My Very First Post

If you don’t already know Sam Bommarito, here’s a chance to get acquainted. He has quite a story to tell and what he has to say is important. I’ll follow his blog and recommend him to you.


Seeking Ways to Grow Proficient, Motivated, Lifelong Readers & Writers

My very first post.

Where to begin. Let’s start by telling you a bit about myself. My LinkedIn summary says this:

During his 44 year career in education Dr. Bommarito taught every grade K through graduate school. The majority of his teaching time was in Title 1 buildings both as a reading specialist and staff developer. Dr Bommarito took part in a 4-year program where the Jennings school district trained its teachers in Reading and Writing Workshop. Trainers were cadre and former cadre of Teachers College, and included Isoke Nia and Katie Wood Ray. Dr. Bommarito retired from full time teaching in 2015 but continues to be active in the literacy world. He is Co-Editor of the Missouri Reader, serves on various International Literacy Association boards/committees, does volunteer work in literacy and continues to do presentations and write articles about…

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Another day in the life of

Hi everyone,

Today I hope to finish the revisions on chapter twenty-four on the desert story. Twelve more to go. I’m about on schedule for completing two per day. I’m changing the narrative from third person to first person and liking it better this way. Along the way I’m nipping here, tucking there and discovering a few problems that have somehow managed to hide in plain sight all this time.

Yesterday Publishers Weekly posted a very good review of CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS. I’m getting eager to see that one released but must wait until March 20 for the official date.

This is the week. Let’s do it!

Hi everyone,

Ready to face the new week? The weekend seemed quicker than usual but I say bring it on. I got a tiny start on taxes, the signing went well, and I’m ready for a good week without many interruptions.

My thanks to Renee Hunt and the crew at Barnes & Noble for hosting me Saturday. And thanks to friends and family who stopped by my table to brighten my day. It was a beautiful day so foot traffic in the store was a little off but we still sold books and talked to lots of people. Several kids came by from schools I’ve visited recently — Grace Classical Academy, Field Elementary, Harrison Elementary, and Portland Elementary — so I appreciated their kindness.

Thanks to Portland teacher Laura Naegele for not only coming by but bringing sample worksheets from her students. When I was in their class I talked to them about the use of synonyms and antonyms so their work showed me how they applied what I discussed. Now that’s fun!

On their way

Hi everyone,

The other day I was headed on an errand and passed a migrating flock of starlings resting on a neighborhood yard. I stopped my car, lowered my window, and took a picture just as the birds took to the air. Their wild spirit was one of those delightful miracles to behold. I hope you enjoy this.