May 2021

two books and blue stuffed toy fish displayed on a library shelf

I’m so proud of the hard work that everyone has been doing this year!  We’ve shared so many books, both traditional paper books and electroic books through SORA, with thank you to the Dearborn Public Library for their assistance.  Our lessons in Schoology started out all recorded, but now we are able to meet weekly on Zoom, and it’s so exciting to see everyone.

We have shared books, learned computer coding through Code.org, and so much more so far this year.  Be sure to check out the links on the right side of this page for more educational and fun resources!

Welcome Back!

We’re so glad to see everyone back in school, and just in time for March is Reading Month! This school year is certainly different than any other, but we’re so proud of you for working hard and doing your best.

These are just some of the new books waiting for you in our media centers!

Happy New Year!

two holiday elves resting on a stack of books

I hope that everyone had a restful and safe winter break!  We had several holidays the past few weeks, and whether you celebrate all or none of them, winter break is always a special time to relax and enjoy time with your family.

It’s now 2021 and I’m looking forward to all of the new things we’re going to do and seeing how much you have learned!  We’re all still learning and teaching remotely, which means unfortunately we can’t see you face to face, but I’m so proud of all of the hard work you have done using your Chromebooks, computers, or tablets.

You are still able to check out books using the “curbside checkout” system at school.  Reserve your book on Destiny, I will then check for it and send you an email letting you know it is ready, and you can pick it up.  Library checkout at Henry Ford is Tuesdays from 1:15 – 3:15, Lindbergh on Tuesdays, and River Oaks from 1:30 – 3:00.

Happy Reding and Happy New Year!

October!

I hope that everyone is having a great school year! I know it’s quite different than it has been in the past, but we’re still doing great things and I know that you’re all working hard.

Most of my work and postings this year will be in Schoology, especially for grades 1, 2, and 3 at Lindbergh and River Oaks. You can always send me messages through my blog, email, or schoology and I’ll get back to you as quick as I can.

We’re all getting used to Schoology, and many of you I see during Zoom meetings. I hope you’re all having fun reading, doing your very best on your schoolwork, and enjoying these beautiful autumn days!

Welcome back!

Welcome back to the start of a new school year!  This year is starting off very different than any other school year, but there will still be so many exciting things going on.  I hope that everyone had a great summer and is ready to learn.

I will still be using my blog for a little while, but we’ll be using the Schoology program for most everything this year.  It will have all of your teachers information, and you will be able to find most everything that you will need for school.  We will also be using Zoom for meetings, many of us were using Google Meet last year.  We’re all learning these together, so don’t worry if things don’ work the way you want them to at first.

Have a great day, and keep on learning!

picture of  cartoon animals saying "Thank YOU for being a reader!"

Wonderful Wednesday

Would you like to be an author and an illustrator?  Today you can look at a great website that lets you do just that.  Easy and fun!  You get to use a website to make your own stories by clicking on choices.  These choices will write the story and add the illustrations, depending on the choices that you made.

Click on https://pbskids.org/games/ . There are six choices.  The first choice is the first box, which is Arthur’s Pop-up Theater.  Click on the box and follow the prompts to make funny, spooky, and silly stories!  Go back and listen to the stories you created.  Next click on the third box, which is Storycreator.  Follow the prompts to make stories here also.  When you are done listening to your stories, share them with someone in your house!  Then you can go back to the stories, change the selections, and make more stories.

Let me know about the stories you wrote and if you enjoyed this. Have fun and enjoy being an author!

colorful illustration of boy and girl writing in a book         colorful illustration of Muslim boy and girl reading.

Summer Reading Fun

annimated illustration of penguin wearing sunglasses and laying on a beach chairannimated illustration of a smiling sun blowing bubbles    annimated illustration of penguin wearing sunglasses and laying on a beach chair

I hope everyone had a great week and that you were able to enjoy this warm and sunny weather.  We sure did, we went swimming, for walks in the park, ate dinner in the backyard, and of course read books.  

What was your favorite part of the story When a Dragon Moves In?, which was found on http://storylineonline.net?

Mine was when the dragon roasted all of those marshmallows with his super-hot fire!  Wouldn’t that be awesome!  The story also showed us that it’s important to use your imagination, and that if you can dream it it can come true.  Be sure to check out other great stories on http://storylineonline.net .

Learn about some of your favorite animals by going to the website https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/.  

You can learn so much about many different kinds of animals.  Did you know that the giant panda eats only bamboo?  Did you also know that there are only 1,500 giant pandas left in the world right now?  Go to the website, find one of your favorite animals to learn about, and share it with us next week.              

photograph of giant panda eating bamboo

Have a great week, and keep on reading!

 

Fabulous Friday

color photograph of a beachball and pair of sunglasses on a beach towel

It’s a great summer day for the beach or the pool.  However, if you can’t go to the beach, you can read about one, and that’s almost as much fun.  

I read this wonderful book called Mermaid Dance. The author is Marjorie Hakala and the illustrator is Mark Jones. It’s a wonderful tale about mermaids and their adventures at the sea.

photo of two mermaids swiming under sea

Do you like dragons? I sure do!  Read the story When A Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore, illustrated by Howard McWilliam.  You can find this story on the website https://www.storylineonline.net/.  Find out what happens when a dragon goes to the beach!  Read this story and let me know what your favorite part is and if you liked it.  You can comment here on my blog or send me an email.  

Have a great day, and keep reading!

 

Summer Reading Club!

What a beautiful summer day today!  A perfect day to go to the beach, and take your favorite book along of course.  If you can’t go to the beach, enjoy a book about the beach and being by the water.

How to Code A Sandcastle, by Josh Funk, tells the story of a girl who wants to build a sand castle, with the help of a robot friend.  She soon learns that a robot will only do exactly what you tell it to do, just like when we code in computers.  The computer doesn’t actually know anything, it only knows what you tell it to do.  She does give exact directions, or code, and has a fun day at the beach!  I borrowed this book from our public library, and you can borrow it from the Dearborn Public Library using your Dearborn Public Library card!

colorful book cover on a background of a beach towel and beach themed accessories      

Scooby-Doo be doo, here’s a book for you!  Do you like a good mystery?  Check out Scooby-Doo Dinosaur Dig, it’s a picture book, which means you read some words as well as some pictures!

photograph of book cover  photograph of open book

Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, by Chris Van Dusen, tells about a fun trip out on the water!  A fun and colorful story that you can read and watch on Tumblebooks, which you can access on the Dearborn Public Library site using your Dearborn Public Library card.  Enjoy!

photo of first screen of book

 

Have a great weekend, and I can’t wait to hear about the good stories you’re reading!

 

 

Wednesday, July 29

Hello!  How is your summer going and what have you been reading?

I just finished the book “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate.  I really enjoy her books.  This is a fiction book that talks about a gorilla who is held in captivity and misses his life and family in the jungle.  This book also won the Newberry Award, which is the award given to one book each year that has the best writing, that’s quite an honor!