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Carrie Bickmore just shared the loveliest photo of her - 15 Jan 2019 03:42

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<p>Carrie Bickmore and Chris Walker welcomed a baby girl named Adelaide a month ago and she’s just provided further proof that the family bonding game is strong!</p> - Comments: 0

Make a Circle - 12 Jan 2019 04:45

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<p><img class="alignleft wp-image-87591 size-medium" src="https://www.hbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/make-a-circle-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://www.hbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/make-a-circle-300x225.jpg 300w, https://www.hbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/make-a-circle-170x128.jpg 170w, https://www.hbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/make-a-circle.jpg 500w, https://www.hbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/make-a-circle-120x90.jpg 120w, https://www.hbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/make-a-circle-150x113.jpg 150w, https://www.hbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/make-a-circle-175x131.jpg 175w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />Children’s books are better today than they were when my own children were small. At least, I think they are. It’s possible that good books existed in the late- to mid-1970s and 1980s, and I lacked the leisure to find them on the shelves. Going to the library in those days didn’t mean searching for quality titles that would educate and amuse my offspring. Mostly, I was watching my daughters, lest one of them decide to barrel through the library’s doors and into traffic.</p>
<p>My older daughter did that as a matriculating toddler. We were in a shoe store, on such a warm spring day that the store owner had propped his door open. While I was writing a check for little sandals, my daughter shot out the door, straight into our town’s busy main street. A passerby brought her back inside, no doubt wanting a look at this poor child’s awful mother. I trembled for weeks.</p>
<p>That experience made me (even more) vigilant and taught me to be grateful for each day that did not include a near-death experience. Perhaps that’s one reason we glommed on to the cheerful, cozy poetry of Arnold Adoff. Adoff and his wife, novelist Virginia Hamilton, lived in Yellow Springs, Ohio, not all that far from our own rural farmhouse. While Hamilton earned many literary accolades for her work, my daughters, still too young for chapter books, loved Adoff’s free verse about family, children, and food. The title poem of one of his books was a favorite and became part of the family lexicon: “make a circle / keep us / in.”</p>
<p>We started saying it as grace before meals. Although we joked about its brevity — food never had a chance to get cold around our table — the six-word prayer that wasn’t exactly a prayer expressed our feelings about family, about our interdependence, about our bond, about our awareness that life is always changing.</p>
<p>Life did change. Both daughters grew up, earned degrees, and married. One evening we met them and their husbands at a restaurant, and our younger daughter handed my husband a birthday gift. When he opened the present, a copy of <i>Make a Circle Keep Us In: Poems for a Good Day</i> (1975, Delacorte), it was like coming upon an old friend. The (now out-of-print) book fell open to that poem, <i>the</i> poem, because my daughter and son-in-law had put an ultrasound picture between those two pages.</p>
<p>Five years and three grandchildren later, our expanded family still joins hands at any meal we share together and says these now very familiar words. My younger daughter visited a local letterpress company and came away with posters of the family grace, which now hang in three dining rooms. For several months, my younger grandson took such delight in making a circle that he insisted his family hold hands several times a meal. “Make a circle, keep us…” the others would say, and then, his solo, performed with gusto: “<i>in</i>!”</p>
<p>Life is always changing, and that grandson, just two, has already outgrown his solo. His brother and cousin, both five years old, are kindergartners fast becoming lured in by popular culture. These children have good, strong parents, and those parents’ values will steady their well-loved progeny. I hope my grandchildren will grow to share those values with others, including their own children, in an ever-widening circle of love and trust. And of course I also hope Adoff’s poetry stays in the family.</p>
<p>“Make a circle, keep us in.” It’s as devout as a prayer needs to be, and as reverent. Amen.</p>

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Source: https://www.hbook.com/2018/11/blogs/family-reading/make-a-circle/ - Comments: 0

Paediatricians urge parents to stop giving toddlers dig - 09 Jan 2019 04:03

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<p>It’s easy to get babies and toddlers to sit still simply by handing them your smart phone or a digital toy. Now, it’s time to seriously think twice about doing this. In a new clinical report, paediatricians are pointing out the negative effects of electronic devices on toddlers. They strongly urge parents to avoid buying and giving their toddlers digital toys and devices, saying it gets in the way of children’s development.&nbsp;</p>
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A meme is a wish your heart makes - 06 Jan 2019 04:10

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Sister: Listen, it's okay. You have so many talents. You should focus on the things you can do, not the things you can't.

