Thursday, June 2, 2016

What More Reason Do You Need to Read??

I was wondering how to wrap up my blog for my Children's Literature class. I finally found a Prezi that I feel shares what I wanted this entire blog to convey. Reading is important. Reading can change lives. Reading builds character. Reading builds imagination. What more reason do you need to pick up a book and start reading to your child, student, niece, nephew, or friend today?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

It's a Wonder...

I recently read a book named Wonder. This book tells the story of a ten year old boy who was born with severe face abnormalities. These issues are far beyond August's control but he is bullied daily for it. I could not help but cry as I read this story. I know I am guilty of occasionally looking at someone in an unfair way simply because they don't look the same as me. If you need a lesson in not judging a book by it's cover, I encourage you to read this book. It does not matter if you are 10 or 30, it will touch your heart.

The Case of the Kid Who Loved to Read

I don't know about you, but I loved to read even when I was 10. My favorite books at that time were the Nancy Drew series. I read so many of the Nancy Drew books, that my library began searching in other libraries for more of the books. One day, the head librarian came and got me and took me to her office. I volunteered their regularly, so I knew she had a vault of retired books in her office. What I was not expecting was for her to hand me a box from the vault and for her to say "Have at it!". The box was full of very old editions of Nancy Drew books. The books actually had two stories within them. Needless to say I read them all.

Recently,  I was able to use a Nancy Drew book for a fifth grade assignment. I absolutely loved getting to use such a fun book as a basis for an educational lesson. Re-reading this book about Nancy and her father, Carson, spending time at a resort solving a case together took me back to my elementary school years. 

I think a very important part of education is having fun while learning. It is important to remember that if we, as educators, are not having fun teaching a lesson, how can we expect our students to?

Monday, May 30, 2016

How Books Steal the Classroom

Have you ever been and read to a Kindergarten class? I am sure if you have a reason to be reading this blog, then your answer is probably, yes. Have you ever been and read to a Kindergarten class and taken green sprite and Grinch mix? I am betting you are thinking "What in the world is Grinch mix?".

Grinch mix is melted marshmallows that are died green, popcorn and red m&ms. Let me just tell you, if you give it to a Kindergarten student you will be their favorite person ever!

This past Christmas season, my mom and I took these treats to my sisters class and read Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This book tells such a sweet Christmas story and is a MUST HAVE for any teachers classroom! I encourage you to read it!!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Can Old Lady's Solve All the World's Problems?

How many of you enjoy gardening? Well, if you answered yes, can I just say that I think you are crazy?!?! Gardening takes hard work, it is hot, and it is a never ending job. I was recently told of a really simple way to make the perfect spring time garden! All you need is seeds, water, sunshine, dirt and....AN OLD LADY!! Sounds easy right? Read the book pictured below to figure out just how simple gardening can be!

Erosion or Paul Bunyan? That is the Question?

How do you think the Grand Canyon was made? How about the Appalachian Mountains? Are you thinking erosion, weathering, earth quake, etc.?

What did you think when you were in third grade? Do you remember?

I was reminded this past week of what I believed at that age. I believed that Paul Bunyan was the creator of all these magnificent landmarks. If you want to be reminded of the importance of imagination you should read Paul Bunyan's tale!!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

I Wanna...

I recently read the children's story I Wanna New Room. This book tells the story of a young boy Alex who is now having to share a room with his little brother due to the fact that he now has a baby sister. The story is told through letters that go back and forth between Alex and his father. It is a really cute story!!

While I was reading the book, I kept thinking... I WANNA NEW CLASSROOM!

I am so so excited for the endless possibilities that await me once I receive my degree. I can not wait to have my first classroom, or my first group of kids. I hope that by the time I begin my career, I will have a library full of books to share with my sweet kiddos! This book is definitely too cute not to be a "must have"!!