Thursday, July 7, 2016

Boston Public Library Branches

Get out and read! There's a library near you...if you can't find your library card bring something that has your name and address on it and get reading! The map below is online here.



Check out these amazing reading spaces around the world...just checking in to make sure your are reading this summer!!! Click Here!

Biblioburro Comes to Orchard Gardens!

During June ALL of the 1st grade students at Orchard Gardens received a copy of Biblioburro by Monica Brown. This is a true story of Luis Soriano and his work to bring books to children in the rural areas of Columbia. Special guest visitor Karen Gallagher from the Dudley Branch BPL read us the book and then we watched a short video about the real Luis Soriano!

The books were provided by Mayor Walsh and the Boston Public Library as part of the White House Initiative known as ConnectED. In addition to the books, every 1st grader (and at OG nearly 98% of our student body) have active BPL cards. (If your child has lost their card, Ms. M is happy to make them a new card in the fall - but don't wait - go to your branch with another form of ID and get your summer reading on!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

On your mark, get set, READ!

Connect to the Boston Public Schools summer readings lists for ALL grades.



Kindergarten 2015-2016...it's a wrap!

June went by like a flash and I didn't have a second to spare to bring you up-to-date on the many wonderful things going on in our classroom. Here's a quick summary...

Letter W




We read Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert. Students connected their kindergarten classroom experience learning about the life cycle of a butterfly with reading in the library. They are very eager to share their vocabulary knowledge of the life cycle with words such as "chrysalis" and "cocoon." We used the letter "W" to draw butterflies and also make some gorgeous butterflies ourselves.

Letters X, Y & Z

We read a couple of books to complete our Alphabet Journey...skipped over X ever so briefly we returned to a favorite author/illustrator and read Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka. Watch this great version of the book here.





We ended our journey with The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni. In this story the letters learn that they are stronger when they connect to make words and even stronger when their words become IMPORTANT sentences.

If your Kindergarten student attended library you should have received your child's book complete with their September "Ready for Reading" photo on the cover.




Take some time with your child this summer and read through the pages of their book. Plan a visit to your neighborhood branch library and reread some of their favorite stories. Have a great summer and happy reading!