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!
We have finished our first week of school! First graders are practicing all kinds of things in school. Here we are practicing how to line up to go somewhere. We have to face forward, stand quietly, and be still. This helps us stay peaceful and respectful in the hall.
There is something new on the blog today! I have added a page for our Google Calendar. Look at the top of the blog and you will see it. When you click on that page, you will find special dates for our school such as PSA meetings, school pictures, and our special activities scheduled for the week.
We have worked hard this week on learning the expectations for Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Listen to Reading. We even got three Daily 5 practice rounds in on Friday.
We are exploring an app on our iPods. It is called Story Kit.
After we practice a story, we can record it on our iPods in the StoryKit app. Then we can go back and add the typed text and illustrate it. After that, we can send it to the StoryKit web site and share our story.
Here is our first one. Sadie is reading a fable from the Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith book Squids Will Be Squids. The fable she chose is called Gee… I Wonder. Click on the story title to go to the story. Then click on the speaker on each page to listen to Sadie reading and look at her wonderful illustrations.
We had a visit from Mrs. O, our favorite representative of the Radford Woman’s Club! She brought us a good story and a bag full of books… for free! Amazing! The program is call Reading is Fundamental or RIF for short. This is our first of 3 visits this year.
We got to pick out a book, then we had our names put in them. We can’t wait until the next RIF day. Thank you Mrs. O and the rest of the Radford Woman’s Club!
While exploring the RIF web site, I found some great resources for reading! Try out this one – an Edward Lear poem called Calico Pie!
On Thursday, October 8th, we will join people all over the world in reading Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Want to join in? Click on the link below to find out how to pledge to celebrate the joy of reading!
Austin reports: The Red Sox came today. The Red Sox had a mascot named Mugsy. He was a dog. We had to help Mugsy spell baseball.
Dalton writes: Today we had an assembly. The Red Sox came to school. Mugsy came. We helped Mugsy spell baseball and when we came out, we gave him a high five. I had a good time.
Abby reports: The Boston Red Sox won the World Series trophy. Mugsy is silly. The Red Sox play baseball. Mugsy is a dog. They’ll be playing in April 2009. Today Salem Red Sox workers and Mugsy were here. Mugsy had a little bit of trouble with his spelling but we helped him by playing a game.
The Salem Red Sox are sponsoring a Reading Incentive program for elementary students. We have to meet goals for reading to get to first, second, and third base. We get prizes from the Red Sox when each goal is met. Our final goal when we cross home plate is a free ticket to a Salem Red Sox game on May 15.
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