Don’t forget to take part in the Summer Reading Program at the Public Library. The activities sound great, the prizes and rewards are exciting, but the benefits outweigh all those tangibles.
When I was little, my mother signed all four of us girls up for the library’s summer program every year. We had a limit of 5 books each, so we read each other’s books. Twenty books a week, all summer long. We’d climb trees and read books, taking turns being the one to climb down to make trades.
I’m sure there were activities, maybe even prizes; all I can remember is winning a pin each year. I still know where a few of these are… Right now, sticking in the wooden bookshelves in my library.
The thing I cherish most is a love of reading and the wonderful memories of reading with my sisters. Each one of us was and still is a voracious reader- thanks to our mother and the Ouachita Parish Public Library in West Monroe, LA.
Sign up now! The benefits last a lifetime, even if you don’t remember the prize you won!
A talented class of art students are collaborating with Mrs. Wojtera’s Wonderful Ones on a regular basis this year.
Each month, Mrs. Reese brings one of her art classes from Radford High School to visit and mentor these young writers. Our main focus has been personal narrative – or as Lucy Calkins calls it – a “small moment” story. As our writing fluency improves, the pairs are now able to spend some time collaborating on the artwork, as well.
I made a snowman with my mom and dad and my sisters. I looked at my snowman and I love it. And then I had a snowball fight. I got hit and I love that day I saw the moon.
I like to play in the snow in winter. My favorite is snowball fight. And I build a snowman. Then we have hot chocolate. I like winter.
My favorite is playing in the snow. I love winter.
My outdoor thing is making a snowman. I put on wiggly arms. I put on a hat. I put on a pair of mittens. I put on some buttons. I also put on boots. I put on a nose. I put on a head. I put on a bellybutton. We took a picture together. I like my snowman.
This is how I decorate my Christmas tree. First we put on the lights. Then we put on the ornaments. Then the star. But this year we might not have a star. Then me and my brother eat a candy cane. Then my mom and my dad put the rug under the tree. I love to decorate my tree.
This is how I decorate my Christmas tree. First I put on the lights. Then me and my sister put on the ornaments. And my mommy and daddy helped too. We step back. It looks good.
This is how I decorate my Christmas tree. First I put on lights. Then I and my mommy and daddy put on the ornaments. Some times it looks messy. Then we put paper soft snow flakes on. Last we put on the angel. I love decorating Christmas trees. Ho ho ho!
This is how I decorate my Christmas tree. First I put the lights. Then I put the ornaments. Then I sit out the milk and the cookies.
This is how I decorate my Christmas tree. First my mom puts the star on the tree. I put the ornaments on the tree. My mom puts the lights on the tree. I love my tree.
One thing we really enjoy is using our iPods for Listening to Reading. We have four folders of great stories on our iPod to listen to every day.
We have learned to wind up and store our ear buds properly to prevent tangles. We have learned how to listen safely, with the volume down. And we have learned how to place our hands on our throats when we’re singing along with our stories to check for vibrations. If our throat is vibrating, we might be disturbing our friends! It’s hard to tell when we’re wearing our ear buds!
Here are some of the 40 stories that we have on our iPods.