Monday, December 10, 2007

Library Conference

Ms. Nugent and I had the opportunity to spend last friday with David Loertscher. He's a former librarian and college professor. He teaches on ways to make the library program more useful and more in tune with current technology. We learned about blogging in the library, how to use wikis to share information, and other places where students can share documents. It was a useful day and I'm looking forward to incorporating some more technology into this library program.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Author of the Month- Jan Brett

We've been enjoying reading books by Jan Brett and looking at her website .
The website has all kinds of information about Jan and her books. We listened to Hedgie read a story, checked out several online activities and listened to Jan discuss how she wrote The Three Snow Bears.
Second grade students are now learning about Christmas customs in other lands. Today we read Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve after we learned about Norwegian Christmas customs. Some traditions were evident in the pictures.
First grade children are learning about folktales. The Three Snow Bears and Town Mouse, Country Mouse are wonderful examples of the folk process. Jan Brett's drawings are so detailed that the stories really come alive. We are amazed at the way she can make rocks, needlework and wood look real!