Friday, December 13, 2013

Grinch in the library and much much more...

This week in the library we have been on the holiday countdown. Counting down till we see Santa next week, till we enjoy the Christmas store in the library, till we have Christmas cookies and movie day in the library, or until we have our classroom parties and or our long Christmas break. YEAH!

This week has been so much fun. We chilled out in the library and enjoyed Christmas stories and even made connections with the Grinch! Is that possible? Sure it is!!!


Not only did we read this story we created an anchor chart to go along with it. How might we make the Grinch smile? We came up with a lot of great ideas! My favorite was, read him a book.  See our chart.

Some of our other fun stories we shared this week. 
Our 3 Month Reading Challenge has officially come to an end.
  Feeling pretty accomplished that I accepted this challlenge and met it too.  I will post a final list with all my titlles next week. 

Happy holidays!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Wrapping things up in the library....

I missed blogging for the last week. With the holiday and being sick I have been playing catch up, both at home and at work. I completely lost my voice and felt miserable through the holiday.
I am doing much better now and I am starting to finally feel more myself.

I didn't post last week that my Kindergarten friends made a book of what they are most thankful for this holiday season. Here are a few pictures.

Madison is thankful for her friends.
Pierce is thankful for his family.

Mrs. Barrett's class received our book from Mrs. Young's class this past week and we absolutely loved getting to see it.  She wrote us an amazing letter and sent us a fun game to play. Thanks so much to our friends. We sent ours out late due to me being sick. Hope we hear back from them soon. We created a book from the photo's above.
My first grade friends finished their persuasive writing and their Pigeon/Turkey craft. I was pretty impressed at how well they all did. We also talked about "how to" make Kool-aid. As, the first graders begin their next writing activity. We talked about directions and following directions. We discussed how sometimes it is difficult to follow directions that are not clear. We talked about many things that we know how to do all by ourselves. How would we explain how to do these things to someone else. We selected a topic "Kool-aid". Many of us know how to make Kool-aid. We discussed how we could organize our directions that it might be clear to someone who has never made Kool-aid. And what a terrific job they did.

We also have been working on an author study of Karma Wilson. We shared the "Bear series" Titles like: Bear Snores On, Bear says Thanks, Bear Feels Sick, Bear Feels Scared,  Bears Stays Up For Christmas. We made lots of connections with these books. We also noticed that the book is about friendship. The books start one way and end with the friends having the same type of experience as Bear. The books are fun and are in rhyme.

 Our fact of the week was selected from the Scholastic News Book (which I highly recommend).
The kids have checked out the rest of the series and I have a waiting list on some of these titles. Fun facts for kids.

Our spotlight book must have been a little bit  of wishful thinking on my part. Nonetheless I really love this book. It depicts the many different things one might do on a snow day. What fun!

  I have compiled a Winter/Christmas list of books you probably don't want to miss:
 I wrapped these  books up for my grandsons to read to them this month.

Book Challenge

We are wrapping up the challenge and we have 1 week left.
December 15th is our final day of the challenge.
Did you complete it? Did you read some books you might not have otherwise read?
Well I most certainly did. It was a lot of fun. I hope you will share some of your amazing stories
and book list with me. I am on my last book. I actually turned to my son for an idea of an author with my initials and he suggested this book: Fallen By Traci Slatton

Christmas DIY Sign

Our amazing art teacher, Mrs. Holaday is providing staff with a fun holiday craft instructional. We all think she is pretty amazing. So I thought I would share my craft with you. Now because I was sick I missed the first class. Mrs. Holaday  came down to the library and told me exactly what to do so I could catch up. So here goes.

1. Select  the board the size you would like your sign to be. Sand it and put vaseline on in random areas of the board.
2. After allowing it to dry paint the board with black paint.
3. After allowing that to dry, put more vaseline on the black paint in random areas.

4. After allowing that to dry I painted the sign the color I wanted it to be. (Red)

5. Then I printed what I want the sign to say:

Merry Christmas  but in  Christmas Font. 

I hope it all works out, Mrs. Holaday has our next craft class scheduled for this coming Tuesday. I will continue posting my progress.

I just joined yet another swap. I actually love being involved in these different swaps. This newest one is called the Cheer up Swap! For those of you who can't wait for spring to arrive, I am right there with you!!! I really love the holidays but I dislike the cold weather. So this swap will be a fun count down to spring for me.  This one doesn't start until Feb. so sign up if you are like me and would love to meet someone new and share some swaps through the mail.
I just finished sending off my 2 other swaps I have been involved in and were they ever fun. 2 of my most favorite things Christmas and books. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! I will totally unveil my reveals as they arrive. Can't wait!
As I begin to wrap up the many things going on both at home and at school, I realize how much we have going on and how much more I could be sharing. I am looking forward to the holidays and welcoming in a new year. I hope your families have a very happy holiday season.
Remember if you are lost for a gift idea, a book makes a perfect gift! :)

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!!!
Mrs. Shamhart

Monday, November 18, 2013

Reading, Writing and Crafting in the library.

This week in the library 1st grade friends continued working on their writing.

