FALL IS HERE!

      I look forward to fall every year.  It is, without a doubt, my favorite season!  Finally, fall is in full swing here in Arkansas.  The trees are all lit up with beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow, the stores are all selling everything warm and delicious, and the kids excitement is starting to ramp up.   With Halloween this week, we are officially heading full speed ahead into the holiday season!

      Like most of you I LOVE books. I have a special passion for picture books of all kinds.   As fall has begun, I have been considering what picture books to read to my students that will add to this special time of year.  Our next door neighbor (who also is an avid fan of children's picture books) recommended the book The Scarecrow's Dance by Jane Yolen (author of the Caldecott Award winning Owl Moon).  After reading the book, it immediately rocketed to the top of my list as my absolute favorite fall picture book for students.  


     
       I had to share it with the kids! Actually, It was too good to only share with my students.  I talked with a 4th grade teacher down the hall and we took both of our classes out to the school courtyard  and read the book to both classes.  It led to some amazing discussions among the students regarding theme!  I was so proud of them and their ability to focus on this beautiful and heartfelt story and extract the deeper ideas the author was trying to convey.  

      This book will definitely become an annual tradition in my class.  I would highly recommend adding it to your home or classroom library.  After discussion, the students thought it would be an excellent idea to write letters of thanks to people in our community who are often overlooked for their contributions.  Wow!  That is an excellent idea indeed!  This fall, let's make sure to slow down and be thankful.  We all have much to be thankful for!  HAPPY FALL!   




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