In the fall, my classroom participated in the Global Read Aloud. It was our first time, so I wasn't sure what to expect. For next year, I am all in to make some solid connections with other classrooms reading the same book. I can't wait to see what is chosen. This year, I read The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. To say that my kids liked this book is a vast understatement. I'd finish a refreshingly short chapter, and shut the book to the following statements:
"You can't stop there!"
"Nooooooo!" (actual number of o's)
This is not a reaction you get from every read aloud. My second graders were captivated. We finished the book hoping for the best for Roz, Brightbill, and their friends. This week I surprised my class with the sequel, The Wild Robot Escapes. For dramatic effect, I sneakily put the copy into one of our bookshelves before the kids walked in for the day. I wanted to see how long it took them to realize it was there. It took less than a minute for one of my students to bring it to me, ask if he could read it, and then promptly shout "LOOK WHAT'S FINALLY HERE!" to his classmates. My little I-waited-for-the-release-of-every-Harry-Potter-book-at-the-stroke-of-midnight heart was overjoyed. I am thrilled that my students have that same anticipation for a brand new book. With the exception of one student who matter-of-factly stated, "that was not my favorite." Which, I was also thrilled with, but that's a post for another time. We began the book together on Monday and I can't wait to hear more "nooooooooo!"
Me: Let's go, we need to get to the cafeteria!
Student: Get to the chopper!
This post has little to do with literacy, with the exception that I'll probably be listening to an audio book during the process. Who else loves a good audio book while exercising? I'm a big music fan, but when I workout I get more into the music and less into what I'm doing and my exercise turns into a running/dancing/lip-syncing hybrid. It's not a good look.
ANYWAY, I am a constantly busy person, and fitness most often gets put to the side. It's nearing the end of March, but I'm setting a new resolution for the year. January can't have all the hopes and dreams. Challenge: Run a 5k once a month. I know I can run that distance and the money always goes to a good cause. Knowing that I have a 5k to work towards might just get me off the couch. Yes, I know I should want to stay in shape for my own health, but my own health also likes to eat a lot of ice cream. The heart wants what the heart wants. Which, in this case, is the desire to be healthier with a strong dose of Mackinac Island Fudge. I'm hoping this challenge will give me another thing I need: a kick in the pants.
I'm going to squeak one in during the last weekend of March. Here we go!
Teacher, reader, tea drinker, and dog mom.