Me… Jane, The Picture Book Biography of Dr. Jane Goodall

What inspired Dr. Jane Goodall to become a primatologist? In children’s book Me… Jane, award-winning picture book author Patrick McDonnell introduces us to young Jane and her trusty childhood companion, a chimpanzee named Jubilee.

Me... Jane, a picture book biography of Dr. Jane Goodall, teaches kids what passion, persistence, and a little dreaming can really do. Quick children's book review.


The Story

Jane takes Jubilee everywhere she goes. Their many outdoor adventures together help Jane feel very much a part of nature. Fascinated by books that teach her all about animals, Jane dreams of someday living in Africa and helping animals, much like the girl (also named Jane) in the book Tarzan of the Apes.


What I Love About This Children’s Book

It’s not unusual for young children to love animals. What we learn about Dr. Jane Goodall is that her passion for animals not only started at a young age, she never let it go. We also learn of the profound impact a single book can have on a child’s life.


At the end of this lovely children’s biography, Me… Jane, we learn more about Jane Goodall, especially the great work she does for people, animals and the environment. In her own words she encourages us all:


We cannot live through a single day without making an impact on the world – and we have a choice as to what sort of difference we make.


Of course, you already know from my previous review of Guardians of Being that I adore the illustrations of Patrick McDonnell. Really, what’s not to love?


Me… Jane is recommended for ages 4-7, but I recommend it for everyone.


There are so many people who have dreamed seemingly unattainable dreams and, because they never gave up, achieved their goals against all the odds, or blazed a path along which others could follow… They inspire me. They inspire those around them.

– Jane Goodall


For more picture books with inspirational themes check out these Children’s Book Finds.


Printable Seek and Find and Color Me Easter Eggs for Kids

This Easter themed printable activity for kids helps build visual discrimination, visual figure ground, and other important learning skills. Seek, find and color. Just one of many learning powered printables for spring.In today’s Easter themed printable fun page, Seek and Find and Color Me Easter Eggs, students search for patterned Easter eggs on this busy page, then color each egg its assigned color.


The kids won’t know what you’re REALLY up to, helping them build visual discrimination skills, and visual figure ground skills, and even fine motor and attention skills. YOU, dear reader, will know this sugar free holiday treat is subtly strengthening their learning ability all while the kids engage in fun, quiet playtime.


Tip: If you want students to practice focusing on the details, try colored pencils or thin markers for this activity. And if you don’t mind the mess, feel free to go crazy with glue and glitter!


If you like Seek and Find and Color Me Easter Eggs, I have some more fun printables you might like to try.


More Easter and Spring Themed Printables


Finish the Symmetrical Drawing: Easter Egg Patterns Finish the Symmetrical Drawing: Easter Egg Patterns





Patterned EggsPrintable Patterned Eggs (for art, memory, and more)






Printable Paper Scene: Hello SpringPrintable Paper Scene "Hello Spring"




Color Me Bookmarks - Bugs!Color Me Bookmarks: Bugs





More Seek and Find and Color Me Printables


Seek and Find and Color Me HeartsValentine's Day Seek and Find and Color-Me Hearts







Seek and Find and Color Me StarsSeek and Find and Color Me Stars







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Fun Activities to Teach and Reinforce the Months of the Year

You may have already learned why some students struggle to learn the months of the year. I talked about it when I offered a free mini activity book for kids to help reinforce the concepts of January.


You haven’t seen it yet? Head on over to My Little Fun Book of January. You’ll learn why continuing to reinforce facts about the months of the year is so important in both lower and upper elementary.


A growing bundle of mini activity books for kids helps reinforce knowledge of the months of the year.

If you and the kids enjoyed My Little Fun Book of January, I thought you might like to have all of the mini-books, January through December. They are useful for:

classroom centers

 morning calendar work

early finishers

fun homework

homeschool assignments

educational therapy settings

even summer road trips


The thing is, they aren’t all completed just yet. That’s actually good news for you!


