Today I went to Powell’s and now that I enjoy reading – it is really hard to leave without getting at least one book! I love the staff picks because they are always really interesting fiction or memoirs. It was a fun excursion with my roommate after work and it cleared my head 🙂
I looked back at this link recently because I still want to incorporate making books somewhere into the curriculum, but I’m not sure how yet – maybe when Bessie (the traveling teddy bear) comes in mid-December 🙂 We could all come up with mini stories to her, and practice more of our letters. It would maybe be incorporated into small groups or afternoon circle to teach more about writing.
Glad “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Discworld” made it! Fantasy needs to be written very well to suck you in, and these two stories (“Howl’s” I have seen as a movie) really get you hooked. I have heard of many from this list, but only read a couple of them – since I wasn’t a reader when I was younger, I missed some the children’s classics.
I love that these books are not common! It is always fun to find new stories to read to the children, so they don’t always hear the same ones about friendship. These also show different types of relationships, which is important for young students – they need to see non-comforming groups of friends to show that anybody can hang out together.
Hello out there in Nerd-Land! So the second volume in my Shakespeare-inspired graphic novel series is coming out Sept. 29th (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet). While working on it over the past few years, I’ve spent a thinking about great couples in picture books.
I think picture books are some of the best explorations of friendship/relationships that exist in literature. If I put on my literary/child psychology hat for a moment (I’ll be quick, I promise!), I would say that one of the great cognitive leaps we make as human beings is when we break past parallel play and realize that everyone else is a sentient, thinking being. Even as adults, we need constant reminders that “others” (racially, culturally, politically, behaviorally) are “us.” That is where companionship starts. That is where love begins.
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Today was a great transition day for the preschoolers in Pre-K! We only had 10 of the 16 kids that we would normally have, so it was pretty calm. They loved the stories we were reading during circle time (Click clack moo, and Dr. Seuss ABC), which was nice because some of the children usually become antsy. They also came up with good ideas for what they wanted to know about the alphabet – how to sing it in Spanish, how slow/fast they could sing it, and where it came from. We got them started on the coloring of animal alphabet after afternoon circle time, and I’ll make some more letters to see if they wanted to do different ones. Tomorrow, I have a fun idea that involves writing their name in candle on paper and then they paint or color in crayon over it to discover the letters 🙂
It is important to encourage children to enjoy reading! Children love to listen to reading, but when it comes to them actually reading the book, many find it difficult to get engaged. Reading is a great way to capture attention during rowdy times in the classroom. My students want to discuss the stories and what they think will happen next, which helps them with predictions. I have read the stories to them multiple times as well, so they know the books already.
It is interesting to see different books than the usual ones for going back to school – in a few weeks, it will be time to start the new year so I want to have books to calm kids down. Sorry for the multiple teaching tools, but my brain is somewhat mush!
While sorting through the books in my supply closet, I found this one book about learning centers called “120 learning center activities.” It is from Scholastic and focuses on science – I have started looking through it for the first couple units on Food and All About Me. I discovered one about seeing how your teeth work with different foods that I would love to run by my co-teacher and see what supplies I might need! Books like these are very handy to help you come up with ideas when you are starting out because you might not have creative ideas at the beginning of your career. I look forward to taking a look at it every couple weeks for learning center choices 🙂
As a last graduate school hurrah, one of my friends and I are going to relax by the pool with our books. It doesn’t sound like celebrating, but it will be nice to chat and see each other again before we both have to pack up our places. True friends can simply hang out without the need to do anything spectacular. I still can’t believe grad school is over! I’ll be working on my final paper later today or tomorrow, and packing up my apartment soon. This will probably be my last “Getting through grad school” post!
Today was very relaxing!
– woke up and lounged in bed with PLL
– sat out in the sun with my parents and a phone trivia game
– took Bear for a walk into town
– listened to my new records while finishing my book
– browsed blogs and free Kindle books
– watching an old thriller (American Werewolf in London)
Successful last day of summer before school starts 🙂