ML’s not big on answering questions about school. Especially, “What happened at school today?” She will usually tell me if she had music, art, PE or one of the other specials. I’ve asked her this every night since kindergarten.
I’ve added two questions this year, “Did your teacher read a book to the class?” and “What did you read today?” So far, she’s answering these questions; and I’m pleased with the answers.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague – “A schoolboy tells his class about his summer vacation, during which he joined a group of cowboys and stopped a cattle stampede.”
Busy night with the final StrollerThon planning meeting at our house. I forgot to ask what the teacher read. We did read a book together. My Teacher is a Monster! No I am Not. by Peter Brown. ML assured me her teacher is not a monster. I already figured that out.
“I can’t remember because I read two chapter books. A Jack and Annie book. And a Mercy Watson book. Well almost two. I have another chapter in the Jack and Annie book.” For those unfamiliar with the term Jack and Annie book. It’s the Magic Tree House series.
The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith – “Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean’s status as the Recess Queen.” I’m learning from ML’s teacher too. I have a post on picture books about bullying in draft form. I’ve added this book to the list.
Once again, ML’s teacher is more influential in getting ML to read great books than I. For over a year, I’ve encouraged ML to try a Mercy Watson book by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Last night, ML informed me she has read two so far this school year. She’s eager for me to bring the other four books in the series home from the library.
There are several books I am dying for ML to read. I purchased paperbacks of a few of these. Looks like the best way to get her to read them is to donate them to the classroom library. I’m bringing our copy of Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Marla Frazee to Open House Wednesday night for the class to enjoy.