Speaking of keeping books fun, please check out this provocative article about summer reading from one of my heroes, Donalyn Miller, "Let My People Read" at the blog NerdyBookClub. Then, you can use the Stone Library suggestions for summer reading or peruse my top reviews at The PlanetEsme Plan as a starting point...but far from the finish! I hope our students enjoy a summer full of choices, and discovering their own very individual identities as lifelong readers and learners!
Now, for a quick end-of-year round-up from the picture files:
You never know who's going to show up at the school library.
A hunka-hunka burning reading love!
But this is not the only royalty...
the kindergarten had fun acting out "The Grand Old Duke of York"
as part of our discovery of Mother Goose.
After all...nursery rhymes: don't leave kindergarten without 'em!
Meanwhile, the third grade has been loving our serial read aloud, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. If the whole class brings flashlights, we can read in dark! (Ms. Esme has a special lamp, and we all have copies in which to follow along.) Children who are familiar with the story add new facets to our discussions, and each cliffhanging section ends with a big "awwwww!" The biggest awww of all is that we may not finish in time for break...but the good news is the promise to pick back up again in the fall, a magical entry into the world of fairy tales and mythology. Meanwhile, we are entranced by the wickedness of the White Queen and the contrast of the powerful lion rescuer Aslan, played out on a rainy day with paper-bag puppets. We also enjoyed tasting real Turkish Delight, just like Edmund does in the book. Well, most of us enjoyed it. The rest spit it out in the garbage. Oh, well. It's an acquired taste.
And, as always, big takes care of little in our loving school...thanks to middle school book buddies, who helped our primary kids sound out the hard words in some one-on-one practice reading.
Happy summer, everyone! Keep those pages turning!