Where Have You Been Doing Your NFL Learning?

Last week on the blog we talked about what we were reading this week I was wondering where is everyone reading at?  My favorite spot to read is outside on my deck.  I love to go out early in the morning and enjoy the outdoors and a great book.

This past week, a group of students answered the question with where do they read with Pinewood’s playground.   Several soon-to-be 6th graders took advantage of the beautiful weather and met at Pinewood to spend some time reading together.  After reading, the students played Gaga ball and a friendly game of kickball.

Again I would love to add some student stories about their NFL reading to the blog, have an interesting favorite reading spot?  Please share.

Also to celebrate everyone who has been participating in the Never Finish Learning program for the month of June I will be hosting a popsicle social at Pinewood on the playground on Wed. July 10 from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm.  Stop by for a popsicle and some playground time all you have to do is tell me what you have been reading.  Tell your friends to read the blog so they will know about the celebration as well, I look forward to seeing lots of Pinewood students.

reading at Pinewood

reading at Pinewood

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What Are Pinewood Staff Reading So Far This Summer?

What is Mrs. Barr reading?

What is Mrs. Barr reading?

Not just student’s need to read over the summer it is important for adults to read in the summer too.  I love to read for pleasure during the summer but I also have a stack of educational books and research studies I read.  Many times during the school year I do not have a chance to read a whole book so I start a list and that helps me guide my summer reading.
Mrs. Brown
Right now for pleasure I am reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, my daughter just started the series so we are enjoying the book together.  My favorite character so far is Rowley.  In one of the parts of the book the boys are caught by their teacher who thinks they are listening to rock music, when really they are just playing with head phones, even though they weren’t doing anything wrong Rowley started crying.  Rowley seems like he would be a great friend and very funny to be around.

What are other teachers reading?

Mrs. Barr
For the past school year, I have been hearing my students talk about a book they love called “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner. One of my students, Kaden, even gave me a copy on the last day of school to check it out for myself. I decided to get started reading The Maze Runner right away. I am in the middle of Chapter 3 and am SO confused! As often happens in books, the beginning does lots of describing and introducing. Many of the words the characters are using so far are words I am not used to. I am unable to make connections to help me understand what is going on! I wonder what will happen to poor Thomas. He seems even more confused than I am!

Mrs. Takens
I just started to read Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge – his memoir. It’s an excellent book telling the story of his life in foster care.

Mrs. Vig
This week I started reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine
Boo.  I am already half way through the book.  It is about families
living in the slums of Mumbai, India. It is interesting learning about
the cultures of other people.  It is also sad to read about how
impoverished many of the people are in India. It makes me very
appreciative of the freedoms and opportunities I am blessed with here
in the United States.

Mrs. Essenburg
I’m reading a book that is an unconventional love story about a zombie who meets a human girl and against his nature decides to protect her. He then slowly falls in love with her, and as a result he starts remembering what it felt like to be alive again–and what it means to be alive.  The story has parts that are sweet and touching and poignant, not what you’d expect from a book about zombies. I’m about a third of the way through the book at the moment, I imagine I’ll finish it soon, I’m really enjoying it.

So now what are you reading?  Email me what you are reading and I would love to share it on the blog?  Maybe you have found a good book, a magazine, a web page, anything you enjoy let me know, if you like it other students will too and it could help give people ideas to keep their summer reading fun and exciting.

Turn a Day Trip into a Day of Reading

As you are making your summer plans, consider taking some day trips with children to some of the wonderful local attractions West Michigan has to offer.

Fredrick Meijer Gardens

Fredrik Meijer Garden

My daughter and I spent the day at Fredrik Meijer Gardens this past week and I was amazed by all of the reading opportunities

we had during the day.  From the moment we walked up to the front door and she read the entrance sign till when we were driving away and looking for the speed limit signs.  We made a game out of finding everything we could to read and without her even realizing it she had finished her fifteen minutes of NFL Reading and then some.

Reading is every where

Reading is every where

Once you return home from your trip ask your child to write about their day, this not only will help them keep writing during the summer it also is something that could be shared on the Pinewoodblog.  Email me their writing and/or pictures and we can share other fun places to visit and spice up our daily reading minutes this summer.

For older children reading unfamiliar words is great.  For younger kids picking out high frequency words and letters is another fun option.

For older children reading unfamiliar words is great. For younger kids picking out high frequency words and letters is another fun option.

Online Resources For Summer Learning

2nd graders visiting online sites

2nd graders visiting online sites

Do Your NFL Learning Using Online Resources

One way to keep summer learning easy and convenient is to use internet resources.  Consider visiting the following links regularly throughout the summer to add to your NFL reading and math minutes.
http://www.tumblebooks.com
log on jenison
password wcats
http://www.spellingcity.com
http://www.cookie.com
http://www.xtramath.org
http://www.ixl.com
http://resources.oswego.org/games
http://www.jpsonline.org
visit the elementary links
http://www.starfall.com

Hard at work with a graphing game

Hard at work with a graphing game