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About Emily Oquendo
Emily was born and raised in upstate New York. She graduated from SUNY Oswego with a B.S. in Adolescence Education. She also holds a M.S. in Educational Administration from Scranton University. She currently lives in Florida with her husband and two daughters. Emily is an elementary school teacher who has always had a love for writing. Emily often finds herself jotting down rhymes that pertain to something going on in her personal or work life. Her goal is to write books that are both educational and fun to read.
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The first week of school in every classroom is spent teaching procedures, procedures, procedures.... Well, this year those procedures will look drastically different for everyone. This school year will surely be uncharted and ever-changing territory. Students, parents, and teachers will have nonstop questions.
A Unique Start From 6 Feet Apart was written to be the perfect classroom read aloud for the first day or week back at school during the COVID-19 crisis. This children's picture book addresses some of the changes that students will see around school during the 2020-2021 school year. This picture book has rhymes and includes illustrations to help discuss and show some of the unique changes in procedures. The book specifically addresses masks, hand washing, hand sanitizer, social distancing, gloves, and personal supplies.
At the end of the book you will find a website with additional resources and follow-up activities that can be completed by kids after reading the book. Check out BigGuavaBooks.com for classroom follow-up activities. Activities include modeling with clay, printable worksheets, anchor charts, a classroom bulletin board display, and much more!
Across the globe, we have seen hopeful signs that we are moving past the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, educators are excited to welcome students back onto campus this year. We can all admit that last year was strange.
This book is designed for teachers, school-based administrators, and support professionals to help initiate conversations with their students about last school year, as well as tell kids what they're are most excited about this year - seeing their student's beautiful SMILES!
It's Been A While Since We've Seen Your Smile was written to be the perfect classroom read aloud for the first few weeks of school to celebrate the biggest change for the 2021-2022 school year - optional masks!
This picture book has rhymes and includes illustrations that reminisce about last school year and how different it was, as well as illustrations to remind students that this is their chance to show off their amazing smiles.
The book mentions that some students may still choose to wear a mask and that's for their family to decide. It also notes that frequent hand washing and giving our friends their personal space will still be encouraged, when possible.
At the end of the book you will find a website listed with additional resources and classroom follow-up activities that can be completed by students after reading the book.