Thursday, January 11, 2018

It Adds Up! The Joy of Sharing a Great Book by Mrs. Schwinden

This year Mrs. Twombly and I have enjoyed meeting with a group of students on Wednesday afternoons for the "It Adds Up!" after school reading club. Over the past few weeks we have all enjoyed listening to great books and creating craft projects.

Need some ideas for great read aloud books? Check out the titles we've read so far, and add ideas of your own to the comments section.

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree 
"Christmas is here and Mr. Willowby's tree has arrived! There's just one big problem . . . the tree is too tall to fit in his parlor. He cuts off the top so it will fit, but little does he know that the top of that tree will travel clear across the countryside, bringing holiday cheer to the homes of bears, rabbits, mice, and more! This heartwarming story is the perfect way to start your yuletide season, and the perfect addition to your family’s festive holiday traditions. "(From

We celebrated the Winter Solstice with two titles that the students loved. The Winter Solstice "Presents facts and folklore about the shortest day of the year, a day that has been filled with magic since ancient times."

The Shortest Day details the science, history and cultural significance of the shortest day of the year.

365 Penguins is a book that had us giggling as we celebrated the New Year! "In this oversize picture book from France, family members deal with penguins that arrive at their home--one a day, for a full year. The high jinks begin on New Year's Day. As the penguin population increases, Dad, Mom, and the kids use multiplication and a few other schemes to organize, feed, and care for the increasing number of birds, but the scheme they hatch only meets with temporary success."

The classic A Toad for Tuesday is a favorite of many of the RES teachers, and holds a place on my "all time best books" list. This book has it all - adventure, humor, and suspense. This is a longer chapter book that we read over several sessions while the students were working on the crafts.

Interested in learning more about the "It Adds Up" group? Contact Mrs. Twombly or Mrs. Schwinden. Check back here for more ideas for great books, and add your ideas to the comments section.

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