The past couple of weeks I have read mostly YA and picture books.
I finished "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio. It was amazing and totally lived up to the reviews I read. It really renewed my faith in goodness in people and the necessity of being kind.
THIS IS A MUST READ!
I also finished "How I Came to be a Writer" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor". As I come across books by authors about their writing life, I read them and look at their road to being an author (one I am trying to navigate).
In class, I finished "Stone Fox" by John Reynolds Gardiner, as our novel read aloud. This is the fourth time I have read this book to a class and each time I still get effected by the ending. I have the children write me a letter after most of the read alouds - it was interesting to read their thoughts and feelings about this book. For the first time, I actually had a student say they found it boring! I wrote back to her that it is important she have her own opinions, as long as she backs them up.
Today, I read "Maple Moon" by Connie Brummel Crook. I love this story and had read it numerous times. Connie actually came to a class in Bowmanville about 10 years ago and read her book. What an experience that was.
I finally got to see the movie "The Hunger Games". I loved the series and I actually love the movie. The differences with the book did not detract from enjoying this movie.
I also saw the movie "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close". The young actor who plays Oskar was incredible. Strange movie, strange book - but worth seeing.I did prefer the movie this time,
Right now I am working on a number of books:
I am still reading: "Stolen Child" by Marsha F. Skrypuch
"Life is a Verb" by Patti Digh
I have just started: " Desire to Inspire" by Christine Mason Miller
and plan to start this week: "Three Day Road" by Joseph Boyden (for our May pick for our social justice book club)
It's a Mess, sort-of!
Lisa Wright's book group on "Mess" has been a fun exploration.
This weeks mess has been focused on cut and paste for the most part. I steered away from wet messes - just wasn't up to that this week!
Collage has always been my favourite and I enjoyed the few I did in the book.
Fold the page and make random cuts
Decorate the tree - I made a jewellery tree
Cut apart the photo and create a new look
I am almost finished the month of daily collages. I have sometimes had to create 2 in a day to catch up, but I have enjoyed the process. I have used different materials and focused on composition.
In May I want to try a sketch a day, using a picture or photo as my model.
Here are a couple of collages:
From scraps pf painted papers:
From scraps of photos|:
We now have a morning dove nesting on our ladder on the porch. The past few years a robin has made a nest there. The doves make a very minimalist nest but they sure do make a mess on the ground! It will be interesting to see the eggs and babies develop.
It's time again to share books we've read. I have not read as much as I would have liked the past couple of weeks, but have finished a few books, and started several more!
My favourite was "Zeitoun" by Dave Eggers. It was shocking in parts but so very interesting.I am looking forward to Thursday, when our social justice book club meets to discuss the book. Should be a very challenging discussion!
Two other books I read over the Easter weekend and thoroughly enjoyed, were:
"Comfort Food" by Kate Jacobs (the author of the Friday Night Knitting Club - loved that series of books!)
"The Edge of Winter" by Luanne Rice.
At school I reread "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams. It is one book I don't mine rereading over and over again. My class this year saw immediately the connection to "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" - a book they absolutely loved and were moved by.
We are just starting to read "Stone Fox" by John Reynolds Gardiner. I hope to have them view the movie when we are finished and compare the 2.
I am currently reading:
"Life is a Verb" by Patti Digh (Reading and experiencing it as there are exercises to do)
"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio (A YA novel recommended all over blogland!)
"Stolen Child" by Marsha F. Skrypuch. I just discovered this author is from Brantford and writes a lot of historical fiction, which I love.
This week has had very changeable weather but there have been a few sunny days that create lovely shadows.
This week as well, I took my class on a field trip to the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford to learn about the history and culture of the native people in our area. Lots to see and a few great shadows to be found!
This lovely artwork, "The Great Tree", was created by Stan Hill Sr. from a moose antler.
Early lacrosse stick.
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