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?