Archive for December 2009

Season’s Readings!

December 25, 2009

I hope you got some good books for Christmas! I usually buy myself some and put them under the tree, but this year for some reason I gave books to everyone else but not to myself! Click on “comment” below and tell me what awesome books you got for Christmas!

Snow poems by Mrs. Jerome’s 4th graders

December 17, 2009

Here are some poems about snow by fourth graders in Mrs. Jerome’s class.

SNOW by Marta

Snow is inspiring and delicate

When I see the flakes whirl and twirl

I just want to go and dance the way they do.



Opalescent (white)


SNOW by Matthew

When I’m out playing in the fluffy sticky snow

it’s almost as if the snow flakes are playing with me.
The way the snow blows in my face is almost like

a sweet summer breeze on a boat in the middle of the ocean.

When I walk on the snow it feels like I’m  walking on a cloud.

I’ve heard your favorites: here are mine!

December 17, 2009

The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden and illustrated by Maine’s own Barbara Cooney is one of my holiday favorites.  I remember reading it to my daughter when she was little, and this year I brought it in from home and shared it with a 2nd grade class.  It is a story about holiday wishing:  a Christmas doll wants a girl, an orphan girl wants a doll  and a home, and a childless woman wants a child.   Do wishes come true??

Addy’s Christmas by Samantha Porter is part of the American Girls series.  Addy is a young girl who ran away on the Underground Railroad, and in this second book in the series, she and her mother are celebrating their first Christmas “in freedom”, but without Papa, brother Sam, and baby Esther.  Have some tissues ready for the end of this one!

The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Hans Christian Anderson’s famous story of the proper toy soldier who loves a paper ballerina from afar, is one of my library read-alouds  every December.  Watching the look on the students’ faces as the beautiful dancer flies across the room to join the soldier at the end is always so powerful for me.

Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren (the author of Pippi Longstocking and other wonderful books) is the book that my children and I used to enjoy the most at this time of year.  It takes place in a tiny Swedish village with only three houses in it.  The children have so much fun preparing for Christmas and then celebrating the big day.  Every year my son and I say we are going to make the snowball lantern, which is basically a candle in the snow with a pile of snowballs around it. The light always looks so magical glowing through the snowballs.  Maybe this year we will do it!

What’s your favorite holiday book?

December 10, 2009

I hope you’ve noticed that it’s snowing on my blog!  Yes, it’s getting closer to Christmas. Time for trees, special cookies, presents…and holiday stories!  Click on “comment” below, and tell me about a holiday story or book that is special to you and your family at this wonderful time of year.

The Cowboy Cookie: a poem by third grade writers

December 10, 2009

Mrs. Stevens’ third grade reading group (Colby, Nikki, Selina, and Tim) read a story about a cook on a chuckwagon.  They learned that the cook has a lot of duties.  After reading the story, they wrote this poem which they would like to share with CPS readers!

The Cowboy Cookie

We know a man named Jeff,
And he is a “Cookie” chef.

Cookie wakes up at three AM,
And goes to sleep by eight PM.

Cookie helps with snake bites,
And sometimes he breaks up fights.

He makes three meals a day,
And he does it the right way,
So, please, stay out of his way!

Cookie helps out other cowboys
By cutting hair and by sharing their joys.

He carries supplies in a chuck wagon
And he is their doctor when they’re draggin’.

Cookie is nice to you when you are nice to him,
When Cookie is around don’t start any fights on a whim!

Cookie is old
And sometimes sees mold!
Cookie works when it’s hot or cold!

Written by Tim, Colby, Nikki and Selina

The True Gift by Patricia MacLachlan

December 9, 2009

If you are looking for a Christmas story that celebrates the joys of family and community, look no further! The main characters in this short novel, siblings Liam and Lily, are spending time with their grandparents during December and Liam can’t stop thinking about the lone cow in his grandparents’ meadow. Is it lonely? Does it have feelings? How can he get a companion for the cow? The answer will involve some sacrifice, and the ending gave me chills. This is a feel-good Christmas story that explores what makes a true gift.

Fifth grade creative writing

December 8, 2009

Mrs. Verrill brought this example of descriptive writing to me this morning. Caitlin is a fifth grader who is working on making her writing more interesting.

Breezing, strong and cold like an Alaskan wind, the trees are being knocked down one by one. All of a sudden an odd green truck comes down the windy, long trail of dirt. Crack! Crack! There goes the biggest tree by the littlest wind, landing right in front of the man in the odd green truck. Almost tipping over, the truck screeches to a stop!