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Me: I'm bad at everything. (kicks dirt)
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Sister: No, not true, you're just feeling defeated right now. You're good at lots of things.
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Me: Like cartwheels?
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Sister: Right, cartwheels. But what I was thinking was something like, for example, your discerning attention to detail. You're an excellent judge of character, too, and a keen observer of the world around you. You're sensitive, punctual, and…
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Me: Hey, remember that morning I made you all pancakes in the shape of two people having anal sex?
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Sister: Right. I remember. You fed them to the kids. I had to teach them all what leapfrog was afterwards, to try to explain away what they'd just seen. But when I said you're good at things, I was thinking not so much of sodomy pancakes, but more along the lines of your intellectual assets, like…
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Me: …like my wordless impression of Scott Scanlon, the 90's Beverly Hills 90210 character who accidentally killed himself in Season 2 while playing with his father's gun? Because, not to brag or anything, but seriously. Spot on, right? (twirls imaginary handgun, insecure eyes, twitchy smile)
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Sister: …or your ability to remain calm in times of medical emergency. You can be a source of comfort during difficult moments.
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Me: Yes, pillar of strength, plus yesterday I had a nostril-whistle with such incredible range that I performed almost five verses of Mariah Carey's &quot;Vision of Love.&quot; I was all (finger on earpiece, eyes closed in concentration, up-down Diva hands) and my nose was all hewwwwwwwww! hewwwwwwww! and then I exhaled too hard and it was all hewwwwwWOOOSH!! God. I wish you'd been there.
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Sister: Oh, me too. Definitely sad about that. My point is, don't feel badly about not being able to come up with a viral meme or a fun Tumblr idea. It's not for everyone, you know?
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Me: I was making such progress though. I even learned how to pronounce meme! It's &quot;meem&quot; not &quot;mey-mey&quot; just so you know. And then I almost learned what a meme is. And then I found Tumblr on the Internet, which is not easy on account of it's missing the &quot;e&quot;. Did you know that?
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Sister: Yeah, the &quot;e&quot; is a huge hassle for young people. It's the most cumbersome of the vowels.
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Me: And then I started doing some research; I read all of Courage Wolf
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then Pick-up Panda
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And then I found Garfield Minus Garfield, which consists of Garfield comics with Garfield edited out, leaving Jon muttering to himself, alone and mentally deranged. It may be my favorite thing ever.
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…and I figured, how hard could it be to create my own meme? Well. Very difficult, apparently.
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Sister: I first realized you were kind of off-track when you told me about your idea for Impatient German Alpaca. What was his catchphrase again?
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Me: You know, I honestly can't for the life of me seem to recall at this particular moment. Let's move on.
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Sister: I remember now! It was…
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Sister: …and that was all he ever said!
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Me: What else does an impatient German alpaca say besides schnell? I didn't have much to work with there, did I.
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Sister: And Eminemone, the rapping water polyp?
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Me: That was the most brilliant idea I've ever had, for about 30 seconds.
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Sister: And Ostrichard Dreyfus? And, what was it, Holocaust Reductionist Barnacle? Haha!!
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Me: Sensual Donkey, he was a good one.
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Sister: I was partial to Unsolicited Parenting Advice Trout.
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Me: I felt pretty good about Tough Love Personal Trainer Emu, myself.
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Sister: Had you pursued it, you might have had something special with Sensitive Gorilla, too.
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Sister: Although, I didn't really get your whole &quot;Literal Animal Captions&quot; idea. I don't know. Maybe it's just me.
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Me: It's just you. Trust me. Those were comedy gold.
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Sister: They're just saying hi. Is that it?
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Me: Shh, wait. There's more.
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Me: They're funny because it's TOTALLY WHAT THEY'RE SAYING!
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Sister: What happened here? Looks like you got a little lazy with these last ones.
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<p>Me: Really? Why would you say that?</p>
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Me: So, remember how I received all that positive feedback a couple weeks ago after I posted that photo of me holding a fake gun to my dog's head?

