Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Holidays!`

Holiday books are so much fun! Kindergarten and second grades looked closely at the story and illustrations in Jan Brett's Wild Christmas Reindeer. Then, we watched the video on her website as she described what inspired her to write the book. The first graders considered the importance and impact of a book's illustrator as we compared five versions of Clement Moore's The Night Before Christmas. They voted on the illustrator that most closely matched their mental images of the story. Jan Brett, who is very popular here at Parish, was the hands down winner!

The library rocked when the Pre-K classes danced the Santa Pokey decked out in jingling antlers.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Card Project

Mrs. Barrett and the Broncos joined me in our first online project. This Holiday Card Project was organized by Jennifer Wagner. The students created 22 holiday cards with greetings and information about our school. We sent them to other schools in our group around the world. We have started receiving cards from those schools. Our group includes one school in Scotland, several in different parts of Canada, one in Hawaii, and others in various states in the US. It has been so much fun reading the cards and using online tools like Google maps to explore the areas around the other schools. We are hoping to find a class in our group to visit via Skype. This has been a fantastic way to learn about other people and places, and it may provide the beginning of a global conversation!

Holiday Card Project
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Just Grace Book Club

Thirty four second grade girls signed up for our very first Book Club Lunch in the library. Just Grace was a huge hit with this group! Super powers were discovered, big questions were discussed, and laughter was sprinkled throughout the meeting. Readers are clamoring for the other books in the series. Second grade boys are next...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Jessica Harper Visits on Skype!

The first grade just had a great Skype an Author visit with Jessica Harper . She is the author of some fantastic books that we have in our library. We read several of them during story time. The first graders were very excited and prepared with questions for our visitor. Ms. Harper told us that her Cleo books are real stories about her own childhood. We loved Uh-Oh, Cleo and reading about "Stitches Saturday" when Cleo had to go to the hospital and get nine stitches. There will be a waiting list to check out Underpants on My Head which is about a family camping trip. We'll be watching for new Cleo books in the near future!
We send a big thank-you to Jessica Harper for donating her time to visit with us and fuel excitement for reading and writing!