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Saturday
May222010

Where are your library books hiding?

Hard to believe, but the end of the school year is right around the corner! That means it is time to return all school library books. Please help your kiddos gather their books, as they can be very good at hiding under beds, in cars, even on your own bookshelves! All library books should be returned by the last day of school. If you have any questions about what books your readers might have checked out, email me and I will get you some titles.

Friday
Apr162010

Dream Deferred

I was inspired by kdhx's Literature for the Halibut ladies to post this poem. Enjoy!

Dream Deferred
by Langston Hughes

 

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--
And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Monday
Apr122010

Roundtable Book Discussion

Under Pressure by Carl Honoré
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
7pm at The Soulard School

 
"(T)he pressure to give our children the best of everything and make them the best at everything is backfiring on kids, parents, and society as a whole. We feel we have to push, polish, and protect our offspring with superhuman zeal - or else we're somehow falling down on the job. I hope that readers will come to the end of the book and breathe a huge sigh of relief. Especially parents. I want to inspire readers to ease off and find the natural balance between doing too much and too little for children." - Carl Honoré

Don't forget to join us for our second roundtable book discussion. This month, we will be exploring Carl Honoré's book Under Pressure. Honoré is the bestselling author of In Praise of Slowness, which took a look at our high-speed lifestyles and the toll taken on us by such rush. Under Pressure, Honoré's second book, picks up this topic once again, this time focusing on a realm near and dear to us at The Soulard School - childhood. Looking across cultures and throughout history, he shows us how hyper-parenting  and "academic hothousing is subject to the law of diminishing returns." In an age of baby Mandarin classes, cell phones, dual-income households, cram schools, video surveillance, and violent-laden nightly news reports, it can be difficult to slow down, lighten up, and (in the words of the Reggio-minded folks) "do nothing without joy." But Honoré encourages us to do just that.

Friday
Apr022010

Magic Words

In the very earliest of time,
when both people and animals lived on earth,
a person could become an animal if he wanted to
and an animal could become a human being.
Sometimes they were people
and sometimes animals
and there was no difference.
All spoke the same language.
That was the time when words were like magic.
              The human mind had mysterious powers.
              A word spoken by chance
              might have strange consequences.
              It would suddenly come alive
              and what people wanted to happen could
                            happen—
                                                  all you had to do was say it.
                                  Nobody could explain this:
              That’s the way it was.

Eskimo (anonymous)
Translated from the Inuit by Edward Field

Thursday
Apr012010

Happy Poetry Month

 

April is National Poetry Month! Huzzah! Though I like to think of this as more a reminder; a cause for celebration, and a gentle finger on our chins pulling our faces back to some poems. You can find some poems here in the Library Corner, as I will be posting a new one each week. And while there are myriad ways to bring poetry into the forefront this month, like so much in our learning lives, poetry is something to experience all the time, not just in April.

Poetry books will be featured in the library this month, and I encourage all families to take some time to read poems with your children as they bring some of these books home. If you or your children find a poem you love, carry a copy of it with you on April 29th for Poem In Your Pocket Day, and share it with others. Better yet, try to commit it to memory so that you can carry it with you always. And if you would ever like poetry reading suggestions, I am happy to share.