Review: Classroom Management

Classroom Management: Michael Linsin l LadyD Books

Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: JME Publishing (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615993265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615993263

About The Book

Teaching 400-600 students every week presents the ultimate classroom management challenge, one that if you’re unprepared for can bury you in a mountain of stress and misbehavior.
Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers is a proven solution that will transform even the most difficult group of students into the peaceful, well-behaved class you really want.
It provides the tools, tips, and strategies you need to simply and effectively manage any classroom, no matter how unruly or out of control, so you can focus on teaching, inspiring, and making an impact that lasts a lifetime.

The Friday #56

"Remember, you never want to move on until you're getting exactly what you want from your students. Whenever you forget this key principle, it comes back to haunt you." -- Michael Linsin

My Review 

I love the book and highly recommend it to all music teachers. I see it like a blueprint for successful management of people and time. The author provides simple, clearly understood tips and strategies for any possible out of control scenario. I especially like the organized content of the chapter titles of the book. For example:

Leverage & Influence
Routines & Procedures
Listening & Following Directions
Rules & Consequences
Bad Days & Tough Classes

Overall, what I found extremely useful to apply is the ability to remain calm and not to respond no matter what happens! My favorite line in the book, "You must be real and sincere and willing to be a teacher whose words and gestures will be remembered for a lifetime."

5/5 stars. Highly recommend to all Art, Music, and PE Teachers.

Author Michael Linsin


Michael Linsin is the author of Dream Class, The Classroom Management Secret, and Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers. His simple and unique ideas about managing student behavior are read by thousands of teachers every day on his popular blog, Smart Classroom Management. He lives and teaches in San Diego.

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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Truthy Ruthy: My Secret Language

Truthy Ruthy Series: My Secret Language

Awhile back, I had posted my review from the Truthy Ruthy SeriesChristmas Surprise. There's so many books in the series. The next one I went on to finish reading to the grandchildren is the one pictured above.

About The Book


This funny children's book is about Truthy Ruthy, 
a cute and charming girl who doesn't want to stop crying 
over little things, until one day she reveals to her parents a huge secret: 
A child's cry over little things, is a secret language! 

What happens next will make you burst out laughing 
and above all, help your child to express their emotions and feelings 
in a very unique way. 


Read this story and see how having a humorous attitude 
can help your child to stop crying over little things. 
Learn how respect and humor can help you to deal 
with a crying child. 

Illustration from Truthy Ruthy: My Secret Language
Ruthy is a cute girl; happy and cheerful. She loves to eat, play, laugh and... cry!

The Friday 56

"Just before we part (again), would you like to practice the secret language, too?"

My Review

The main character is always crying! Meet Ruthy who has a hard time remembering happy times and expresses what she wants through her tears. She's always in charge and often seems to get her own way. Everyone who hears the crying aloud and at high volume wants her to stop! The little girl is taken back by her family's reaction and begins to explain her actions. Ruthy shows her parents that her tears are a form of communication, called 'the secret language of tears.' Everyone tries to understand Ruthy's feelings and copies Ruthy's behavior. Soon all are expressing 'happy tears.' The author shares ideas on helping the children to stop crying and how to experience different types of crying tones and expressions. Although it's a cute story, I found the author's approach to deeper lessons on self-respect to be a bit confusing. Sounds like a free-school approach here and I'm not sure I agree with the perspective of crying all the time in expressing wants vs. needs and especially hearing about a young child re-training their parents to think like them. In my opinion, there's disappointing story content here.

3/5 stars.

About The Author

Sari Barel is the author of children's books and co-author of the books and method called - think like a zebra® - which helped people to think outside the box, to develop creative thinking and innovation, both in business and everyday life. The first book in the series has been translated into many languages including; Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and Hebrew. 20 years as an innovator, leading brainstorming sessions for managers and employees in a variety of businesses, training people for success and leadership and to look for ideas outside the box.

Sari Barel is a graduate of the ISEME, an extension of the University of Swinburne, Australia, where she earned the degree of Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI). In addition, she has completed graduate studies in education, advertising, copywriting and screenwriting. She has extensive experience in each of those fields.

Her training and work experience also includes public relations, internet and video marketing, mediation, acting as a life coach, coaching theatrical and comedy performers, and visual arts.

Sari is known internationally as a consultant to a wide variety of businesses with regard to marketing, creative thinking and innovation.

The variety of Sari's background is directed to her stated goal, which is to help as many people as possible--adults and children-- to escape restrictive thinking patterns and realize their full potential, not only in their life's work, but in their entire life experience. That goal has inspired her recent writing, a series of books for parents, to help them help their children think outside the box.

