Dust from the Book Fairy

Okay, this is a bit political, which I thought I’d try to stay away from here, but I couldn’t help it. NYC Educator is on my feed reader, and a recent entry had this very interesting graph from the Washington Post. If this is accurate, McCain’s tax cuts are almost entirely for the wealthy. The lower income brackets, who ostensibly need the most help, get the smallest tax breaks under McCain’s plan. That doesn’t seem fair to me. Obama’s plan will probably anger the wealthy, but it looks like the majority (60% of taxpayers) will be better off under his tax plan. You can click the picture to see the whole article, with a bigger graph.

I think Obama’s plan looks way better for me personally, and way more “fair” for most people. My definition of fair–shared often enough with my students that they can recite it:

“Fair is not everyone getting the same. Fair is everyone getting what they NEED.”


This week we’ve been reading Maybe a Bear Ate It! by Robie Harris with my little ones. (K & 1st). It is such a fun book, told just as much through the pictures as the minimal text. A little purple and green monster is reading HIS BOOK in bed. Then it disappears. He can’t live without it, and starts imagining all sorts of ridiculous things that might’ve happened to it. . .

“Maybe a bear ate it! . . . Maybe a elephant fell asleep on it!”

Then he starts hunting all over his house for it. . in the sink, in a shopping bag, even in the dryer! My observant children were edging off their seats, saying, “It was under his bed! It was under his bed!”

After reading it through once, we flipped back through it to talk about taking care of library books, and places to look when you can’t find your book

“Should you sit on your book like the elephant?” “NO!”

“How many of you have found something you thought you lost under your bed? (Lots of sharing time here. . .the best one was a little boy who found his puppy under his bed).

It’s definitely on my most recommended list, especially for librarians. . it’s a good lead-in to a book care lesson without feeling too didactic.

She’s celebrating her 10,000th hit by giving away one of the books she’s reviewed and liked this year to somebody who comments on her blog post here by Saturday.  So you might want to go check that out!  She does neat reviews of books.  I loved the review of The Hunger Games. It made me want to go get it RIGHT THEN.  (I literally started looking for my keys to get in the car and head to the library/bookstore).  So disappointed to realize it’ wasn’t out yet. Sigh. It’s out SOON but I am not a patient person.

Also Posted at The Picnic Basket.
This book is a definite winner.  I read it to all the second graders at my school, and it makes a great read-aloud.   When Judy Moody visited the art class and called it the “Naked Lady class,” she had them rolling with laughter.  The story moves quickly, and it’s full of humor that the kids loved.  Almost all of them know someone going to college, and it made for great real-life connections for them. Every single Judy Moody title in our library has stayed checked out ever since.  I’ve been recommending it to students who love Junie B. Jones by Park and Clementine by Pennypacker.

Judy Moody Goes to College

Judy Moody Goes to College

As a teacher, I thought it would be a great novel to build a curricular theme around—you could work in math by talking about the topics Judy Moody discusses with her tutor, art through the art class Judy attends in the story, and even some environmental science topics.  You might even take a field trip to a local college and see how it compares to the one Judy Moody visits in the story.

I love Kindergartners sometimes.

ME: What’s your name?

K student: “Freddie the Rainbow.”

Turn to my assistant to see if she heard the same thing I did.  She did.  (She has the best faces!)

ME: Could you tell me that again?

Second try reveals that his last name does rhyme with Rainbow, but is not, in fact, rainbow!

I’ve been tagged for an interesting original meme by Where’s the Sun? (More numbers! ack! I just finished counting about a bajillion pennies for our Book Fair One for Books change drive!) Really, though, this is the first time Ive ever been tagged for a meme, so I’m excited.

Back To School Meme

Completed in Reference to (Self or Child): Self

1. Number of years teaching or your eldest child has been in school (k through college) ? 6

2. Amount approximately spent on Back to School Items so far including clothes? $100.00

3. Number of Days until school starts in your area (+ or – if it’s started)? 15 days down, 165 to go!

4. Approximate distance school is from your house? 4 miles

5. Amount of time it will take you or your child to get to school from your house by car or bus? 9 minutes

6. The actual or approximate number of students in the class you teach or your oldest child’s class? 27 classes, 500ish students

7. The number of classes in your grade or your oldest child’s grade level? see above (I see all grades!)

8. The price to buy a full student lunch at school? $2.25

9. Number of schools in your district? 21

10. Early dismissal days already built into the calendar? 3

11. Price paid for the most expensive back to school item so far? $20 for some new pants

12. Time school day ends? 2:45 for the kiddos, 3:00 for me

* Just for fun and since this is a numbers meme try to match the number of people you invite to try this meme with your lowest answer to any of the questions minus one whichever you choose. My smallest answer was number was 3 (half-days in question 10), soooo. . . subtract one equals two. Two cool bloggers I like to read. (The Count laugh here ah, ha, ah):

Organized Chaos

And somebody else, soon I hope!

*Back to School by the Numbers Meme created by: Wheresthesun.org


Found this via the teachers.net chatboard. Wouldn’t this be a cool tool to talk about the presidential candidates with students? The presentation style really lends itself to a discussion of whether or not the president actually has the power to do what the candidates are promising to do.  Which is one of my huge pet peeves–when they promise stuff that anybody who can READ the constitution knows they don’t have the authority to actually accomplish.  (Speaking of election stuff, I’ve pre-ordered these comic books for my library. I couldn’t resist. A COMIC book! About our future President! Neat-ola).