After passing my very last math exam needed for licensing (yaaaaay!) today, I am now thinking I better get started on planning for the year. Now, one might ask why I feel the need to do curriculum planning at 11:30 at night on the 23 of July? Ummm, well… Your guess is as good as mine. Like I said to a teacher friend the other day, “And to think, people say we have summers ‘off.’ Ha!”
In my late night crazy brain, I have decided to organize my primary lessons a little differently this year. Last year I tried to plan my lessons thematically, based on what was happening in the school, as a whole, and what was being taught in the classroom. While I still plan to continue on that path, I would also like to attempt to incorporate regular author studies into my kindergarten, first and second grade library lessons. There are various authors and illustrators that I think all young readers should be exposed to and I thought this would be a great opportunity to create that exposure. But, therein lies my conundrum… There are too, too, too many to choose from.
This is only after one session of brainstorming:
Ezra Jack Keats
Audrey & Don Wood
Margaret Wise Brown
Jan & Stan Berenstain
Chris Van Allsburg
Vera B. Williams
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Mary Pope Osborne
Sigh. Too many books, too little time.
And just because they’re too wonderful not to share:
My summer break is not at all a break… It’s a flurry of crafting and sewing and making deliciously healthy meals. It’s the best kind of “break” I could possibly imagine. This project started as a birthday gift for one of my favorite three-year old monsters. He is a big fan of monsters and a big fan of reading (yaaaay!), so I wanted to combine the two into a fun birthday gift.
I ended up wanting to make bags for a family of little kiddos and so I started “mass producing.” The first bag I made (the lime green one), I followed the pattern exactly, but because I was making so many, I wanted the pattern-cutting process to go faster, so I changed the dimensions just a bit. So as not to give Shiny Happy World‘s pattern for free, I’ll let you buy it on Etsy and then make your own adjustments.
Grades K – 1
Grades 2 – 3
Grades 4 – 5
Grades 6 – 8
Seattle Public Library