Tuesday, October 23, 2007

October Storytelling Fun

Each October my 5th and 6th graders love the scary "true" ghost stories of Kathryn Tucker Windham, storyteller extraordinaire from Alabama. The Hole that Won't Stay Filled and The Face in the Courthouse Window capture their attention and imaginations. Find out more about Kathryn by visiting these links

She's a true Alabama treasure and a favorite of our kids.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Want your child to love to read? It takes work.

I recently found on the web this article originally published in the NY Times about how to create readers from our children. Take a look. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/14Rparenting.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Obiviously it's not something that will happen over night. But how about taking steps each day to see that it happens.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Our bookmarks are all in for International School Library Day. We are in the process of sorting and plan to mail them to Sardis Elementary on Wednesday of next week. The fall break we have on Monday and Tuesday has delayed mailing. Hopefully Kevin at Sardis will receive them in time. On Friday SSIS received a package of information on Chilliwack and a British Columbia map from the students at Sardis. It is currently on display in our library.

Upon our return from our short vacation our 5th and 6th graders will be listening to Kathryn Tucker Windham on audio and video tape tell her famous Alabama ghost stories. This is always an anticipated event for the 6th graders who first heard The Face in the Courthouse Window and The Hole that Won't Stay Filled last year as 5th graders. Kathryn is an Alabama treasure that I have had the privilege of meeting on several occasions. You can find out more about her at this website http://www.taletellin.selmaalabama.com/KathrynTuckerWindham.htm

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Where has the time gone?

I can't believe it has been almost 2 months since I last posted. The first nine weeks has gone by and report cards go out next week. We are very busy at SSIS preparing for International School Library Day. Our school was paired with Sardis Elementary School in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Each homeroom class has prepared a poster to place in the hall outside their classroom. On the poster there is information, flags, maps, pictures etc about Alabama, the United States, Chilliwak, British Columbia, and Canada. We have mailed a package containing an Alabama map and travel brochures about Alabama to the students at Sardis. The Sardis librarian, Kevin Kavanagh, has a package on the way to SSIS containing the same type information. We are busy making our bookmarks to send for ISLD which is held on October 22.

This year's theme is Learning: Powered by your School Library

This link will give you the ISLD poster which I cannot figure out how to load on this page.