“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Library Time: Week 1

Part of my new position as Media Clerk is to read to the K-3rd grade classes.  I don't mind reading to the classes, but coming up with something that will be fun for all the grades is a daunting task. I let the teachers know I am willing to reinforce their studies for the week, but that would be four different grades!  That is a lot a preparation.

So, until I specifically hear from the teachers, I have decided to create my own "curriculum."

I would hope by now that everyone has heard of the website Brownielocks. If you haven't, it is a fun little website that has all kinds of observances and holidays for almost every day, week, and month of the year.  I am going to be using this website to guide my lessons.

After the first week of back-to-school books, I started looking for what to do.  Once I started, I discovered that August 10 was Paul Bunyan Day.  This fit perfectly with my third graders who had to read folk tales over the summer.  So we read The Bunyans by Audrey Wood.


This fun story continues the Paul Bunyan folk tale with the marriage of Paul Bunyan and Marie McIntie, as well as their two children, Little Jean and Teeny.  My students really enjoyed the stories and were fascinated that the landmarks like Mammoth Cave, Bryce Canyon and Old Faithful still exist.

I also discovered that August 15 was Best Friends' Day, so I read a sweet story called Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon



Oh. My. Goodness.  I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book.  I thought the story was sweet and simple and subtle and a wonderful message of friendship.  Herman and Rosie live in a busy city (New York) and love many of the same things yet they have never met.  They hear each other's gift of music, but just don't know where it is coming from.  After experienced sadness, they find their way to each other and a beautiful friendship emerges.  Even my kindergartners could understand why they became friends.

I think is I can continue finding stories that relate, I will continue with this.

Books are linked but no compensation is received.  Just wanted you to know where to find them if you wanted them.

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