Book Study! Want to Join?!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

How many of y'all are snowed in today??  I keep seeing crazy snowfalls and iced roads on the news and I have to admit that I'm grateful we're only battling temps below 50.  Praying for all  y'all affected by this nasty weather!!!

Now how many of you guys enjoy a good read?  I mean, like we have any time to read anything, right?!  I've always felt that way.  I typically like to reserve my reading for the summer and then I read in bulk.  You know, 15 books in a 20 day time span ;)  With all the demands and obligations during the school year, I find it so hard to carve out the time to just sit down and read for me!
But I do love a good "educational" read.  #teachernerd  I love to learn.  I love to absorb research based practices.  I love to find new and better ways to reach the hearts (and minds) of my kids.  I'm always trying to get better (which seems like an impossible task sometimes!!!)   As cheesy as it sounds, that sort of thing is my cup of tea.

After visiting RCA, we were so inspired by what we saw that we wanted to take our learning a step further, so we picked up the book Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites (by Marcia L. Tate).  We've heard so many amazing things about the author and we thought this would be a perfect little something to extend our learning and inspire us to find new and exciting ways to engage our kids in hands-on, meaningful learning.  The more we got to thinking about it, the more we thought that maybe y'all would like to join along, too?!  

So we decided to start a little book study and we hope you'll join us!!!  

You don't have to "read in bulk"...we've paced out the study so that it's kind to those of us with crazy schedules!!!  (Ahem...EVERYONE ;)  Here's what we have planned....

linky parties will take place on these different blogs each time. Here is the order so you can plan accordingly :)

Kickin it in Kindergarten- Chapters 1 &2 (February 28th)
Mrs. Wills Kindergarten- Chapter 3 (March 7th)
Queen of the First Grade Jungle Chapter 4 (March 10th)
Fabulous in First  Chapter 5 (March 14th)
One Extra Degree Chapter 6 (March 17th)
Mrs. Jump’s Class Chapter 7 (March 28th)
The First Grade Parade  Chapter 8 (March 31st)

In April, you will be visiting these girls for the remainder of the study:

Mrs. Ehle’s Kindergarten Chapter 9 &10 (April 4th)
What The Teacher Wants Chapter 11 (April 7th)
First Grader At Last Chapter 12 (April 11th)
Erica’s Ed Ventures  Chapter 13 (April 14th)
KinderGals Chapter 14 &15 (April 18th)
A Rocky Top Teacher Chapter 16 (April 21st)
Mrs. Wills Kindergarten Chapter 17 (April 25th)
Little Warriors Chapter 18 (April 28th)
Falling Into First Chapter 19 (May 2nd)
Kickin’ it in Kindergarten Chapter 20 (May 5th)

"You can join in for whatever part you like! If you are not a blogger, that is OK! We will want you to join in on the fun. You can participate in the conversation in the comments. We want this to be a positive collaboration between teachers! The whole point is to encourage each other with inspiring ideas while still using research based best practice."

Hope to see you on the 28th!!!


  1. I love this book! I have had the privilege of hearing marcia Tate talk on several occasions. She is awesome! Count me in!!!!!!


  2. I love this book! I have had the privilege of hearing marcia Tate talk on several occasions. She is awesome! Count me in!!!!!!


  3. This is a good book! I guess I can read it again. It'll be great to discuss. Thanks! =)

  4. Cara,
    I think it's great to do a book study at this time of year! I am going to order it on Amazon tonight!! Hopefully, I'll link up! Melissa

  5. I'm in! I had the privilege of hearing her once, but have never read the book. I'm excited! Thanks for the invite.

  6. I've never heard of this book! Looks like an interesting read. I am always adding too much to my plate (twin 3 year olds, husband, teaching, grad. school, new blog, new TPT store…LOL), but I would LOVE to read this book! I'll do my best to keep up. Thanks for letting me know about it! And, I plan to see you in Vegas this summer!

  7. I'm in!
    I'm excited to see so many bloggers sharing, thank you!! Jen

  8. Count me in!! This sounds great!!

  9. I've had this book for a while but never got around to reading it! I'm so excited to join in with you all on this book study!

  10. I just bought the book and I'm 100 percent IN!!!!

    Thanks for the motivation!
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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  12. I just bought the book and can't wait to start! This is just what I needed to get back started blogging. I can't wait to see how I learn and grow as an educator.

    Elizabeth L.
    The First Grade Jungle Room

  13. How appropriate. Marcia Tate will be speaking to our faculty in 2 weeks. We will all be getting her book. Looking forward to the book study. Amy

  14. What grades do you think would benefit from the book study?