It's summer and the first full week has come to a close. It's interesting to me how time seems to slow down in the summer. The minutes move like a snail crawling across our garden wall. Each summer I appreciate that feeling more and more.
I am celebrating finishing my first book: a handful of stars by Cynthia Lord. It's a beautiful story about friendship, Lily and Salma. Lily lost her mom at a young age and lives with her grandparents who own the general store in a remote corner of Maine near the blueberry barrens. Selma is the daughter of a migrant family who comes in seasonally to pick blueberries. Their friendship includes Lily's blind dog, Lucky, and Selma's love of art which helps both girls achieve their goal. A few of my favorite lines I lifted include:
- "different is good it makes you pay attention."
- "sometimes life is like a long road leading from one "if" to another"
- "takes all kind of people to make a world"
I am celebrating having the time to digest this book, to lift lines and think about how I will weave this book into my mentor text pile. There are so many possibilities:
- Beginning of the year with building community
- Math time with a wonderful part about how hard fractions are yet "That's math for you. But the good part is that once you learn it, it doesn't change. You always do it the same way."
- Writing Workshop: How Cynthia wove so many important facts to help the reader learn about blueberries and mason bees. Both of which I didn't know anything about.
- Reading: character development and how two main characters interact and the importance of secondary characters like her grandparents, Hannah and Dr. Katz (which was a fun play on words)
- Social Studies: an important message about migration and the idea of inclusion vs. exclusion.
- End of the year letting go and taking a small part with you
I look on my time in the summer as a gift. My perspective (OLW15) each summer shifts more to gratitude. I have time to be writing again in my writer's notebook and reflecting on my blog. I'm excited to be celebrating this week here is the link up. Enjoy your Saturday!
|Time to read, write and play with Ringo who is resting on the left.|