Summer Reading 2016

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I’ve finished six books so far this summer and have many more on my summer reading list.  The books in the pile on the right are up next.  Plus, I am reading all of the fifth grade LC Units of Study for Writing and Reading to prepare for my grade level move.

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Me Before You

I planned to read this one before seeing the movie, but it just traveled in my purse for ever and I never got past page three.  Instead, I read and finished about eight other books!  Sometimes I’m just not ready to read a book – it isn’t the right time.  I am always reassuring my son that it is fine if he isn’t interested in reading a book right now.  Just put it on the shelf and eventually, when the time is right, he’ll read it.You’ve had this issue before, right?

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Ready to read it now!

 

 

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Super Adventurous Summer Bucket List 2016

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◊  Get a dog!  Check √ 

Read about Milo here and here.

◊  Go to the Museum of Science and Industry.  We will be going in a few weeks.  Can’t wait to see the Lego Exhibit:  Brick by Brick.

◊  Spend lots of time with Troy!  In progress…

I’m loving every minute with him, even if he did beat me at mini-golf.

◊  Read!  In progress…

So far, I have finished…

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Knucklehead is a going to be a great mentor text for the Personal Narrative and Memoir units, since I will be teaching 5th grade next year.  GEORGE was phenomenal! And I have a lot of ideas for writing workshop after reading Write Like This.

And am currently reading…

 

Guilt

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Guilt – Yep!  It’s a common emotion for me, a single working mom.  In Dad is Fat, Jim Gaffigan has a whole chapter about guilt, parental guilt.  “I feel guilty, gulity when I drop them off at school.  I feel guilty when I pick them up from school.”  (p.27)  And his list goes on…basically there is no way to not feel guilty!  And this is coming from a happily married, successful comedian and father!  Maybe it isn’t just me!

I took my first vacation alone in NINE YEARS last week.  I felt (and still feel) huge amounts of guilt!  I left my son alone for ten days!  (Reality:  Well, not alone, he was with his dad and my grandma.)  I feel guilty for taking the time, even though I know that it was needed and deserved.  But, it does make me feel better to know other parents feel the same.  I feel bad if I’m having fun without him.  I would feel bad if I left him and didn’t have fun.   Try as I might, that guilt was/is always there.   The beach, reading, no responsibility, and more reading…the vacation was worth it.  But, I don’t think I will be taking another ten day vacation without my boy anytime soon…

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

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Kate DiCamillo is definitely one of my favorite authors.  More than one of her books are regular read alouds in my third grade classroom.  This book is no less special…matbe my favorite yet.

Although the book is a novel, with words seperated into chapters, there are pictures and comics interspersed.   This only adds to the experience

There are many funny, laugh out loud, parts.  (See giant donut line above.) The book is about a squirrel with superpowers he received from being vacuumed up, after all.  However, my favorite aspect of this story is the parent-child relationship.   Her parents aren’t together anymore -and spoiler…they aren’t at the end either.  But the main character,  Flora, learns that she is the most important person to each of her parents.  They may have mad mistakes, said things they didn’t mean, but she is still their #1.  And thanks to her superhero squirrel, she realizes it.

THIS is a message kids need to hear! 

What I’m Loving Wednesday 6.10.15

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Thanks for the Linky Michelle!

♥  Everything about Summer!  Waking up late, which means around 7 for me…Drinking coffee on the couch…Reading, writing, browsing Pinterest, and watching my son draw or build with his Legos…Afternoons at the pool…I love everything about summer!

51jt1hDk0GL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_20150610_134350♥  This book!  I just finished Brown Girl Dreaming, my second book off my summer reading list. It was so beautifully written, capturing the time period and a little girl’s coming of age.  Jacqueline Woodson wrote in verse about growing up in a time when the country was changing and people were fighting for equality.  One more book to add to my classroom library for next year!

♥  My new phone!  Now I have a phone that will stay charged!  Woohoo!

IMG_20150609_184638♥  Seeing my son’s eyes after a much needed haircut!  He grows it out all year long and then has to get it cut at the start of summer.  Seven inches chopped off!

Summer Lovin’

Not that kind!  But I am loving these first few days of summer!  (BTW…Can you believe our parents let us watch Grease?!  Even if I was oblivious…)

♥  Trips to Half Price Books with my BFF and great picture book finds like this one…

3046420This is so cute and funny.  I absolutely love the twists and the Tooth Fairy’s attitude!  The thing is, I can’t just read a book anymore without seeing the potential applications in the classroom.  This would be a fantastic mentor text for Fairy Tale Adaptations – completely original twists!

♥  One book crossed off my “Someday List” already…

I-Am-Malala_-How-One--pTRU1-21121877dtI read the version written for young readers.  I am always looking for books that I can recommend to students and I need to beef up my nonfiction reading recommendations.  This one will be added to my library in the fall.  She is an amazing, intelligent, inspiring girl…

I also told [the president] that if America spent less money on weapons and war and more on education, the world would be a better place.  (p.190)

I raise my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. (p.191)

One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.  (p.192)

♥  More time with my favorite…now a fourth grader!  He can have fun with anything…even red solo cups!  Empty of course!

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The Teacher’s Funeral

A Teacher's Funeral

No, you aren’t supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but we all do it sometimes.  I was looking for a book for my son and this title caught my eye.  I’m a teacher.  How could a teacher’s funeral be a comedy?  I read the first paragraph and decided to check it out.

Here’s the first paragraph:

If your teacher has to die, August isn’t a bad time of year for it.  You know August.  The corn is earring.  The tomatoes are ripening on the vine.  The clover’s in full bloom.  There’s a little less evening now, and that’s a warning.  You want to live every day twice over because you’ll be back in the jailhouse of school before the end of the month.

It isn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but it was a fun read.  Because it took place in the early 1900s, it took a few chapters to get my brain into the time period.  If you enjoy historical fiction children’s books and have strong feelings about school (positive or negative) this book might interest you.  However, what interests me is the books that you have read as a result of the cover.  What book did you pick up solely because of the cover?