It Now at a Special Price

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LEARNING + FUN. Spring Break shouldn't be an excuse to let the learning stop! Have parents download Hameray's early literacy apps while students are out of the classroom or augment your classroom lessons with these educational apps for the iPad & iPhone. 

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Hameray Herald, Mobile Apps, My World, Apps, Joy Cowley Classics

Hameray Herald: February 2014 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Feb 28, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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BIG BOOKS. READERS. PUPPETS.

DON'T MISS OUT ON THE JOY COWLEY CLASSROOM GIVEAWAY

It's back by popular demand! After receiving such positive feedback for The Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway that we held last year, we had to do it again in 2014! It's a chance to win a package of Joy's newest stories showcasing your favorite characters: Mrs. Wishy-Washy, the Hungry Giant, Little Dan, and more. Learn more about the contest, the Grand Prize, and rules by clicking here. There's NO cost, just tell us what you love most about Joy Cowley's stories!
 
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ROAR! Pairing Narrative & Informational Texts

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Pairing low-leveled fiction & nonfiction books, this series allows students to explore some of their favorite animals across different text genres.

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Guest Blog

Mrs. Wishy-Washy & Teaching Digraphs
Laureen Stewart shares a fun activity for teaching the "sh" & "ch" digraphs while drawing inspiration from Mrs. Wishy-Washy & the Big Wash!

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Shared Reading

Shared Reading with Smarty Pants Kindergarten teaching wiz Elizabeth Hall offers another one of her helpful classroom lessons (with a FREE download) using Joy Cowley's Smarty Pants in a shared reading exercise that fosters fluency in students! Read Elizabeth's entire guest blog post by clicking here.

Downloadable Worksheets

Don't Miss Out! Just a reminder that you can still download any of the worksheets from past blog posts directly from the Resources page on our website. We will continue to update this twice a month, to keep the content current and useful. You can see more by clicking here.

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Topics: Zoozoo Into the Wild, Hameray Herald

Hameray Herald: January 2014 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Jan 29, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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WORKSHEETS, TIPS & MORE!

The Hameray Literacy Blog regularly offers high-interest posts on a variety of literacy topics ranging from Teaching Story Retelling and Developmental Writing to Strategies for Teaching Reading. Our blog strives to deliver quality classroom-tested activities that stoke the interest of your students. We know you have a busy schedule that might sometimes cause you to miss a helpful post, so we've created an easy-to-access resource that lists the downloadable activities & worksheets in a single place! Check it out here.

 
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Zoozoo Readables App for iPad & iPhone

For a Limited Time Only
Download this interactive storybook app for FREE. Based on the leveled 8-book series Zoozoo Into the Wild Fiction.

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Bridging Narrative Texts to Informational Texts

Story World Real World
Our popular new series meets Common Core standards for reading in literature & informational texts.

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You can download a FREE set of Letter Buddies Letter Formation and Coloring worksheets. Click here to find out more.
 
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February is Black History Month, and Hameray will honor the lives of some of the most influential figures in modern history—from Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela to Jackie Robinson. Learn more about Hameray's Biography series (Reading Levels M to S) by clicking here (includes a flipbook sample).
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Topics: Hameray Herald

Hameray Herald: New Year's 2014 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Jan 6, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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Looking back on 2013, a lot of exciting things have happened here at Hameray! We started our literacy blog, as well as creating a Pinterest page (which includes a repository of our free downloadable worksheets) and coming out with a fun new app based on our Underwater Encounters series! We even put up flip book previews of all our series! With new books and new blog posts coming out in 2014, we look forward to providing you with a lot of useful information in the year to come!
 
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The Power of Anchor Charts

Lyssa Sahadevan explains anchor charts and how they can be useful in the classroom in this post that includes a video.

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How to Catch a Gingerbread Man

Elizabeth Hall shares information on teaching transitional words to kindergarteners in this story-based unit.

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Under the Sea is an educational app based on our Underwater Encounters series. Designed by Playrific for the iPad and iPhone, Under the Sea provides brain-boosting interactive activities and interesting, educational facts about many different varieties of sea creatures. Learn more here.
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Flip Through Sample Books. Want to see our books firsthand? Check out our flipbook collection that includes sample books from each of our series. Learn more here.
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Hameray Herald: November 2013 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Nov 27, 2013 9:41:00 AM

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As Hameray finishes its fourth year, there is a lot for us to be thankful for! We are fortunate to work with some of the best educators and authors from around the world, and we're lucky to be creating materials that are impacting the literacy development of our next generation. Mostly, we are thankful for all of you who support and help us to do what we love!

In case you missed it, we're offering a special deal to show our thanks! Learn More. 
 
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Content-Rich Preschool Classrooms

Susan Bennett-Armistead shows you what a daily lesson plan using informational texts in an early childhood classroom looks like. 

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Point of View and the Common Core

Lyssa Sahadevan discusses the importance of understanding point of view for comprehensionin kindergarten.

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LETTER BUDDIES CLASS SET. Get a set of early childhood resources for learning beginning literacy concepts. The class set includes the Letter Buddies Letter Books, Alphabet Big Books, Blends, Magnetic Letters & More! Available for a limited time with a special price! Learn more here.
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Flip Through Sample Books. Want to see our books firsthand? Check out our flipbook collection that includes sample books from each of our series. Learn more here.
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Topics: K-2 Literacy, Hameray Herald, Special Offers

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