Sunday, March 17, 2013

Reading Conference Rocks

I am proud to be part of an organization that brings the community together in a big way each spring.  The Reading Association sponsors the Catch the Reading Bug Community Reading Conference every year.  It has been so successful that we had to move to a bigger location this year.  Even with the bigger location, we were still packed.

Big Bang Boom, Dolly Dozier, Chad Cameron, Pete the Cat, Little Critter, Clifford, and the Teacher from the Black Lagoon helped us celebrate a day of literacy activities.

This year, our school decided to connect science with reading.  Participants followed directions to make Oobleck.  We wanted to address the Common Core Standard of reading informational text, by having children read a recipe.  With so many food allergies, we didn't want to have food.  The art teacher suggested making slime.  Our "Book Hook" was Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Our table was so popular that we ran out of glue.  We had to reduce our ingredients, but we gave the recipe to the participants so they can try it at home. We also gave them a list of children's books that inspire science activities.

The student volunteers were great. It was wonderful having so many helpers who didn't mind getting messy.  We all had green fingers by the end of the day.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

...Fun Is Good

We celebrated Read Across America by honoring Dr. Seuss. during the week of February 25-March 1.  On Monday, students and staff wore their favorite hat or crazy hair for The Cat in the Hat Day.

For the book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!, the girls wore red and the boys wore blue on Tuesday.  Wacky Wednesday Day was the most fun, when students and staff wore their wackiest outfits.  

On Thursday, students and staff proved that I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, by wearing sunglasses.   

Cool Kinders

We finished the week by dressing up as our favorite Dr. Seuss character. “Cindy Lou Who”, “Cat in the Hat”, “The Grinch”, “Horton” and “Things 1 & 2” were part of our celebration. There was even one “Cat Inside the Hat”. 

Teacher Things

Pam I Am

The Principal Meets the Grinch
Several classrooms did Dr. Seuss themed activities.  In the library, students graphed their favorite Dr. Seuss book. Thanks to Cari Young at The Centered School Library, students also estimated how many goldfish crackers were in a fish bowl.  The winner was able to keep the fish bowl full of crackers.  Students, who came for book exchanges in the morning, had a chance to toss the “cat” into a hat. There were a few guest readers in classrooms.  Some students in one class were surprised and excited to see their former teacher who planned to read to them, during a Skype.  We had a small technical problem, but the teacher will be Skyping with the class on Monday.

Guest Reader

Pin the Egg on the Plate
Thank you, Cari