Lincoln School 2nd and 3rd graders were lucky enough to spend an hour with Mr. Schu today. He had the entire room jumping up and waving arms. They loved his stories and hearing about the books. His excitement was certainly contagious as students went back to their classrooms and wanted to keep talking about their favorite books. Thanks for coming Mr. Schu - we had a blast!!
After seeing Linda Ragsdale at the Anderson's Bookshop Literature Breakfast, I just knew I had to invite her to Lincoln. Her stories, her positivity, and her energy just made me smile and I wanted her to meet our students. Linda spent the whole day with us talking about her books and peace and teaching us how to draw a dragon. Thank you Linda for a wonderful experience!
Our second year of Dot Day had even more dots! All students listened to "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds. Our art teacher, Ms. Kozbur, took inspiration from the book and had the students create a rainbow of dots with Vashti. I picked up extra books for the classrooms from my public library - even found two Chinese versions for our new Chinese students. This day is so fun watching all the students point out their dots.
After receiving a letter from the National Poetry Project about writing poems for their digest, I thought we should give it a try. I would announce it to the students and whomever wanted to write could come into the library during recess to do so. I never guessed we would have 56 students (2nd, 3rd and 4th) choose to write poems. Out of those students, 29 were chosen from across the United States to be published in the 2018 Poetry Digest. So proud of all of our poets who gave it a shot!
Steve Sheinkin visited with second, third and fourth grade today to talk about his new books "Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler" and "Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean". He also talked about writing these fun books. Afterwards, the students wrote down ideas for other famous people with interesting occupations. We sent those in to Steve - maybe he'll us an idea from Lincoln!
One of my favorite author/musician came to Lincoln School today. I have been a fan since my boys were young and we went to his concerts. I was thrilled to share the music and books of Justin Roberts and his partner, Liam Davis. It was music and reading all day long as they met with third grade and read Justin's book "The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade"; wrote songs with fourth grade; and talked and sang about smart parts with our youngest students. It was a fantastic day!
We would love to see all the ways and places students read over the summer. You can take a photo of your student reading and email it to me. I will post their photo on the library website as well as in the library. I can't wait to see all the kids reading!
The summer slide is not a slide you want your children to be on. Here's a great article excerpt about the importance of reading with your child every day and how it will help to maintain their abilities. Think of it like practicing an instrument or a sport. If you don't practice for three months, you can fall really behind.
I am including a link to different summer reading lists for all different ages. Additionally, you can visit the library Pinterest site for lots of different book lists. It's located under the Resources tab.
Just keep reading!