Missed everyone last week. We have old overhead power lines and we were having a bit of a struggle with our internet connection. All seems to be working properly at the moment. The world seems a bit crazy at this time, so we're keeping France in our prayers. Wishing you and your family happiness around the table this year!

 Happy Reading and Happy Thanksgiving!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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Review: Two for Joy

Two for Joy: Gigi Amateau l LadyD Books

Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (June 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763630101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763630102

 About This Book

When an adored—and very independent—aunt suffers a fall and comes to live with them, Jenna and her mom discover what makes a family bond unbreakable.

Eight-year-old Jenna is dreaming of playing Olympic soccer when the phone call wakes her. Great-Great Aunt Tannie has broken her ankle, and Jenna’s worried mom decides Tannie should move in with them. Tannie is no delicate old lady—she does heavy chores on her Virginia farm, drives a huge pickup, and even rides her own motorcycle. Plus she’s full of joie de vivre, given to kicking a soccer ball and teaching Jenna all about the birds she’s collected on her life list. Jenna’s excited to have her favorite aunt and cat, Butt, come to stay, but with so many changes to get used to, tempers around the house soon start to flare. Maybe with all the caring and being taken care of, they’ve forgotten what Tannie is still so good at—and neglected to have any fun. In a familiar story told through a child’s eyes, Gigi Amateau reminds us that everyone needs help sometimes, especially those who least expect it.

The Friday #56

"Butt! Butt! Baby-Butt!" I called under the sofa. Then I made a kissing sound; I walked all through the house; Butt did not come out."

My Thoughts

This is a nice book for young girls to discover the joy and insights in caring for the elderly, especially when the family member lives in your home. At first, Aunt Tannie doesn't want to leave her large beautiful ranch but the young girl Jenna, and her mom lovingly persuade their great aunt to live with them. Facing a painful broken ankle injury, Aunt Tannie realizes and patiently surrenders to the idea of family support.  Woven throughout the story are difficult issues of emotions for everyone to face, like asking for help and yielding to one another's needs when you don't feel like it or just too busy. Children of multigenerational families will relate to Jenna's attraction to Aunt Tannie's cat, and together their love of soccer and bird watching. Throughout the short easy to read book, you'll find many pencil sketched illustrations to enhance the story. Overall, it's a good book for grades 2-5.

4/5 stars.

About The Author

Gigi Amateau's first book for young adults, Claiming Georgia Tate, was published by Candlewick Press in 2005. That title was selected as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and hailed by author Judy Blume: "It's rare and exciting to discover a talented new writer like Gigi Amateau." The Wall Street Journal called the book "an ambitious push into the young adult market."

She is also the author of A Certain Strain of Peculiar, a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, and Chancey of the Maury River, A William Allen White Masters list title for grades 3-5. Come August, Come Freedom, her first work of historical fiction, was named a 2013 Jefferson Cup Honor title and chosen by Bank Street College as a Best Children's Book of the Year. In 2012, Gigi received a Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts from Richmond magazine.

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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Faithgirlz Bible: Review

Faithgirlz Bible: Review l LadyD Books

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Series: Faithgirlz
  • Hardcover: 1504 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310751179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310751175

Book Description

Bestselling Faithgirlz Bible now available in the New King James version!
Every girl wants to know she’s totally unique and special. This Bible says that with Faithgirlz sparkle. Through the many in-text features found only in the Faithgirlz Bible, girls will grow closer to God as they discover the journey of a lifetime.
Features include: * Book introductions—Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book * Dream Girl—Use your imagination to put yourself in the story * Bring It On!—Take quizzes to really get to know yourself * Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?—See for yourself what you have in common * Words to Live By—Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing * What Happens Next?—Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words * Oh, I Get It!—Find answers to Bible questions you've wondered about The complete New King James Version (NKJV) translation Features written by bestselling author Nancy Rue.

Book Review

Love the colorful cover art and the overall layout of the book is excellent. Each chapter page (Book Introductions) of the Bible is very bright and  colorful (just what girls like) and well detailed with subjects like:

Who wrote it
When it was written
where it takes place
Cool characters you'll meet
Bad guys to watch for
The point
How it connects

The wording is easy to understand for ages 8-12 and there's a special section called "Bring it on!" that breaks down difficult concepts for young girls to examine. The multiple choice questions really get them thinking. The Dream Girl section fosters the imagination to picture the culture of Bible times. What I especially like here is the fun approach the author has created for reading the Bible. It's engaging, kid's are learning and discussing their take on it with one another. I love the new King James version, faithgirlz Bible! It's very attractive to discover the treasures within!

5/5 stars! Highly recommend!  

I received this book from BookLookBlogger in exchange for my honest review.

About The Author

Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

Great gift for young ladies!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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