Saturday, May 26, 2012


The 6th grade spent a lot of time this year on Author Studies, research projects based on the analysis of the work of an author of their choice, culminating in grand displays and oral reports to the class.  When D. gave her author study about Amy Krouse Rosenthal (author of books such as Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink, Cookies:  Bite Size Life Lessons and the bestselling Duck!  Rabbit!) D. complained that there were a lot of facts she could not find on the internet.  So what better way to get information from a primary source than to ask the person?  A very, very, very surprise visit to Ms. Downing's class from the great and generous Ms. Rosenthal shocked her biographer, and revealed (almost) all to D. and her classmates:  yes, she is married, and she is 29 years old.  Thereabouts.

Whole group author study?  Five weeks.
Small group author study?  Six weeks.
Independent author study?  Eight weeks.
Seeing the 6th grade faint when a real author enters the room to answer questions?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day from the Stone School Library!  Primary grades have been having such a nice time enjoying stories about baking in the past week, and we love the women who take care of us so much, we combined them in a craft for you.  Enjoy a card from your own little cupcake.

Speaking of, thanks also to the upper grade young women who help me put up chairs and wipe tables at the end of each day, informally called "the cupcake club" because of their baking hobby!  We recently learned how to make roses out of frosting together.  Want to learn something new?  The library is the place to go!