Thursday, February 26, 2015
So it's a little past week 2 challenge. I say when blogging it's better late than never. So I found out about this blogging challenge to honor World Read Aloud Day on the Busy Librarian Blog, I must say this is a great idea. As a new blogger I need inspiration to keep writing in the rush of life. This week's challenge is called You and Someone New. I chose to ask my Facebook friends the questions, only a handful responded, that's more than no one so I will take it.
But, first the book I think everyone should read is The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. This book is magical. Read it out loud to an audience and they will applaud at the end. It captures that je ne sais quoi of books and libraries and the magnificent journey of life. If you haven't read it, try it, this book is a real treat.
1. If I could listen to anyone in the world read aloud to me it would be...
Prince Harry (I love that British accent) - Jeanne B.
My Kids- Kelly
Sam Elliott (love that deep, gravely voice) Jeanne D.
Sean Connery or Tom Selleck- Jolene
2. When I read aloud my favorite character to impersonate is...
anyone southern, as that comes most naturally - Jeanne B.
Skippyjon Jones - Kelly
Southern - Jeanne D.
3. The genre or author that takes up the most room on my bookshelf (or e-reader) is...
Historical Fiction (I like to learn something or feel like I've been somewhere I've never been when I read a book, on my i-pad I have a lot of spiritual/ life coach type articles) - Jeanne B.
Sci-Fi - Kelly
Realistic Fiction - Jeanne D.
Monday, February 16, 2015
World Read Aloud Day is coming up the first week of March. There is a challenge out there right now to write about your favorite book to read aloud. I really enjoy reading The Adventures of Beekle the unimaginary friend. The drawings and story are simple. The perfect ingredients for a Caldecott Award winning book. Friendship is the theme and kids get it from the beginning when Beekle waits and waits and he is never picked to the day Alice becomes his friend. I love seeing students connect to with this book. It's a special book kids can relate to situations in their lives. Students also love that Beekle looks like Disney's Big Hero 6.
Monday, February 9, 2015
It took a semester to plan with the support of team players from the principal, other teachers, and parents. The excitement of the kids also made it possible. Opening day of the makerspace. Our first session started at 7:45, one excited student came in at 7:30 to happily sharpen pencils and tell me about his latest invention he wants to bring to school. The makerclub meets for 30 min. once a week. There were so many students who were interested, I set up one day for each grade level from 2nd to 5th grade. That was the fastest 30 min imaginable this morning. There was barely enough time to journal about their learning process. Alternative Recess also meets once a week for 15 min session. We may need to expand the time, so the students have enough time to process their thoughts and create. It's going to be paramount the students utilize the flip instruction offered on the makerspace website and work on projects outside of the school day. It feels like I've started a 10 week experiment and at the end I hope students have a project they can present at STEM Night for our first mini maker faire. Tomorrow is day 2 and I can't wait to see what happens.