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INSIDE -- OUTSIDE                    CAT and BIRD
​With a Companion book for strengthening reading skills
This beginning reader book set is for reading to & reading with children in Kindergarten and 1st Grade. It is the story of what really happened when two jays met my cat.  The boundaries between inside and outside were very important. The Children's book accompanies the Beginning reader that has simpler words.  Read them together. When the pictures match in both books, your child can find their words in both books. The pictures provide the opportunity to talk more about the story and encourage better comprehension.

​​Also Available at: 
Cal-Neva Handmade in Meadowood Mall,     Reno, NV
Parent Teacher Aids in Smithridge Center,     Reno, NV  
Nevada Marketplace in Reno Town Mall,    Reno, NV
Math Buddy Games
A Baby Robin's Days
With a Companion book for strengthening reading skills

An informational book set written for Kindergarten & 1st grade beginning readers A robin family nested in a tree in my backyard. This first book tells their story with simple, easy to read words. The sentences written for the photographs in this 18 page 1st Grade Early Reader companion book are also found within the story written in the Children's Book. Word identification skills are strengthened as your beginning reader is able to find the same sentences in both books. The pictures provide the opportunity to talk more about the story and encourage better comprehension. 

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Cal-Neva Handmade in Meadowood Mall,     Reno, NV
Parent Teacher Aids in Smithridge Center,      Reno, NV  
Nevada Marketplace in Reno Town Mall, 
    Reno, NV
A Baby Robin - Chapter Book
 With a Companion book
 to read & write

The second book set of the robin family that nested in a tree in my backyard has additional pictures and a more complete story that is both entertaining and educational. The content and informational text is constructed for 2nd and 3rd grade readers. The companion book adds more detail to the Chapter Book and leaves some of the pictures with lined spaces so the student can write their own words and ideas for their own story. Writing takes lots of practice so the pictures are in black and white to make it cheaper and easier for you to duplicate. Great for reading to & reading with your developing reader/writer.

​Also Available at: 
Cal-Neva Handmade in Meadowood Mall,     Reno, NV
Parent Teacher Aids in Smithridge Center,     Reno, NV
Nevada Marketplace in Reno Town Mall,        Reno, NV

Using dice with fractions that have a common denominator, this addition/subtraction game with proportional rectangles provides the hands-on experience that lets fractions make sense.  Equations on paper are a breeze once you understand what the numbers mean.  The game is the most fun when played with two or three people.

​Also Available at: 
Cal-Neva Handmade in Meadowood Mall, Reno, NV

Parent Teacher Aids in Smithridge Center, Reno, NV  

Nevada Marketplace in Reno Town Mall, Reno, NV

  READING BUDDY BOOKS 
  Read Together & Learn Together
The third book of the robin family that nested in my backyard contains more pictures and provides an even more complete story while incorporating the National Science Education Standards. This informational text is intended for Upper Elementary readers. Great for reading to & reading with a child to broaden their knowledge and help with comprehension.

The unique companion book contains drawings to color that are based on the Chapter Book pictures. Every drawing page has lines so the student can write their own story about the robin family.  These pages are three hole punched to encourage the student to select and reorder the pictures so they can create a story that is uniquely theirs.  Feel free to copy the drawing pages and join your child by writing your own version.  Modeling and sharing your stories together is a wonderful way to learn!

​​Also Available at: 
Cal-Neva Handmade in Meadowood Mall, Reno, NV

Parent Teacher Aids in Smithridge Center, Reno, NV 

Nevada Marketplace in Reno Town Mall, Reno, NV
Using a single strand abacus, LEARN WITH 10's is a fun hands-on way to learn how to add and subtract just by playing the game.  A mini deck of cards is included along with five (5) play-money dimes.  The dimes are used as the place holder for 10, and are exchanged with the beads to form numbers to 59. This game is designed for 1st and 2nd grade students, but with proper supervision is also wonderful for kindergarten!   

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Cal-Neva Handmade in Meadowood Mall,     Reno, NV
Parent Teacher Aids in Smithridge Center,     Reno, NV  
Nevada Marketplace in Reno Town Mall, 
    Reno, NV

Responding to popular demand, this version contains 2 single strand abacuses. The parent/instructor supplies their own dimes and a deck of cards.

Using a single strand abacus, LEARN WITH 10's is a fun hands-on way to learn how to add and subtract just by playing the game. Dimes are used to act as the place holder, and are exchanged with the beads to make numbers to 99.  This game is designed for 1st and 2nd grade students, but with proper supervision is also wonderful for kindergarten!  

