Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Last

...week of writing on the blog. We're on the 8th set, and I go on one last trip to the beach before coming back to school. I'm at school right now and so excited to see you all and get started.

To think. I believe that's the most important concept we can teach our young (and old!). In each of these readings this week the bottom line is the thinking: can Angie think herself to do what she must; can the man think his way out; can a king learn to think before doing? Really, it's all about using our minds to do and be what we want.

Sounds so easy, but yet it certainly is not. I know. I try every day to be a better person. Some days I win; some days I don't. The key is to keep trying.

See you the first day of school. Can't wait! 

Signing off for the summer,
Ms. B

PS,  remember to bring your booklets and work in.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wow,

...what perfect examples of reading. A ghostly love story, a scam and the science of ants. Amazing! One makes me smile, one makes me grudgingly admire how people can think, and one? One makes me cringe to think of the ants, either way--falling off or hanging on!

I guess I'm the lucky one here, because I'm reading all three choices each week. How I wish someone said to me, "May I read the others when we get back to school?" Wouldn't that make my day? Being a reader, I love reading whatever is around. That's what I want for each and every one of you: to find the magic and joy of reading. And, I so appreciate that you took the step to reading this summer; that's wonderful in itself!

On another note, I went to school yesterday to begin preparing for the coming school year. I am so excited!! The room is ready, and now I will finish my prep for the first few weeks of  school.

Can't wait!

Do bring in the books  and work the first day of school.

See  you soon. One more week of reading and then a break for you to read whatever you want (I've read over 10 books this summer!).

Again, can't wait!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sometimes

...we never really know how it's all going to turn out. That's certainly true for this week's readings.

It's taken me all week to get back on and introduce the readings. Some of you have probably already done yours for the week. Good. That means you're in charge.  I love that!

And, that's a lot like the topics of this weeks work: being in charge no matter what happens around us. The mother doing what she can in the face of her son, the man behind the counter, and even the young girl on the roller coaster. All took in where they were and did what they had to do.

I can only hope I'd think as fast as the man at the counter, and I KNOW I'd have acted the way of the rider on the coaster (because I'm not a thrill seeker, but a scaredy cat). I'd also like to wish I've been better about treating people, the people he'd stolen from, but more importantly, his mother, than the boy. But, if ultimately, we DO realize and change, well, that's something. Right?

I see all of these incidences in school. You'd be surprised how often I know students have stepped up or tried something scarey (like trying on a writing assignment) and they're come through the better for it. With the ending of the story, I'd say the boy will step up too.  Sometimes we have to take the long way 'round to do right, but getting there is the important part.

Enjoy the readings this week. I know I did!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Comments

...and I love it! I've been out riding today and am off to the Hangar Theater right now, but tomorrow I'll come on and write about this week's readings.

For myself, I am flying through some novels right now. They seem to have a theme of beach houses, Italy and WWII, and I had no inkling of that when I picked them.

Life is fun!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Courage:

... in so many forms. A boy's belief of what is to come and how he will handle himself, a person doing their job, with or without credit, and finally the opposite of courage, making fun at the expense of another-- a sure form of cowardliness, not courage. Those are the thoughts from having read the three possibilities this week.

Reading does that for me. It allows me to make the connections, to take what I want from what I read. It allows me to then wonder. Will I do what I should when I'm in that situation? Would I ever (please, no) make fun while hurting another? Will I give credit where credit is due? Will I be courageous? I want to be.

August 1 always gets me thinking about next month and gets me excited for another year. Do you know that any of you who are reading this summer are already ahead of the year? Studies show that students who read in the summer come back with less lost than students who don't read. Wow! All that for the new year and just from having been a reader this summer.

Thanks for being readers!