Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Book!

This sounds like a GREAT book:
Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers is a book rich with metaphor and charm in both its words and illustrations. It is written by Gloria Whelan and told through the voice of Yuki, a young Japanese girl. It is a story of her journey from her home in Kyoto to Edo, 300 miles away. It elegantly expresses all of the fears and trepidations felt by a child leaving home—as well as ability to embrace change. In its sparseness, the writing presents great detail of the varied landscape and Yuki’s many encounters. Perhaps the best part is that before leaving her homeland, her teacher asks her to record her daily lessons in the form of a haiku. Each page reveals two of Yuki’s haikus that collectively tell the whole story. Yan Nascimbene captures 300 miles of dramatic landscape and seasons in his remarkable and dreamy watercolors. He is masterful at describing the expanse of geography and stillness of time with line and stunning gradient colors. Yuki and her dog Kita are adorable traveling along with the long train of horseback carriers. His attention to costume, scale, and color are reminiscent of ancient Japanese prints. This is a timeless book that operates on so many levels and sure to take children and parents on a memorable journey.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday measures...

Refresh your memory on measurement!

How's the ME Box coming along?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday Books!

One of the types of writing we will be doing in the fall as we look at how published authors write, are ABC books. Here's a great example of one...and NOT because Cats Rule and Dogs Drool! Get a head start on reading like a writer by observing how these books are written.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday Math!'s another one! Try it...keep skills sharp!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Book Wednesday!

Sounds Great!

A young girl and her grandfather love spending time together fishing on the farm — talking, sharing stories or just listening to the wind as they wait for a bite. For her birthday, Grandpa gives her a brand-new fishing rod. And now, at the very beginning of bass season, they’re off to the lake for her first grown-up fishing trip. She can’t wait to catch a fish all by herself — maybe even the biggest fish in the lake!

This lyrical tale celebrates the bonds of loving, intergenerational relationships, respect for nature and a child’s first steps toward independence. The timeless illustrations capture the quiet pleasures and dramatic thrills of fishing. Together they serve as a reminder that there is more to life than simply landing “the big one.”

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Practice Your Math Skills!

Try this! What do you remember?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Cool Site to Visit!!!!!

Hey, friends! Are you looking for something to do? Go to:

Where it says guest access, type in: libertyschool

What will appear is a page FULLLLLLLLL of fun, interactive sites you can visit. You can read stories on line...write stories....write poetry...have some math fun...visit and learn about science and social studies topics...find new books to read...and MORE!

Check it out! Bookmark it...I'll be adding to it again and again. You never know what you might find!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A Non Fiction Book to Enjoy!

Here's a non fiction book by one of my favorite authors: Sneed Collard.

Check it out....You might enjoy it!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Summertime Reading: For PARENTS!!!!

Looking for ways to excite your child in reading...make it different from regular, school year reading time:

1. Read about your vacation destination before your go.
2. Read about something your want to do together: baking...biking...hiking...gardening...MORE!
3. Read a book about local history and go to a museum.
4. Read a book that's now a movie and go see the movie!
5. Host a potluck or mid summer party and after dinner, pull out a book to read in the shade or tell around the campfire stories.

Use reading as a way to reconnect with your kids. Talking about a story is still one of the BEST ways to open doors that might be closed when schedules are hectic.

And just think of the GREAT memories they can ADD to their ME box to share this fall.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Here's a book by the author of the Magic Tree House series of books. I hope you enjoy your 4th of July...make some memories to include in your ME box!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Great Book to Read!

Here's another GREAT book to read. I'm going to have to add this one to our classroom library!

Don't forget your reading log. I've been working on our WIKI for the fall where you can list your books on line. Don't forget to work on your ME box!