Have you heard of the growing bundle? It’s an opportunity to own a large bundle of (printable, learning ability boosting) activities before all of the activities have been added. Not only do you save a percentage off of the entire bundle, but if you scoop it up early you receive all future files in that bundle for free. And we sure like “free” around here, don’t we?



The months of the year growing bundle is available today. Each time a new mini-book is added the bundle price will increase. The final price of this money-saving bundle will be $19.20. That’s 20% savings off the individual listings. Purchase at today’s price and save even more.



What’s today’s price? This is a moving target, so visit the Months of the Year Growing Bundle to find out just how much you’ll save. If you notice a gigantic savings, that’s no mistake. I realize that many of us are approaching the end of the school year and aren’t thinking much about calendar work. This is my way of incentivizing you early planners for next year, or you road-trippers, or you year-round homeschoolers.



Whatever the case, I hope you enjoy reinforcing months of the year concepts with fun, easy to use mini-books. Find My Little Fun Books of January through December here.


Intervention Strategies for Struggling Students – Take a Test Drive

As you probably know, learning-powered printable activities for kids show up fairly often around here at Inner Pieces Gallery. Today I offer you a bonus freebie, only this time you’ll find it in my store over at Teachers Pay Teachers.



Are you ever at a loss when helping your struggling students? Wonder which intervention strategies work for which challenges? Try the Intervention Sampler, free.  Build visual tracking, visual memory, visual closure, visual figure ground, visual discrimination, and spatial awareness.  Learn when and why to target each skill.Of course, you don’t have to be a teacher to join the TPT membership site (if you haven’t already). You just need a name and a valid email address. A desire to help children learn as efficiently as possible, well, that’s certainly something I admire about you but it’s not actually required.



Here’s why I think signing up is worth your (much appreciated) effort.



As a parent or educator, are you ever at a loss when it comes to helping your struggling learners? You’ll now find in my store a free sampler of six different learning ability boosters. While each printable activity targets one specific learning skill, all six have the side benefit of strengthening multiple skills at the same time.



If you’re also a subscriber here at Inner Pieces Gallery you’ve seen a few of these samples before. However, this sampler also includes a brief description of each targeted skill, what it is, signs of struggle to watch out for, and various tools to help boost each foundation skill.



When you learn as much as you can about the reasons why some students have gaps in their learning, you are better equipped to help them overcome their challenges and potentially avoid years of unnecessary struggle. Here’s a good place to start:



Activities from the Intervention Sampler You Can Take for a Free Test Drive


  Grid Maze

Targeted learning skill: Visual Tracking


  Memory Matching Game – Digraphs

Targeted learning skill: Visual Memory


  Finish the Monster Drawing

Targeted learning skill: Visual Closure


  Dot Grid Pattern Play

Targeted learning skill: Visual Figure Ground


  Word Play

Targeted learning skill: Visual Discrimination


  Visual Spatial Puzzle Play

Targeted learning skill: Spatial Awareness



While the information in this free sampler may not magically transform you into an educational therapist or expert learning specialist, it might just offer some clues to the challenge of helping your child learn with ease and confidence.



If you know someone else who may benefit from this information, thank you in advance for sharing the Intervention Sampler link.


Lost and Found Will Find a Place in Your Heart

Children's picture book Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.  A charming tale of friendship between a boy and a penguin.

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers is a charming tale of unexpected friendship. What we think is lost in the beginning turns out to be something entirely different in the end.


The Story

A kind little boy decides to help a penguin who is lost. At least, that’s what the boy believes. Of course, penguins don’t say much, so the boy assumes this lost penguin needs help finding its way home.


Adventure ensues. A friendship is born. When the two finally reach their destination and say goodbye, the boy realizes an important truth. The penguin wasn’t lost. It was simply in need of a friend. As the title suggests, the story ends with a heartwarming reunion. A true friendship is found.


What I Love About This Children’s Book

Lost and Found touches on kindness, courage, friendship, loneliness and empathy all in a sweet engaging tale about a boy and a penguin. And with an artist like Oliver Jeffers, who also authored and illustrated the beloved bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit, we can expect nothing less than a visual treat on every page.


Recommended for ages 3 and up.