We started out by setting the purpose for our writing.   Tom Turkey has disguised himself as a pigeon to keep from being eaten on Thanksgiving! He needs everyone's help to convince people to eat hot dogs instead of turkey for their holiday meal! Next, my kiddos brainstormed, from the turkey's point of view, good reasons to eat hot dogs on Thanksgiving. See our anchor chart here:

In Kindergarten we shared are Turkey disguises. We hung them all in the hallway. Thanks to Gabby, they were hung up as soon as we finished sharing them. Gabby is Mrs. Dunlap's High School class helper. Kindergarten students were so happy and excited to share their crafts they created. I have had so many people comment on the turkeys and their disguises. Parents, grandparents, visitors, teachers and students have all enjoyed seeing the turkeys in the hall. Way to go Kindergarten!

  Our fact of the week was shared by our 1st grade friends, after sharing what we already knew about turkeys and what we learned after reading about turkeys.
This is such a fun mystery. It is a mystery but it isn't scary at all. It is a seies I love to share when we talk about mysteries. It is so funny and when you find out what happened to the jelly donut you laugh out loud. Love this series by Denys Cazet.
Book club is moving right along and I'm finishing up Beth Harbison's latest book. My next book choice is called Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber This choice will fulfill my holiday reading selection.  
Well I have done it once again, I signed up for another swap... This one is through Chaotic Goddess Swaps: Called 12 Days Of Christmas Swaps.   
Fill a package with 12 individually-wrapped gifts that your partner will love. You get to open one gift per day, from December 13th through December 24th! If this is something you might enjoy check it out.
Happy reading,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Teddy Bears and Turkeys....

Teddy Bear Week

This week we celebrated Teddy Bear week with Kindergarten in the library. Sharing wonderful stories about Teddy bears and sharing some of our own fun stories as well.  We read Corduroy by Don Freeman, Little Teddy Left Behind by Ann Mangan and Teddy Bear by David Mcphail.
We also talked about "Living and Non Living Things"...this is a lesson they have already discussed in their classrooms and I was very pleased to see just how much and how many of them remembered.
See our anchor chart we created:

On Thursday, Kindergarten received a turkey that they took home to disguise. Students will  share in the fun, with their family. In an effort to avoid Farmer Mack Nugget in serving their turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. This project isn't due in until Wednesday, November 13th but I have already received a bunch of awesome disguised turkeys. This has been so much fun.  See a few I have collected so far:  

I can't wait to see what other disquises they choose to use. I will post a wall photo as soon as possible.

In First grade my friends and I are working on a fun Thanksgiving project which will take several visits to the library. First we read the story T'was The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
we brainstormed about how we might disguise our turkey. We started making connections to other stories and decided to use Mo Willems character "The Pigeon" In doing so, we read the book Pigeon Finds a Hotdog.

We thought, in order to save our turkey maybe we could try to persuade our families to eat hotdogs instead of turkey on Thanksgiving. This writing assignment and turkey/pigeon we will create this coming week. We already have started coming up with some great reasons to eat hotdogs instead of turkey. I think parents and families will be impressed.

My friend Caryss and her family donated pumpkins to our library. A great big thank you to West Country Mart for your donation!

Fact of the week in the library was created by our pumpkin investigation last week.

Ms. S. selected our book of the week. What an appropriate book!!! Kevin Henkes Old Bear is a wonderful story: It's already snowing when Old Bear settles in his cave, ready to hibernate for the winter. He has a dream that it's spring and he's a cub again. His dream continues through summer, autumn, and winter. When he wakes, it really is spring. What a wonderful story to explain the different seasons. Not to mention the fact that many first graders have been working on an author study of Kevin Henkes. They have loved reading and comparing all of his books and learning about his writing style and beginning to recognize his illustrations.

UPDATE: Charlie Hinkle sent me a message this past week and this is what he said:

Today, many Soldiers started receiving care packages from XXXX Primary School in  KS. Of the Soldiers that I saw receive them, they were very excited and grateful for the gift. It made their day. I would like to extend a special thanks to Tula Shamhart and the staff for coordinating and organizing the packages. A lot of work and a lot of love went into those packages. Even before I left from work tonight, one of Soldiers was drafting up an email to the teacher and the class that left him a card in his box. Thank you Tula and teachers and students.
On another note....

The reading challenge is going great!
I finished the book TheWitches Daughter by Paula Brackston

The Witch's Daughter is an entertaining and moving story. A book worth reading! I was entranced from the beginning until the end. Paula Brackston did a wonderful job giving her main character a unique and believable voice. She did what a lot of authors sometimes fail to do; she made Bess believable. The reader will find themselves sucked into another world and time. The story spans several decades and uses several historical events as back drops for Bess's story.
 This is for the person who likes to be transported away sometimes of a fantastical and wholly unique world. One were witches can be good, some bad and the struggle between the two. This being said you won't be disappointed. For a Halloween week read this was AWESOME!

The book I am currently reading is:
Beth Harbison's newest novel!!!
Beth Harbison is one of my most favorite authors!  Most all of her books are laugh out loud funny. I haven't been disappointed in one of her books this far and I am hoping for a fun read with her latest book. I will keep you posted on this latest book next week.

Great news my slant box came in, from my new friend Ashley.

I love all my gifts and thanks so much for the card! It means a lot to me.
Out the back window. I am loving the fall colors!

Happy Reading,
Mrs. Shamhart