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Sister: Um. No.
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Me: Everyone thought it was so tasteful. People were emailing, begging for more implied animal violence. They just couldn't get enough!
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Review: From Dinosaurs to Diprotodons - 03 Jan 2019 03:10

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<i>From Dinosaurs to Diprotodons</i> is all about Australia's amazing fossils.
<p>Can you explain what a fossil is and where in Australia they have been found?</p>
<p>In <i>From Dinosaurs to Diprotodons </i>you'll be able to read all about fourteen places in Australia at which history has been preserved in the form of dinosaur fossils.</p>
<p>Start with an introduction to the prehistoric eras, and learn how to fossick for fossils (in caves, cliffs and by the sea).</p>
<p>Then explore different Australian locations and the types of dinosaurs found there, from polar dinosaurs at Dinosaur Cove, to Thingodonts and Fangaroos at Riversleigh.</p>
<p>You'll discover that many fossils at Lightening Ridge are made from opals, Titanosaurs (like those found in Queensland) were bigger than buses and semi-trailers, and megafauna fossils were known by Aboriginal people as bunyips.</p>
<p>And don't miss the glossary, or the list of places to go to explore Australian fossils further. </p>
<p>Written by zoologist Danielle Clode, and published by Museums Victoria, who have a large palaeontology collection, <i>From Dinosaurs to Diprotodons</i> is packed full of dinosaur drawings, maps, and trivia — enough for even the most avid dinosaur buffs, and great for school projects.</p>
<p><b>Title:</b> From Dinosaurs to Diprotodons
<b>Author:</b> Danielle Clode
<b>Publisher:</b> Museum Victoria, $ 24.95
<b>Publication Date:</b> August 2018
<b>Format:</b> Paperback
<b>ISBN:</b> 9781921833472
<b>For ages:</b> 5+
<b>Type:</b> Junior non-fiction </p>
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Focus on What Matters - 31 Dec 2018 03:09

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In any organization bureaucracy can take over one's mind, one's attention, and one's direction. This is not what should happen. Instead the mission and vision of the work should lead one forwardwhat does that mean for me heading into the second month of school?
<p><b>Teaching/Learning</b>
I will take the time to look over students' first unit of math study carefully
who achieved and who still needs more teaching and learning in this regard? After that analysis, I'll make plans about when and how I'll reteach and support students who missed some essential learning in that unit. I'll also head into the next unit with all students in ways that have been successful to students in the past. I'll also begin the teaching and learning related to physical science and STEAM study while embedding SEL lessons throughout the teaching and learning. To do that means taking care to thoughtfully plan our first multidisciplinary lesson related to our watershed studythis lesson will include both physical science, math standards.</p>
<p><b>System-Wide Decisions</b>
Our school system leadership will meet with us to discuss changing school start times. I will listen carefully to the proposals and my colleagues questions and ideas. It's important that school start times are ideal for all students not just some, and my research to date points to the fact that the most positive change will cost the system extra money and I will likely choose along the lines of what's best for all students with regard to the research about student health and optimal learning/living.</p>
<p><b>Professional Learning</b>
We have a systemwide professional learning event however we don't know what that will be or where it will be. I am a learner that likes to preview material and learning with good time, so I worry about learning that doesn't include good lead time or an introduction. However, I'll do as I'm asked to do
attend the learning event and cull what I can to develop my practice.</p>
<p><b>Student Service Meeting&nbsp;</b>
We had a very good nuts and bolts student service meeting last week. This week we'll likely go deeper to discuss practices we can embed to serve all students well. This is a positive weekly meeting.</p>
<p><b>ELA Data Meeting</b>
We'll dive into scores and more related to reading instruction this week and make groups for RTI reading instruction where we help students to build fluency and comprehension skills in meaningful ways. This practice has resulted in positive reading and writing growth over the years. It's a lot of work, but work that's worth it.</p>
<p><b>Student Teacher</b>
I'll continue to supervise the student teacher by reviewing the schedule of the week to come, helping her to plan, prepare, and teach lessons, and observing her work in action as she teaches a number of lessons this week. She's an excellent teacher so that's a joy.</p>
<p><b>Teaching in Nature</b>
As noted in the previous post many lessons will revolve around standards-based environmental education this week including multidisciplinary background lessons about watersheds and river habitats, an introduction to the history, geography, and biology of the local habitat, a fun and games study of facts related to the SUASCO watershed, a hands-on model making event, and a class hike and hands-on exploration in nature. This effort will take care and attention to multiple learning points and with dedication will result in an awesome first week of study with our Drumlin farm naturalist coach, students, family members, and educators.</p>
<p><b>Student Response</b>
In keeping with this year's goal, I'll collect this week's practice packet on Tuesday and review students' efforts Tuesday afternoon and evening. On Wednesday I'll review students' online work. I'll provide two mornings of extra help before school, and talk to students and contact families and educators with regard to students who are not keeping up with their practice to see how we might support those students more. My goal is to check in on all learners each week via these feedback loops to ensure that every child is having the opportunity for just-right practice and response on a weekly basis.</p>
<p>As you can see it will be a busy week ahead—one that demands I keep the focus. This is typically true for all educators wherever they teach. Onward. </p>
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Why are Australian children's books suddenly so politic - 28 Dec 2018 03:18

