I love this Reading Awareness music video by the students of Dowell Middle School, McKinney, TX. I bet your children are going to sing it just as obsessively as mine do!
The Buckeye Children’s Book Award is now seeking nominations for 2011. Ohio is the only state to have a statewide book award program nominated and voted on exclusively by students. Students may nominate their favorite books until March 10. The top five nominations in each category are announced by the end of March, so teachers, librarians and students can become familiar with the nominated books and read them throughout the spring and summer. Voting will take place from September 1 – November 10, and the winners will be announced on December 1. Students may only nominate books by American authors, originally published in the previous 2 years.
Have your local kindergartners through 8th graders go here to nominate a book:
Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? It was the Union Township toddlers at Toddlertime on February 9th and 10th. We also practiced taking turns feeding shapes to a puppy puppet and building a giant pretend hamburger. Our puppy feeding game was designed to improve their narrative skills by building on a rhyme we’d just heard. We danced and listened to stories on a picnic blanket. Our Wednesday class finished by crafting a necklace of food (Hurray for fine motor skills!) while our Thursday class honed their social skills during playgroup. Our theme? Mealtime and Narrative Skills, of course.
Each week we practice different literacy skills. For example, acting out stories or parts of them, having young children use their whole bodies, helps them internalize and understand what is happening in the story. We hope they will be able to tell the story back to you, especially their favorites, which they like to hear over and over again.
Drop into the Union Township Toddlertime – no registration required. We meet Wednesdays and/or Thursdays at 10:30am. February 16 and 17′s theme is playtime and letter knowledge - out comes the parachute. On February 23rd and 24th, we celebrate bathtime and print awareness. The toddlers will be helping us give some dolls a bath… (Please wish Miss Garria and me luck!)
Pat’s all-time favorite movie when she was a child was Disney’s Jungle Book. She remembers seeing it in an air conditioned theater while living overseas in Saudi Arabia and loving it so much that she begged to see it a second time the same day – and NOT just for the air conditioning! She especially loved Baloo and the silliness in the the King Louis scene. It’s still her favorite Disney movie as an adult.
Pat has been providing storytimes to children for more than 25 years here in Clermont County, spending her last several years at the Union Township Branch. These days she watches more comedy than Disney and would especially recommend Marmaduke. “Owen Wilson is perfectly cast as Marmaduke’s voice,” says Pat. She is owned by two dogs that are true characters. Her dog Dulley reminds her of Marmaduke, always getting into trouble with his high energy and expressive personality.
Clermont County Public Library owns more than 100 movies featuring dogs as well as shorter cartoons. Click the links below to connect to our lists.