Reader’s Chair

03/05/2010

Each Wednesday individual students have the opportunity to share a book of their choice with the class.

Students are given one week to choose a “just right book” to share. Students are expected to practice reading their book aloud to family and friends at home. Students present the book to their class, reading the book aloud, engaging the audience by making eye contact, showing illustrations and asking questions to check for their understanding.

This week in Ms. Tima’s class, Nyan read Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish. He read with confidence and enthusiasm. He stopped every once in awhile to ask the students to make a prediction on how Amelia Bedelia would interpret the instructions she was given. Amelia does exactly what she is asked to do. “Draw the drapes when the sun comes in” is exactly what Amelia does. She grabs a sketchbook and draws the drapes. The children all loved to see how she would “dress the turkey”.

Also in Ms. Tima’s class, Naaba chose a story from the Curious George Treasury. Naaba loves Curious George, and chose to read Curious George Goes Camping. It was evident that Naaba has read this story many times, as he read with a smile on his face, and would often laugh before we learnt what was funny. Naaba felt this was the perfect story to share with the class, as he thought they would appreciate the trouble Curious George gets into. And just to make sure we didn’t miss anything, Naaba would point to small details in the illustrations to help his audience visualise the story even more.

In Mr. McKillip’s class Daniel chose to read the classic tale The King, The Mice And The Cheese. It was obvious that Daniel enjoyed reading this book aloud as he read with expression and made sure to heed punctuation. He also made sure his audience was engaged by showing them not only his face but also the pictures on each page. Daniel was well received with many questions and comments at the end of his book. Well done Daniel!

This Week’s IST Grade 2 Reading Recommendations:

Amelia Bedelia
Written by Peggy Parish and Illustrated by Fritz Siebel
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Printing edition (August 30, 1992)
Language: English

Curious George Treasury
Written by H. A. Rey
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: HMH Books (October 25, 2004)
Language: English

The King, The Mice And The Cheese
Written by Nancy and Eric Gurney
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 63 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1965)
Language: English


Reader’s Chair

26/04/2010

Each Wednesday individual students have the opportunity to share a book of his/her choice with the class. This week, Talin (G2M), Aryan, Ilsa and Vansh (G2N) had the opportunity to share one of their favorite books.

Students are given one week to choose a “just right book” to share. Students are expected to practice reading their book aloud to family and friends at home. Students present the book to their class, reading the book aloud, engaging the audience by making eye contact, showing illustrations and asking questions to check for their understanding.

Talin chose a Step-Into-Reading book to share with the class. Talin obviously practiced reading her book at home as she read aloud with lots of expression. Her audience was thoroughly engaged listening as she changed her voice from narrator to the gruff gravelly voice of the dragon. Talin also made sure to stop from time to time to ask her audience questions to check for understanding.

At the conclusion of her reading, Talin presented the class with a scale she made at home. She used the scale to illustrate the weight and measure concepts from the story. Talin asked her audience to help her reenact the weighing contest from the story demonstrating that two items don’t necessarily weigh more than one.

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Aryan read Fun With Friends, a Bobbie Kalman Book. It is a book full of delightful poems about friendship. Aryan read with lots of rhythm and energy. It was a book he enjoyed reading and got the rest of the class thrilled about poetry and talking about the things they like to do with their friends. The poem Being a Good Friend got the children to talk about their feelings, and opened the class to a lot of discussion. Thanks Aryan!

Other students to have a turn at the Reader’s Chair were Kizito who shared an Enid Blyton short story, The Goblin Hat, Ilsa who read Rose and Flo by Judy Nayer, a funny book filled with rhyming words, and Vansh who read The Sheppard and the Lion.

This Week’s IST Grade 2 Reading Recommendations:

The Dragon’s Scales
Written by Sarah Albee
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 19, 1998)
Language: English

“When a hot-tempered dragon seizes the local bridge, the people of Berryville are cut off from their supply of beloved strawberries until they can correctly answer three questions related to weight. The grownups of the town are stumped, but one very smart little girl saves the day with some facts she learned in school.” — from Amazon.com

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Fun With My Friends (In My World)
Written by Bobbie Kalman
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Crabtree Pub Co (September 1985)
Language: English


John Kilaka Is Back!

19/04/2010

John Kilaka, author and illustrator who visited us earlier this year, will be visiting the library on Thursday at 1:00 selling 8 of his Amazing Tree books for 30,000TSH each. He will also sign them! Please send money with your child if you are interested in purchasing and your library bag if you want him to sign it as well!