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<p><span class="drop-cap &lt;span class=" drop-capinner="" l<="" pan=""></span>ike etiquette guides for society’s youngest members, children’s books have always had an educational aim. Reckless kids learn caution, selfish kids learn to share, the child who rages at her mother gets her comeuppance. But if children were once taught by books to follow the rules, increasingly, they are being encouraged to break them – or at least, to question them. So what has precipitated this upswell in activist literature for youngsters?</p>
<p>When I ask about the trend<strong> </strong>at the Younger Sun children’s bookshop in Melbourne, a bookseller pulls a dozen examples off the shelves including books about queer theory, feminism, Islam, multiculturalism and citizenship aimed at primary-aged children. Some of these titles are from the US and UK – such as Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz, What Can A Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris and A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara – but many titles are Australian. Diversity and representation is a key theme.</p>
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<p>Three years later, Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls, an American collection of stories about successful women, broke publishing history when it raised more than $600,000 with a crowdfunding campaign. “Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls blew up a trend that was already gathering momentum,” Crocombe says. It spawned a sequel and a range of imitators, including Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different and the Australian book, Shout Out to the Girls.</p>
<p>Self-love in a diverse world is a noticeable trend in the range of new data-link-name=&quot;auto-linked-tag&quot; data-component=&quot;auto-linked-tag&quot; class=&quot;u-underline Australian books. “You’re brown, Belle!” says one child to another in Wide Big World, an exuberant book from author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Isobel Knowles in which kinder kids and their teacher discuss the ways in which they are different. I Love Me by Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina features bright cartoons of Indigenous kids and encourages readers to be their own biggest fans. Meanwhile, Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys’ All the Ways to be Smart celebrates creativity and emotional intelligence.</p>
<p>“Australia has a strong tradition of social awareness in its children’s books,” Rosemary Johnston, professor of education and culture at Sydney’s University of Technology, says. Johnston says even Dot and the Kangaroo, published in 1899, urges the protection of native animals, and the 1918 May Gibbs classic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie<em> </em>warns against pulling flowers out by the roots. “The importance of the environment, respect for Indigenous people, racial and gender equality and multiculturalism have been themes in Australian children’s books for years. These themes come in waves, and perhaps we’re seeing a resurgence now.”</p>
<p>Gender stereotypes are gently rebuked in Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer, which depicts a diverse range of families, including one with two dads, in moments of candid domesticity. In Want to Play Trucks by Ann Stott and Bob Graham, one boy wants to play with trucks, the other with dolls. Potential conflict is avoided when a compromise is found – the dolls drive trucks.</p>
<p>“Picture books are usually part of a shared reading experience, and allow families to negotiate group norms and navigate uncomfortable experiences,” says Leonie Rutherford, senior lecturer in writing and literature at Deakin University. “Children’s books reflect changes in political discourse and social concerns, and books about same-sex families and gay identities are more prevalent now.”</p>
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<p>Intercultural friendship is also a theme in recent releases, such as My Muslim Mate by Amal Abou-Eid, and My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald and Freya Blackwood. In the latter, a migrant child finds Australian culture scary until she makes a new friend and starts learning English. Blankets are a metaphor for language and culture, and two blankets provide extra warmth. But sometimes the politics are more pointed: I’m Australian Too, by Mem Fox and Ronojoy Ghosh, uses rhyming verse to celebrate Australia’s multicultural heritage, but ends on a poignant and explicitly political note, with an illustration of a child in a refugee camp and the words: “Sadly, I’m a refugee / I’m not Australian yet / But if your country lets me in, I’d love to be a vet”.</p>
<p>With an election year approaching, and issues of race and gender being kicked around like a political hacky sack, it certainly seems like it might be a good time to snuggle up with a child and read together about an inclusive, diverse Australia.</p>
<p><strong>Wide Big World by Maxine Beneba Clarke, illustrated by Isobel Knowles
</strong>“You’re brown, Belle!” says one child to another, starting an exuberant book about the joys of diversity. With its crisp use of words and rhythm, this book is fun to read aloud.</p>
<p><strong>My Muslim Mate by Amal Abou-Eid
</strong>When they’re not busy riding their scooters, Charlie and Khaled chat about their similarities and differences. Simply illustrated, the book is a great starting point for kids to learn more about Islam.</p>
<p><strong>Love Makes A Family by Sophie Beer
</strong>“Love is baking a cake. Love is knowing where everything is.” This bright, bold book for toddlers depicts a diverse range of families in moments of candid domesticity.</p>
<p><strong>All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys
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Ten graphic novels to read again &amp; again (ages 8-15 - 25 Dec 2018 03:06

