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Want to See All Our Free Downloadable Worksheets in One Place?

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Nov 18, 2013 8:00:00 AM

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We've added to our Pinterest boards a new board that contains all of our free downloadable worksheet links in one place! Our worksheets, activity pages, and coloring pages are among our most popular resources, and now you can see them at a glance at this board!

We'll be adding each new downloadable item to the board as they are posted to this blog, so if you follow the board, you'll see the newest items in your feed!

Find the new board at the bottom of our main Pinterest page, or click this link to go directly to it!

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Sneak a Peek at Story World and Real World on Pinterest!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Jul 17, 2013 8:00:00 AM

5122 Where Would You Like to Live Inside FINAL 6We've put some pages from our new series Story World–Real World on our Pinterest page!

Story World–Real World is a 40-book series for the K-2 classroom that bridges traditional narrative texts to informational texts. Comprising ten traditional tales like Little Red Riding Hood and thirty informational texts that relate to the stories, the series meets Common Core State Standards for reading in both literature and informational texts. Each of the traditional stories is paired with three informational books that offer fun and interesting real world facts relating to specific elements from the narrative text.

Story World is a series of traditional story tales retold by Alan Trussell-Cullen and intended to be supported by the informational texts available in the Real World series. While each story stands well on its own, with bright, contemporary illustrations and simple dialog, the accompanying informational texts give children a chance to more deeply understand the elements of the story and see how they tie into real life. The selection of stories is drawn from European fairy tales and Aesop's fables. Some, such as Three Little Pigs will likely already be familiar to children, while others, such The Lion and the Mouse, are less known and may be novel to them.

Click here to see our Pinterest board and take a look at the bright, interesting photography, fascinating facts, and whimsical illustrations.

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Topics: Story World, Real World, Pinterest

Highlights from the Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on May 3, 2013 6:00:00 AM

Helping to support the Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway was a group of very enthusiastic education bloggers. We offered these bloggers a chance to conduct their very own Mrs. Wishy-Washy giveaway (offering a Joy Cowley Big Book to one winner from each site) and to get first crack at reviewing a couple of our Mrs. Wishy-Washy books and informing their readers about our classroom nomination contest. Here are highlights from some of more creative posts (in alphabetical order by blog name):

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Screen Shot 2013 05 02 at 11.45.37 AMWritten by former teacher Tammy Ferrell, this blog focuses on  grade levels K–2 as implemented in the homeschooling of her two children.

Her post on the Mrs. Wishy-Washy contest and book reviews includes an example of some activities she created to help her son learn using Mrs. Wishy-Washy and the Big Wash as the focus of the lesson.

She created a chart with headings and made sticky notes with items to be matched to the headings. Then she had her son (five years old and reading at a first-grade level) match the sticky notes to their corresponding headings. The headings asked the child to identify the title, setting, and characters that were central to the story, and also what problem and solution drove the plot.

Another activity she created for her son was a synonym-matching activity based on vocabulary found in the book. Over on her blog, you can see pictures of the activities she created and read what she had to say about the book.


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Written in support of the book by the same name, Catching Readers Before They Fall is a blog maintained by the book's authors, Pat Johnson and Katie Keier, that focuses on strategies to help struggling readers in grades K–4.

Katie, with the help of her students, reviewed Mrs. Wishy-Washy and the Big Wash and Wishy-Washy Clothes. Unique among our reviewers, Katie gave us some of the children's opinions in their own words:

*Joy Cowley is a smart writer. She knows how to make kids laugh. I love Mrs. Wishy-Washy!

*It was so funny when the animals put on Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s clothes (in the book Wishy-Washy Clothes). They looked funny and it made me laugh so hard!

*Joy Cowley writes books for kids that kids like. She makes the characters solve problems in a funny way. Sometimes Mrs. Wishy-Washy gets tricked by the animals. I like that!

Of course, Katie also gives her own reviews from a teacher's perspective. To find out what she thought of the books (and to see more reviews from the kids), check out her page.



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The blog of second-grade teacher Anita GoodwinI Live 2 Learn, I Love 2 Grow is another place where our Mrs. Wishy-Washy books were reviewed and put to good use in the classroom. Anita had her class pair up with a kindergarten class to put on a "Reader's Theater" skit of Wishy-Washy Clothes, one of the books from our Joy Cowley Early Birds series that is intended to bring Mrs. Wishy-Washy and friends to a lower-reading-level audience.

They also used Mrs. Wishy-Washy finger puppets to make some rhythm videos! You can check out the videos and some images from the skit over on Anita's blog.



Secrets & Sharing Soda

This is a book blog dedicated to reviewing and commenting upon Screen Shot 2013 05 02 at 11.47.03 AMchildren's and teen fiction. It is written by DC-area children's librarian Katie Fitzgerald, and she was among the bloggers generous enough to write reviews on the two Mrs. Wishy-Washy books we sent out in advance of our contest.

Katie's reviews were very complete and outstandingly articulate. She did a great job of capturing the aim behind the Joy Cowley Collection and Joy Cowley Early Birds series, including the reading-level differences between the two. For great insight into these fun books, check out the link to her blog!




Think, Wonder, and Teach 

Screen Shot 2013 05 02 at 11.46.43 AMArizona teacher Misty Poland writes this blog, which focuses on teaching and parenting. Her reviews of our Mrs. Wishy-Washy books highlight the level of reading skill and reading readiness at which these books will best serve children.

She compares Mrs. Wishy-Washy to long-beloved children's literature characters Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Amelia Bedelia—an apt comparison, as children who are fans of these characters are sure to love the adventures of Mrs. Wishy Washy and her animal friends.




There were more than thirty other bloggers who also contributed reviews and raised awareness for our Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway, so there isn't space here to mention them all, but you can find links to more of their blogs on our Pinterest page! Keep your eyes open for our next contest—we post them on our website home page and our Facebook page! If you "like" us on Facebook, you'll receive to-the-minute information as these contests and giveaways are announced.


- Tara Rodriquez

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Topics: Joy Cowley Collection, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Joy Cowley, Joy Cowley Early Birds, The Joy Cowley Collection, Pinterest, Giveaway, Reviews

Pinterest Fun with Hameray Publishing

Posted by Bernard Yin on Feb 28, 2013 10:22:00 AM


We're always tickled pink when others share our love of making education fun!  Pinterest has brought more of you to our attention as you pin and re-pin your favorite characters and learning resources from our boards.  People from all over all sharing images of Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Letter Buddies, and many more. They are also sharing how they are using the books, the stories and the images to engage young readers.

We've been noticing some kindred spirits in education that we'd like to give a shout-out to! Today, we'd like to highlight Learning4Kids.net and their fabulous Pinterest activities! What a great resource and just one of many!

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Where do you re-pin?  Let us know your favorite Pinterest resources and join the fun here: Pinterest.com/hamerayWe welcome your comments and feel free to include a link to any Hameray content that you may have posted on any of your Pinterest boards! 

Click on the image below to see the Joy Cowley Collection Brochure:

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Topics: Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Joy Cowley, Pinterest

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