It's time for Book Talk Tuesday! This week is an extra special book that I am talking about for Mrs. Jump's Book Talk Tuesday. This book is extra special because I had the privilege of working with the author at my old school just outside Charlotte, NC!
I have seen her posts about her new book for a while and ordered it over the summer, thinking I would love to read it. So, when it came I was even more excited to see that she signed the inside cover! My kiddos were super excited to know that a real author wrote them a note! :) (Thanks Stephie!)
The book, The Garden in My Mind, does an excellent job creating a mental picture for students of what happens when you make good choices, instead of poor choices, at school. When reading this book, I imagined many of my previous students who would have benefited from this book and being able to SEE what impact of their choices. I used this book in the first few days of school and I am planning to use this next week as we start looking at setting personal and academic goals for the next quarter. Many of my students need a quick reminder about making good choices!
As a third grade teacher, I realize that so many of the back to school books and those about choices and behaviors, have been read multiple times by now. This was a brand new book to my kiddos and I know it impacted them. I think reading it again, now that we know each other better, will give me a chance to give students specific examples from our classroom. If you are looking for a good book to use on the first few days back to school, or throughout the year, this would be a great choice. Click HERE to go check the author's website out and grab a copy for your classroom!