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Graphic novels have hooked many kids on reading. Kids find their favorites, reading them again and again, but I also love to encourage my students to read widely. I also encourage parents to read aloud graphic novels with their kids — these stories are full of things to talk about and enjoy together.
<p>Here are ten of my favorite graphic novelssome are silly, some are out of this world, and some will make you think and wonder. Check out my target=&quot;_blank Graphic Novels shelf on target=&quot;_blank <b>Goodreads</b> for more. All of them have terrific characters and stories that make you want to keep reading.</p>
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<b>series</b>, by Kazu Kibuishi: This series combines mystery, adventure and fantasy as Emily and her younger brother search for their mother, captured in an alternate universe. Em and Navin follow their mother into an underground world full of demons, robots, and talking animals. A favorite series with its epic fantasy and adventure. (
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<b>series</b>, by Ann M. Martin, illustrated by Raina Telgemeier and Gale Galligan. These graphic novel adaptations add energy and humor to Ann Martin’s classic Baby Sitters Club series. Four best friends help each other deal with everything from crabby toddlers, enormous dogs and prank calls. With relatable characters and straight-forward plots, these make a great entry into graphic novels for developing readers. Definitely check out the target=&quot;_blank two new books in this series, just released this year. (
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<b>target=&quot;_blank Giants Beware!</b>, by Jorge Aguirre, illustrated by Rafael Rosado: Claudette, a feisty warrior-in-training, is determined to follow her father's footsteps and slay a giant. Never mind that she's tiny, hotheaded, and a girl
she is absolutely sure she's perfect for the job. Aguirre and Rosado weave in surprises, tension and plot twists throughout the story. Best of all, Claudette constantly defies the expectations society sets for her. (
<i>ages 8-12</i>)
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<b>target=&quot;_blank El Deafo</b>, by Cece Bell: When she was four years old, cartoonist Cece Bell became severely deaf after she contracted meningitis. This delightful, heartfelt memoir shares her journey through school, searching for friends, trying to fit in and dealing with her deafness. She mixes warmth and humor with complex issues. (
<i>ages 8-12</i>)
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<b>target=&quot;_blank Hilo</b>
<b>series</b>, by Judd Winick: D.J. Lim’s life turns from ordinary to exciting when he discovers Hilo, an extraterrestrial boy wearing nothing but silver underpants. This story is full of action and humor, as Hilo and D.J. battle robots and giant insects intent on destroying Hilo’s home planet. (
<i>ages 8-12</i>)
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<b>target=&quot;_blank The Prince and the Dressmaker</b>, by Jen Wang: Prince Sebastian feels comfortable identifying both male and female, often wearing dresses and going out as his alter ego, Lady Crystallia. When he hires Frances, a young seamstress, to make him a wardrobe of boldly beautiful, dazzling dresses, Frances hesitates at first, but they soon discover a shared passion for fashion. Incorporating the feel of classic fairytales, Wang creates a story that revolves around friendship, following your dreams and speaking your truth. (ages 10-15)
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<b>target=&quot;_blank Princeless</b>
<b>series</b>, by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by M. Goodwin: When Princess Adrienne’s parents lock her away in a castle guarded by a dragon to await rescue by a prince, she decides to take matters into her own hands. I love this feisty heroine—we have so few stories with characters of color, where race isn’t an issue. Readers are able to enjoy classic fairy tale setting in this graphic novel, while turning so many stereotypes and tropes on their heads. (
<i>ages 8-12</i>)
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<b>target=&quot;_blank Roller Girl</b>, by Victoria Jamieson: Astrid joins a roller derby boot camp the summer before middle school, making new friends and navigating this rough-and-tumble sport. My students love the way Astrid deals with friendship issues and discovers her own strength and stamina. (
<i>ages 9-13</i>)
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<b>target=&quot;_blank Secret Coders&nbsp;series</b>, by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Mike Holmes: Hopper isn’t sure she’s going to like her new school, especially with its creepy birds and crazy janitor, but things turn around as she and her new friends use logic and computer programming to discover the school’s secrets. Kids love the way they’re drawn into figuring out logic puzzles right alongside Hopper. (
<i>ages 8-12</i>)
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<b>target=&quot;_blank Smile</b>, by Raina Telgemeier: Raina Telgemeier’s memoirs
<b>target=&quot;_blank Smile</b> and
<b>target=&quot;_blank Sisters</b> are absolute favorites. She draws readers in with her relatable situations and humor, creating a real bond as she reflects on family relationships, friendship dramas and the pressures tweens face at school and at home. This remains one of my family's all-time favorite read alouds. (
<i>ages 8-14</i>)
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<b>target=&quot;_blank The Witch Boy</b>, by Molly Ostertag: This graphic novel will appeal to readers with its magical setting and strong protagonist. In Aster's village, there are very clear expectations: girls will learn witchcraft and spells, while boys will learn to become shapeshifters. Yet Aster longs to learn spells and is not interested in the other boy's aggressive play. When several boys go missing, Aster tries to use his developing magical abilities to solve the mystery. I especially appreciated the way Aster questions society's gender expectations and stays true to himself. A delightful graphic novel — I'm looking forward to reading the sequel,
<b>The Hidden Witch</b>, which has just come out. (ages 8-12)
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Student-Led Family-Teacher Conferences - 22 Dec 2018 03:13

