Most of us have a favorite... it may be that cute trio of pigs, the sumptuous looking gingerbread man we really wish wouldn't escape or that ridiculously panicked chicken watching the sky like we are for rain right now - either way, we all know them - Folk and Fairy Tales!
They are such a comforting tradition that I decided: this time of year, as we push through these rainy months, is a cozy time for some traditional reads.
That means that for our Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes, the coming 4 weeks are all about Folk Tales: we're covering everything from how & why they came about; the lessons learned, their commonalities and finally - the traditions they echo all over the world.
Did you know for example, that there may be as many as 800 version of Cinderella from around the world, dating back to 850 AD?!
Meanwhile our 2nd Graders began a five week block of lessons around Digital Citizenship: learning the basics of how to safe safe on the Internet. While we cover this topic on some level with every grade here at Reed, our 2nd Graders take more of a deep dive - for more information, visit my Digital Citizenship page or one of my posts - Navigating the Internet; A Further Step into the Ether or Those Pesky Little Steps.
To learn more, check out Common Sense Media
It was a wonderful return to Reed this week! So special to see all our friends after the Holidays and think about all the exciting events ahead for 2019 (like Book Fair!).
To celebrate Winter - which I know many people don't always enjoy (but between us, I do love a good rainy day excuse to curl up with coffee & my book), I decided to share one of my favorite new Nonfiction Books Mama Dug a Little Den by Jennifer Ward.
Many contemporary Nonfiction books have a magical way of sharing facts & information, cocooned in an almost fictional nest of text & illustrations.
And this one is no different, as while every page has a fun fact about an animal's den, there is also an opening one-verse poem to offer clues about the purpose of the den.
Being Winter, this was the perfect opportunity to touch on Hibernation & watch a Mystery Science all about a few lesser known winter survivals tricks (don't forget to ask your kiddos where frogs go in Winter!) on top of looking at the versatility of a den.
Welcome to the on-line home of Reed Library! I'm so pleased you came to visit & hope you keep coming back to read my blog on our latest happenings, new books & our exciting digital citizenship program!