Charise Mericle Harper celebrated a birthday this week, and we are having a great time reading her book Cupcake. Chavela and the Magic Bubble is riveting — it’s either the magic or the “chicle” (gum). Students are amazed with Waiting for the Biblioburro (and grateful for the library that they have access to each week).
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we have two display shelves full of picture and early reader books from Hispanic authors and/or featuring Latino/a characters. We will be reading selections through October 15.
The fourth grade is reading A Handful of Stars in class, and we are continuing to build our collection of diverse picture, early reader, and fiction books.
This week, we read The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art. The students enjoyed this beautifully illustrated story, and were fascinated by Kandinsky’s likely synesthesia (he saw music).
This week, we introduced our Upper School students to Merriam Webster online website:
We then explored how words come to be words in the English language by watching this Ted-Ed video:
And then watched a piece from CBS this morning about how Merriam Webster stays relevant in National Conversations (hint: the definitions of words matter!):
Welcome to the third week of school. We hope you are finding great selections to check out and read. We continue to get new books across all reading and interest levels, and encourage you to give us suggestions also.
Lower school students have gotten to hear some wonderful stories about libraries and school. Many especially loved Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook, Library Lion, and Beatrice Doesn’t Want To.
Upper school students were introduced and invited to participate in the first Reading Mini-Challenge. It runs through October 16, and students participating in the challenge will read five fiction or non-fiction chapter books in five (of a selection of ten) categories. If there are questions about the challenge, please let us know.
In other news, we have begun getting all 3rd-8th graders DC Public Library cards. This will enable students to access all the DC Public Library online research tools.
Mrs. Morell and Mrs. Ingoglia
Here are a few screen shots from our Back to School Prezi.
We are thrilled to be starting the new school year!