Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Caldecott Medal

On January 14 at 10 a.m. the 2008 Caldecott Medal will be announced. Children at MHP wait eagerly to learn who will win the book award. They know that the award goes to the illustrator and that many art styles have won the award.
First grade children are reading Caldecott winning folk tales. We loved Rapunzel and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. Next we will hear The Funny Little Woman.
Second grade children are hearing Caldecott biographies. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is an amazing story- and true!!! Philippe Petit shows a great deal of courage.
We also read Snowflake Bentley and looked at a short video clip on his life. Mr. Bentley spent his whole life photographing snowflakes and other things in nature. He was very dedicated and showed perseverence.
http://www.snowflakebentley.com has lots of good information. Bentley's Snow Crystals book is awesome. There are more than 2000 photographs of snowflakes in the book.

Rosemary Wells

Rosemary Wells is our author of the month for January. Her books go along very well with our school's character education focus. We looked at www.rosmarywells.com to get some biographical information about Rosemary Wells. We also looked at the Max and Ruby games on the Nick Jr. page- and played some in the library. Bowling and the toy train were our favorites.
Check out http://www.nickjr.com/shows/max_ruby/online_games/index.jhtml for some fun!
Kindergarten children have been enjoying the Yoko books. We read about teasing in Yoko and thought about ways we could have been nicer to Yoko than her class was. We have also read Mama, Don't Go and Doris' Dinosaur.

Jan Brett

Jan Brett was our author of the month for December. We had lots of fun reading her holiday stories. Because many of Jan Brett's Christmas stories are set in Scandinavia, we spent time learning about Scandinavia and Lapland. Reindeer are really used to pull sleds. People wear blue and red clothes like those worn by Teeka in Wild Christmas Reindeer and the boy from FinnMark in Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve.
We also enjoyed reading Jan Brett's website. She has the very best author website we have found. Check out www.janbrett.com to see the amazing site for yourself. We colored some of the pictures from the site and relly enjoyed learning more about The Three Snow Bears in Jan Brett's video.