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Monday, April 11, 2016

Looking for a Good Read Aloud?

If you are looking for a good book to read aloud to your child, you should take a look at the Gooney Bird Greene series by Lois Lowry. I am currently reading the first book, Gooney Bird Greene, to the crew. Gooney Bird is a quirky little girl who teaches her second grade class how to tell good stories. The books in the series are funny and the chapters are just the right length for a good bedtime (or anytime) read aloud. Gooney Bird teaches other concepts in the other books in the series - things like poetry, vocabulary, geography, fables, etc. She teaches all of this while the reader is laughing and doesn't even notice that they are learning. This series is written at the end of 3rd grade or beginning of 4th grade level so it would not really be appropriate as a "on my own" book for most of our crew yet. Children are developmentally ready and able to listen to books that are about 2 grade levels above their current reading level so this series is just perfect for reading aloud to students in our crew.

Recently we finished reading aloud, Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst. Both of these are great books that we have all really enjoyed. They are also part of a series of books so look for other books in the series to have for your family read aloud time. Your whole family will enjoy them.

Important Dates
4/22 No School ~ Comp Day for Teachers
5/11 Student-Led Conference for First Grade
5/30 No School ~ Memorial Day
6/1 Last Day of School ~ Nooooo!

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