If you like Lost and Found, you might also like this growing list of Inspiring Children’s Book Finds for young and old alike.


Crack the Secret Word List Code for Kids

Ready for a little word play? Today’s subscriber freebie is a sample of a larger product called Word Play, An Art-for-Brains Activity. Kids love crack the code activities, and this one packs a powerful skill-building punch as it strengthens visual discrimination skills and so much more.


Crack the Secret Word List Code. Kids love crack the code activities, and this free printable sample packs a visual discrimination skill-building punch.

How it Works

  • This Word Play activity includes four grids.
  • Each 4 x 4 grid contains patterned letters.
  • Some of the patterns match, some do not.
  • Students cross out any letters in the grid with matching patterns.
  • The letters that remain spell a word.
  • Students write the word below each grid.
  • Finally, what do the 4 words have in common?


Spoiler alert: The answer to this sample word list code is that all the words are positive action words. (The answer “verbs” works just as well.)


Ready to play? Subscribers, sign in. Not a subscriber yet? Sign up in the box you see in the right sidebar. After confirming your subscription you’ll receive a private password to access an ever growing list of fun printable activities for kids, including this one.


Think your kids will love Crack the Secret Word List Code? Read more about Word Play and all the reasons why you’ll love it, too!


Visual Spatial Puzzle Play, An Art-for-Brains Activity

Visual spatial difficulties in children may not be as easy to detect as auditory processing challenges or other visual processing weaknesses. Understanding visual spatial relationships is so critical to math and reading that the topic deserves our attention and understanding.


Help students strengthen visual spatial perception, critical for math and reading, the fun way.  Visual Spatial Puzzle Play, An Art-for-Brains Activity is appropriate for classrooms, homeschool and therapeutic intervention for kids in early elementary and beyond.


Signs of Visual Spatial Difficulties

Does you struggling reader show signs of difficulty in any of the following areas?

  • Place value or aligning numbers appropriately.
  • Interpreting graphs, charts, diagrams or maps.
  • Reversing numbers, letters or words.
  • Visual tracking, as in skipping or repeating lines while reading.
  • Locating items or gathering materials at the end of the day.
  • Spelling.
  • Sequencing.
  • Tracing and cutting.
  • Inconsistent spacing in written work.


This is not an all-inclusive list. For example, some students who struggle with visual spatial awareness have trouble with personal space, may bump into things or stumble on curbs or steps. They may easily become physically lost, or often lose their place in books or on tests. They may have trouble seeing the big picture, focusing too much on the details.



Visual spatial awareness challenges are also not the only reason students may have trouble with spelling, or tracking, or sequencing.



That said, if you know of suspect that a child has weak visual spatial skills, you can help strengthen these skills in a number of ways. I offer just a few suggestions below.




  • Consider helping your child learn to subvocalize. If a task requires multiple steps, students can quietly or internally say the steps until the task is complete.
  • Checklists may help highly disorganized students gather their materials at the beginning or end of the day.
  • For students who skip lines, easily lose their place while reading, and/or habitually reverse numbers, letters and words, take a look at How to Help Children Strengthen Visual Tracking Skills, and Why for added support.
  • For students who struggle with sequencing such as remembering phone numbers, spelling words in the proper order, or even remembering the order of the alphabet, visual sequential memory activities may help.
  • Finally, provide struggling students with puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles!  Visual Spatial Puzzle Play can help you do just that.



Visual Spatial Puzzle Play

This printable puzzle pack includes ten puzzles in both color and black and white. You or your students cut out sixteen puzzle tiles to use when solving each puzzle. Each tile is 1.5” which you may attach to 1.5” building blocks if you so choose. Otherwise, use the tiles as is and help strengthen fine motor skills in the process.



Three levels of play for various skill levels make this activity perfect for multi-level homeschools, classrooms and therapeutic environments. The included suggestions for increasing and decreasing the challenge expand not only the visual spatial skill development but the art aspect of this “Art-for-Brains Activity” as well. One alternative use for these puzzles is a simple stand-alone art activity.



Want to learn more? Visit Visual Spatial Puzzle Play in my TPT store now.