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Teacher Spotlight: Anita Goodwin's 2nd-Grade Class & Mrs. Wishy-Washy

We've mentioned second-grade teacher Anita Goodwin before in our highlights from the recent Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway. She writes a blog called I Live 2 Learn, I Love 2 Grow, which is about her experiences as a teacher. Click here for the reviews that she submitted for the giveaway, discussing the books Wishy-Washy Clothes and Mrs. Wishy-Washy and the Big Wash, from our series Joy Cowley Early Birds and the Joy Cowley Collection, respectively. Even after the giveaway was over, Anita's class couldn't get enough of Mrs. Wishy-Washy. Her students wrote their own Mrs. Wishy-Washy stories—creative and adorable interpretations of what the much-loved characters would do in novel situations such as visiting family, moving house, going on vacation, and greeting the "pizza man." Take a look at:

Mrs. Wishy Washy Gets a Chicken by Kaleigh W.

One day Mrs. Wishy-Washy went for a drive singing, “I always wake up late. Why do I always wake up late? When I I wake up late the animals get hungry and really dirty.”

So Mrs. Wishy-Washy went to her brother’s family. She said, “Can I please have a chicken?”

“Why yes,” he said.

“Oh, thank you, thank you. I will never wake up late again.” By the time she got home—Splash!—the animals got dirty. Even the chicken jumped in the mud.

“In the tub you go!" and she washed all the animals.

Mrs. Wishy Washy Goes on Vacation by Silas L.

One day Mrs. Wishy-Washy was going on vacation. She was going to New York City. When she got there she said, “This is not like Washington back on the farm.”

She said she had to explore New York and find her hotel. Five minutes later she found the hotel. Mrs. Wishy-Washy said, “Time to explore.”

But Mrs. Wishy-Washy remembered about the animals. She forgot to put her husband in charge of them, so she went back to the farm. and when she got there they were all muddy. So she put them in the tub, WISHY-WASHY.

Mrs. Wishy Washy Moves by Nate L.

One day Mrs. Wishy-Washy wanted to move, so she moved to the city with cow, pig and duck. Then they stopped because they were tired.

They got to the new house. Then they rested. After ten hours they woke up and went outside. They went to the park.

Then pig, cow and duck went in the mud. Then Mrs. Wishy washy cleaned them off. Then they went home and went to bed.

 

Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Day 
by Jesse C.

“Oh, lovely mud!” said the cow, and she jumped in it.

“Oh, lovely mud!” said the pig and he jumped in it.

“Oh, lovely mud!” said the duck and he jumped in it.

“MMMMMMMM,” said Mrs. Wishy Washy. She was doing yoga. KNOCK, KNOCK! “Who is there?” said Mrs. Wishy Washy. The pizza man. “Okay, come in I want my pizza,” said Mrs. Wishy Washy.

When she opened the door she saw something strange about the pizza man.

“What a long tail you have, pizza man,” said Mrs Wishy Washy.

“Yes, I’ve been growing it out.”

“What weird hooves you have,” said Mrs. Wishy Washy.

“Yeah, I’m getting my pedicure soon, don’t worry.”

“What weird brown spots you have,” said Mrs. Wishy Washy.

“Um...well you know.”

“Wait, you’re not the pizza man. You’re the cow and you’re dirty,” said Mrs. Wishy Washy. So Mrs. Wishy Washy went outside and cleaned all the animals. Wishy-Washy. Wishy-Washy.

“All done,” said Mrs. Wishy Washy.

“Oh, lovely mud!” said the pig and jumped in it.

“Not again,” said Mrs. Wishy Washy.

 

In addition to coming up with great creative projects for her kids, including paper bag puppets and holiday crafts, Anita also posts technology-related subjects such as app reviews, her favorite free fonts, and ways to incorporate new technology into the classroom for fun and research. If you haven't stumble across her blog yet, it's worth clicking here and browsing around in the keyword archives.

Anita is also the author of one of the books in the new Set C of our Kaleidoscope Collection. The book is called I Want to Be a Scuba Diver, and it gives a kid's-eye view on the process for becoming a scuba diver and how it feels to be the youngest in a family, unable to do the things that the older family members can do.


Anita's second-grade classroom also has its own class webpage, so if you are interested in the world of our featured young authors, you can click here to get more information.

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 If you are a teacher interested in being featured in the Teacher Spotlight in upcoming weeks, you can drop an email to tara@hameraypublishing.com (subject line: Teacher Spotlight) with links to your blog, class webpages, or images and a summary of your exciting class projects or interesting teaching strategies.

To find out more information about the Mrs. Wishy-Washy books that inspired the class in today's post, you can view the key features of the Joy Cowley Collection below and click here to visit our website!

- Tara Rodriquez