Also Available at: 
Cal-Neva Handmade in Meadowood Mall, Reno, NV

Parent Teacher Aids in Smithridge Center, Reno, NV  

Nevada Marketplace in Reno Town Mall, Reno, NV
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With a Companion book for strengthening reading skills​

And for those parents 
who want to help their preschoolers
 with skills
 they will need for school:

Beginning Letter-Sounds    M , R, S, B
Made for pre-readers, starting around 4 to 5 years old
who are beginning to recognize the first sounds in words.

M, R, S and B are four of the easiest speech sounds for pre-readers to hear the difference between. These four sounds are also made differently with the lips and tongue.  If your pre-reader has difficulty hearing the difference between the sounds, if you show them how to touch their lips with their fingers, they will be able to feel the difference in the way their lips move with each sound.

The children's book names and shows pictures of familiar objects.  The pictures are grouped by their beginning letter- sounds of M, R, S and B.

The companion book relies on a more mature reader to help the pre-reader recognize and identify M, R, S, and B objects in pictures of everyday life.

Extending this activity to find M, R, S, and B words in your own everyday life situations helps children learn more about words and the letters that make the sounds.  It is a pre-reading boost and once you know how to do it, it's fun and easy to do!
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VIDEO  
How to Play the Fraction Game 
After you have demonstrated what a fraction is 
and how they are named.

VIDEO  
One Common Student Mistake with Fractions
And how you can use the moment to reteach and correct.
This picture book set is for reading to & reading with beginning readers in 1st Grade

Following the journey of a steam train that runs between Carson City and Virginia City, Nevada, the pictures and descriptions blend the excitement of riding on the train with the history of the gold rush era. The Children's book accompanies the Beginning reader that has simpler words. Read them together. When the pictures match in both books, your child can find their words in both books.

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​Cal-Neva Handmade in Meadowood Mall, Reno, NV

Parent Teacher Aids in Smithridge Center, Reno, NV  

Nevada Marketplace in Reno Town Mall, Reno, NV

Nevada State Railroad Museum   Carson City, NV

V & T Gift Shop   Virginia City, NV

Flag Store   155 Glendale Ave  Sparks, NV
The Baby Robin's Story - Chapter Book 
     With a Companion book
  for writing

Kindergarten/1st Grade 
Daddy Dove
With a Companion book for strengthening reading skills​
Mommy Dove - Chapter Book
 With a Companion book
 to read & write
Mourning Doves in my Yard - Chapter Book
          ​With a Companion book                             for writing
An informational book set written for Kindergarten & 1st grade beginning readers Doves are found in all 50 states, and this first book set looks at the Daddy dove, and how he helps to raise his family.  His story is told in simple, easy to read language with lots of sight words. The companion book is written at a higher reading level and contains more specific information about the doves. When the pictures between the two books match, the  sentence from the easy reader is also contained on the matching companion book page. Word identification skills are strengthened as your beginning reader is able to find the same sentences in both books and extend their reading with more challenging words with your help. The pictures extend the opportunity to talk more about the story and encourage better comprehension. 

Also Available at: 
Cal-Neva Handmade in Meadowood Mall,     Reno, NV
Parent Teacher Aids in Smithridge Center,     Reno, NV  
Nevada Marketplace in Reno Town Mall,        Reno, NV
The second book set of the Mourning Dove family has additional pictures and a more complete narrative, this time focusing on the Mommy dove and her responsibilities in raising a family. The chapter book is filled with content and informational text constructed to interest the 2nd and 3rd grade reader. National Science Education Standards, including interactions between humans and the dove family are addressed in an informative and exciting story. The companion book adds additional details to the Chapter Book and leaves some of the pictures with lined spaces so the student can write their own words and ideas for their own story. Writing takes lots of practice so the pictures are in black and white to make it cheaper and easier for you to duplicate. Great for reading to & reading with your developing reader/writer.  

​​Also Available at: 
Cal-Neva Handmade in Meadowood Mall,     Reno, NV
Parent Teacher Aids in Smithridge Center,     Reno, NV  
Nevada Marketplace in Reno Town Mall,     Reno, NV
The third book on Mourning Doves contains more pictures and extends the exciting story of the doves that nested in my front yard.  It also includes a chapter with general information on doves as it continues to incorporate National Science Education Standards. This informational text is more technical and is aimed at Upper Elementary readers/writers. The chapter book is designed for reading to & reading with a child to broaden their knowledge and help with comprehension.

The unique companion book contains drawings to color that are based on the Chapter Book pictures. Every drawing page has lines so the student can write their own story about the dove family.  These pages are three hole punched to encourage the student to select and reorder the pictures so they can create a story that is uniquely theirs.  Feel free to copy the drawing pages and join your child by writing your own version.  Modeling and sharing your stories together is a wonderful way to learn!

​Also Available at: 
Cal-Neva Handmade in Meadowood Mall, Reno, NV

Parent Teacher Aids in Smithridge Center, Reno, NV  
Nevada Marketplace in Reno Town Mall, Reno, NV
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