Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We Had a Little Book Tasting!

We had a little Book Tasting recently (yum)! Memorial students had a chance to take a peek at our brand new books to see which ones they might want to read. Tables were "set" with tableclothes (thank you PTO) and each table was numbered with a sign (like at a wedding). Instead of place settings, there was a book at each seat. Before the kids got started, I modeled how to browse through a book, explaining that most likely there would not be time to read the whole thing.

Excitement was building - they couldn't wait to get started! Everyone went to a table and began "tasting" the book at their seat. After 2-3 minutes, I rang the chime which was the signal to begin looking at another book. We repeated this a few times.

We had put large sticky notes and pencils at each table so the kids could write down the title of any book(s) they might want to read. I had explained that readers always know what book they want to read next.

At some point the kids switched tables to take a look at different books. It was so much fun to see how excited everyone was. A few kids even asked to reserve specific books so they could borrow them when the tastings were over.

As for the sticky notes? The kids put them up on one of our beautiful windows for all the world to see which books they are planning to read and that we LOVE reading at Memorial School!

Take a look for yourself. Think we'll do this again? You betcha!






Oh, this new book smells sooooo good!
Kids loved putting their sticky notes with their favorite new books up on the window!






Monday, March 6, 2017

Read Across America 2017!

To take a peek at our Read Across America celebration, scroll down through the Smore flyer ;-)


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

So this happened...

AS many of you know, we have a Makerspace in our primary school library. We have been fortunate to have amazing support, financial and otherwise, from our administration and from the truly fabulous Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) who has funded Makerspaces in four of our schools.

One of the favorite items in our Makerspace are the Picassa Tiles, which are magnet tiles. Students come up with such creative ideas and work collaboratively to see their ideas come to life.

On Tuesday, a kindergartener built a tall tower - taller than himself! I told him he could leave it when the class left the library. Well, this tower caught the attention of almost everyone who walked by the library. Many (kids and adults) came in to see it up close.



Here is what happened the next day:

We have six scheduled classes each Wednesday. Of course, each group of new students were wowed by the structure. During Makerspace time, kids in each of the six classes added to and changed the tower. Amazingly, it didn't get knocked down.

Thursday we had four scheduled classes and the very same thing happened. The kids had so much fun thinking of ways to change and improve the tower.

Take a look a what happened to one tower over the course of three days and eleven classes!












Here's Neal Sonnenberg, Medfield HS Technology Integration Specialist, making his mark on the tower!

The structure is still standing, day four. Can't wait to see what happens with it next week....:-)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Our Storybook Pumpkin Patch and a Few Creepy Carrots Too!

Here is this year's Storybook Pumpkin Patch Video - our kids did a GREAT job and had so much fun watching the patch grow. Enjoy!


Monday, October 31, 2016

Creepy Carrots!

In honor of Halloween, we had a lot of fun with the Caldecott award book, Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown. 


As a choice in our Makerspace after book check-out, students had an opportunity to make their own creepy carrots! Some students chose to take their creations home while others allowed me to hang theirs up on our Wall of Awesome bulletin board.


The kids had so much fun! They did a great job, don't you think??

Sunday, October 16, 2016

It's OK To Make Mistakes

Have you ever made a mistake? This is a question we explored during library classes recently. 

First, students had a chance to talk about mistakes they have made when we did a Turn and Talk. As you can see, they had a LOT to talk about!



Then I introduced them to the book, It's OK To Make Mistakes written and illustrated by the fabulous Todd Parr.


We had a chance to "meet" Todd Parr and listen to him read this book.

From KidLit TV 
Lots of mistakes are made in this story. There's an "Uh-Oh" on every page! But as the characters learn, it really is OK to make mistakes, it's how we learn. Mess-ups, accidents and mistakes, they happen to all of us no matter how old we are. 

We finished our lesson by following step-by-step directions on how to draw Todd from Todd Parr's website.


          

              

             

          

              


I love this message of It's OK To Make Mistakes for so many reasons. But I especially love having this "uh-oh's happen" mindset in our Makerspace and in all areas of our lives where we're learning, taking chances, making guesses, experimenting and then learning from our own "Uh-Oh's."

Todd Parr ends his books with these words: "Love, Todd." I will end this post the same way:

Love, Randie ;-)

PS  Photo cred to Dorothy Redding