This week our Primary School students will be listening to Yellow Umbrella by Jae Soo Liu and Dong Il Sheen. It is a wonderful story told through pictures and music. Afterwards, students will look at various examples of fiction and nonfiction titles about South Korea. Then, they will participate in a sorting activity to master the concept of fiction and nonfiction texts.
Primary School students in Early School through Grade 3 listened to two great books this week about wishes and New Year's traditions around the world: . Then, the students created their own wishing wands.
Our fourth graders have brainstormed ideas and created storyboards for the Library Orientation videos they will be creating next week for the younger Primary School students.
Our wonderful resident-artist, Mr. Bill Reid, shared his delightful picture book, Bunnski Goes to Albunnia, with the students and brought us back home (temporarily) from our reading travels.. His story showcased delightful sculptures and engaging photographs created last winter. He shared his creative process for the book and was happy to answer dozens of student questions.
Then, we were jet setting once again - to Moscow this time. We read Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco and played a matching game with Russian nesting dolls. Exciting travels yet to come in January.
This book is a good story for people who enjoy fantasy and magic. It is a interesting and exciting story in a magical world where creativity is allowed and encouraged. I would recommend reading this book for anyone who enjoyed Harry Potter or other book series with magic.
- Grace S., 6th Grade
PS traveled to mexico & Arctic Village, AK
During the past two weeks, we first traveled to India with Gerald McDermott's Monkey: A Trickster Tale and then continued to Ghana with The Spider Weaver: The Legend of Kente Cloth by Margaret Musgrove and Julia Cairns. The PS students enjoyed creating their own cloths, spiders, webs, and other imaginative designs.
At the beginning of the school year, I asked all faculty and students to recommend a book that they loved. Here are the results:
1984 - George Orwell
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Uzecki
Ansazi Boys - Neil Gaiman
Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up - Grace Helbig
Harry Potter Series - J. K. Rowling
Judy Moody Gets Famous - Megan McDonald
My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with your Gut - Hannah Hart
Romeo & Juliet (play) - William Shakespeare
The Cripple of Inishmaan (play) - Martin McDonagh
The Great Glass Sea - Josh Weil
The Maze Runner - James Dashner
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
Unwind - Neal Shusterman
Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
Mrs. Weaver, Mrs. Hagopian, and some really great students and faculty.