Friday, October 30, 2015

Our Storybook Pumpkin Patch is Back and It's the Best One Yet!

October is a favorite time in our library now that we look forward to our annual Storybook Pumpkin Patch! Students are invited to decorate a pumpkin to look like a character from a favorite story. 

The pumpkins this year were FABULOUS! Come take a peek:

Memorial School's Story Book Pumpkin Patch from Randie Groden on Vimeo.

A huge thank you to all of our students and their families for participating this year. We love that our Storybook Pumpkin Patch keeps growing bigger every year!

Happy Halloween!
Happy Reading!

Monday, October 5, 2015

We are so excited!

This week is a very exciting week in the world of children's literature - it's the beginning of The Global Read Aloud (GRA)! This will be our 3rd time participating. What is so awesome about the GRA is that teachers around the world read the same book aloud to their students during a particular week. It is a free project and it fits perfectly into the standards we have to cover. It is a way to be connected to the larger world outside of the walls of Memorial School! How cool is that?

The GRA provides an opportunity for our young students to take a deeper look into a particular author. During the project, our K-1 students will be reading books by Amy Krause Rosenthal. I may try to make some connections with schools outside of Medfield depending on how our technology is working. At the very least we will be sharing our students ideas and thoughts via twitter. The official hashtag is #GRA15 and the specific hashtag for the 
Amy Krouse Rosenthal Picture Book study #GRAAmy  
You are invited to follow our experiences here: @MemLibrary

At this time more than 200,000 students from more than 60 countries are already signed up to participate. This project will allow for students to use technology tools in a meaningful way, while listening to a fantastic read alouds. FYI: Older students read a particular chapter book and then read the same chapter each week.

Here are the books I will be sharing with our students during library classes for the next few weeks:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

 Week 6 is Teacher Choice of any book by Amy Krause Rosenthal (here are a few to choose from but there are many more!):


If you would like more information about the Global Read Aloud, feel free to visit the website or I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Happy, Happy Reading!