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What's  new?

Carl's Corner Store: www.carlscorner.us.com/CornerStore.htm

Please note that all materials from Alphabet Avenue, Word Way, and Little Book Lane have been moved to this site!

Click on the links above or check the directory below for the link.

 

The German Readers page is back by request!
Spanish Readers coming soon!


 

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Welcome to Carl's Corner!

My name is Cherry Carl, and I retired in June, 2003, after 35 years as a teacher and Language Arts Specialist in Santee, California.  However, I continued my role as an instructor at the University of California, San Diego, in the Reading Specialist Certification Program until June, 2009.  

I wasn't ready to retire. Teaching is in my blood! (My mother always reminded me that when I was little, I dragged the neighborhood kids in to play school whether they wanted to or not!) I still have the strong desire to make a difference for teachers, parents, and students. I'm passionate about the joy of knowing how to read and write and want every child to have the experience of closing a book with a sigh, "Wow, that was a good book!" The only way they can do that is by having the necessary skills and strategies to become independent readers. Teachers and parents need to be aware of the all-important instructional tools and "promising practices."  This website has been created to provide resources and materials for classroom teachers, reading and resource specialists, speech therapists, parents and students in the area of language arts. Please feel free to download and print anything that catches your eye, but please make sure to leave my name on the poetry and worksheets!

If you have specific needs or suggestions, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm always open to new ideas and requests. That's how the site continues to grow. You can email me at carl1404@msn.com.
 

Thank you so much for your heartfelt messages and testimonials. You and your children are the reason that I maintain the site and I will continue to offer the materials with little or no fees/subscription costs.

My original site, Carl's Corner, became too large and used excessive bandwidth, which slows things down tremendously and seems to interfere with links. I have created three new websites in order to reduce the size of Carl's Corner. Everything is still available, but some materials have been moved. You can find the links to the new sites at the top of this page.

 

After much careful consideration and requests from teachers around the world, I decided to create CDs for sale. Teachers in many other countries are being charged a fee by their Internet providers every time they download, and so my free materials were too expensive for them! All of the proceeds from the CD sales go to college scholarships.
 

Thanks again for sharing your success stories with me!
 

Warm regards,

Cherry Carl

 

 

 

 

  

 

Website Directory

Still can't find it?
Do a search (above) or send me an email at

carl1404@msn.com and I'll try to help you.

All About Me CD
(Go to Corner Store)
AlphaToons CD Set
(Go to Corner Store)
Alphabet Avenue

Animals

Antonyms

Apples CD
(Go to Corner Store)

Assessment

Bears

Big Books
(Go to Corner Store)

Blends

Calendar
(Bears)
Camping
Centers Christmas Colors

Compound Wds

Comprehension

Contractions

Corner Store Cowboys CD
(Go to Corner Store)
Critters

Dear Mama

Digraphs

Dinosaurs

Diphthongs Dolch

Drama

Easter
(Go to Corner Store)
Fall Family and Friends Farm Fun CD
(Go to Corner Store)

Fluency

Food

Frogs Games

German Rdrs

HFW for First Grade

Holidays

Homophones

Houghton Mifflin First Grade

Jeopardy

Little Book Lane

Lucy Lane
(Poetry and Songs)

More W.O.W

Mother Goose Mother Goose Rdrs

Nature

Norwegian Rdrs

Numbers

Parent Place Patriotic Pride Penguins
(Go to Corner Store)
Phonemic Awareness Pizza Plus Plants CD
(Go to Corner Store)
Plurals

Poetry

Poetry Plus
Links
R Controlled or Bossy R

Reading Racers

Reading Research

Rhyming

School Days

Scott Foresman K
Scott Foresman
1st

Scott Foresman 2nd

Scott Foresman 3rd Seasons

Sight Words

SMART Board Activities

Sorts

Spelling

Stationery

Struggling Rdrs

Suffixes

Syllables

Synonyms

Teacher Tips Themes/Holidays Things to Do & See
Travel Trail Valentine's Day

Vocabulary

Vowels

Weather Watch

Winter

Wonders First Grade
(Mc-Graw Hill)

Wonders Second Grade
Word Way:
Wd Families
Word Study Links Words of the Week (W.O.W.) Word Wall
Write/Spell
Links
 
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*You'll notice as you peruse the pages that I'm a poet at heart, and so I dedicate this one to those of you who tend a "garden of life and learning."    

   

The Keepers

The keeper of the garden builds an everlasting environment that is filled with beauty and peace. In the middle of that garden is a haven . . . a birdhouse, a safe place for fledglings to grow and flourish before taking off on their own. The gardener provides nourishment to feed his feathered friends, to make them grow strong and healthy. He protects them from predators, watching from afar, not interfering with the balance of nature. They flutter and fly and sing their sweet songs from the safety of their home in the garden, and then, one day, they are gone. The keeper of the garden experiences a moment of sadness at the loss, but he knows that he has done well.

We are, you and I, the keepers of the garden of life and learning, protecting the sanctity and serenity of the "schoolhouse." We build an educational environment that is filled with opportunity and experience. We provide nourishment to feed our cherished children, to make their minds grow strong and healthy. We protect them from outside forces and influence, watching them from afar, letting them try out their wonderful wings of independence. They sing their sweet songs of newfound knowledge and then one day, they are gone. We, too, experience a moment of sadness at the loss, but we know that we have done well as keepers of the garden of life.

 

 

 

  

We have some very dear friends in Germany and we've spent quite a bit of time with them here in San Diego and in Europe. I followed the children to school . . . I couldn't help myself. Once a teacher, always a teacher! I walked with the girls to the bus stop, rode the bus to school and sat in on their classes on two separate days, jumped rope to American jingles and completed the same assignments they were given (or tried to). Even though I could only understand some of the language, I came to the realization that no matter where we are, children are children, delightfully so! Since then we've been back several times and I've been invited to teach in their English classes and design some materials for their program. Such fun! Thought I'd share this poem that I wrote after visiting the classrooms in 2004. While spending a week in Tuscany and another on the Danish coastline, I taught the girls American jump rope jingles. I was surprised to find later that they had shared them with their German school chums. I was talked into going outside for recess and being one of the rope turners!

Children Are Children


Children are children wherever you go.

They act the same from head to toe!
 

The boisterous boys with skinned-up knees,

Who love to laugh, to tickle and tease;

They twirl their fingers in their hair

And weave their daydreams in the air.

They play a game of tag and chase,

Or have a rowdy running race.

The patched-up jeans and baseball caps

Belong to boys and chummy chaps!

 

The giggly girls with bows in their hair,

Who skip and jump from here to there;

Dainty dresses and frilly frocks,

Shiny shoes and slippery socks;

Barrettes and braids and freckled faces,

The missing teeth with smiley spaces;

Bracelets, braces, shiny glasses . . .

We love them all, the girls and lasses!

 

Children are children wherever you go.

They act the same from head to toe!
 

(Written For Frau von Heyden and Frau Domnick)
Tuttendorf, Germany

April 21,
2004

 


 

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Credit should be given to Helena Normark from www.graphicgarden.com and www.art4crafts.com for generously licensing me to use her artwork for this website and for the CDs that are available for purchase. Ron Leishman, whose artwork is available at Toonaday.com and Toonclipart.com has also agreed to let me use his artwork for the purpose of creating materials for teachers and students. Without their permission I would not be able to continue to provide instructional activities for  you! Both artists have said that they believe in what I'm trying to do in order to provide quality resources for educators. I am extremely grateful to both of them!

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