Yikes! It's already August! If you are reading this, you are probably curious about school next year. And hey, you ARE READING! Fantastic! What will 8th grade be like? How will things be different? What will feel the same? While I'm still enjoying SUMMER, part of me is starting to think about school too, and getting excited about teaching and learning with YOU :)
At the end of last year, I asked my students to recommend their FAVORITE books. I'm including some of their picks in my own summer reading. The dystopian romance novels Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie (similar to The Hunger Games in flavor) were addictive. Besides wondering which guy (Xander or Ky) Cassia ends up with, I was left thinking about what people are willing to sacrifice for freedom. I'm saving the last book in the series, Reached, for "dessert" later. Right now I'm starting Steve Sheinkin's historical novel The Notorious Benedict Arnold. Since American history is the cool feature next year in Social Studies, I knew this book would introduce me to one of the most interesting, infamous villains during the Revolutionary War. What made people call Benedict Arnold brave and great, but also dangerous and a traitor?
Between playing euchre with my family and collecting beach glass, I've also read...
*online recipes for making dill pickles and blueberry sauce (I don't eat them together :)
*websites about kayaking (and then kayaked on Lake Michigan for the first time!)
*newspaper articles about events in Kalamazoo, Mattawan, South Haven, and the world
*two excellent books about teaching reading
*lots of funny gift shop greeting cards
My advice to you (I know, you didn't ask) is simply to read this summer. Read what interests you. Books. Websites. Blogs. Instructions. Poems. News articles. Magazines. Recipes.
Read, relax, enjoy your family and friends! I'll see you at Open House!