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Students are invited to lead their fifth grade conferences.
<p>Guided by a showcase portfolio, students begin with the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and events that bring them happiness. Teachers tell parents that we want students to know what makes them happy, and we know that happy students are more successful students.</p>
<p>Then many share their past-present-future timelines, timelines that integrate life events before they were born, during their life, and their imagined future. After that the children read an example of their writing—beautiful examples including &quot;The Best Part of Me&quot; and/or an &quot;Autumn Snapshot.&quot; Next they share their text that tells who they are as a reader and specific examples of deep reading study. Math reflections, social-emotional learning assessment/goals, images and rating of special learning events, and examples of signature learning are also presented.</p>
<p>As the teacher I share a number of data points related to math and reading assessments as well as learning comments written by my grade-level colleagues. Throughout the presentation students, family members, and I discuss possible strategies, resources, and ideas related to learning challenges or needs that occur, and in the end, family members and students are asked to share any needs or questions they have about the learning year.</p>
<p>These student-led family-student-teacher conferences are a keeper because they put the students center stage in a conversation about his/her learning. The showcase portfolios serve as a good guide now, and later will serve as a grade-level keepsake. We've grown this effort over the past many years, and the results are continually better. This process gives voice to every child in an atmosphere that supports, celebrates, and directs his/her studies. I'm sure we will continue to develop this approach, and in the meantime I welcome your ideas. </p>
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Melted Crayon Art - 19 Dec 2018 03:19

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Melted crayon art is the perfect way to use up old crayons and broken pieces. &nbsp;Plus, it's gorgeous!
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See what happens when you stick some crayons into an old glue gun.
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<div style="text-align: justify; Make&nbsp;splatter paintings&nbsp;with crayons. ~&nbsp;&lt;i&gt;Artistic Junkie&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;br/&gt;&lt;div style=" text-align:="" justify;="" melt [http:="" mycraftyadventures.com="" 013="" 9="" 5="" ore-crayon-melting-fun-with-the-boys="" crayon="" shavings="" between="" wax="" paper] then="" mix="" the="" colors="" together.="" ~ <i="">
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Babble Dabble Do
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<div style="text-align: justify; Make melted crayon drawings. ~ &lt;i&gt;Picklebums&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div style=" text-align:="" justify;="" <br=""></div>
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Housing a Forest
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<div style="text-align: justify; Set up a toddler friendly crayon melting session. ~ Meri Cherry&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div style=" text-align:="" justify;="" <br=""></div>
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