Saturday, January 31, 2015

Geocentrism? Preschool worldview

"This is the light side and this is the dark side, and this is the sun and that is the moon, and it says 'This is the world I want to change.' ". --Jackson, 4 years 10 months

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rise and Read

Reading is the pathway
From the dungeon
To the door.


Reading is the highway from
The shadow to the sun


Reading is the river
To your liberty
For all your life to come

Let the river run


Learn to read.

“Choose Your Freedom -- Learn to Read”
by Dr. Maya Angelou, 2002

As published in Rise and Read by Sandra L. Pinkney & Myles C. Pinkney, Scholastic, 2006.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Lucy Calkins' List of Short Read-Aloud Novels for K-2

pp 38-39, Raising Lifelong Learners, Calkins

  • Stuart Little, by E.B. White
  • The Dragonling, by Florence Koller
  • Catwings and Catwings Return, by Ursula Le Guin
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox and George's Marvelous Machine, by Roald Dahl
  • The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes
  • Harry's Mad (and others), by Dick King-Smith
  • Matthew and the Sea Singer, by Jill Patton Walsh
  • Chocolate Fever, by Robert K. Smith
  • A Lion to Guard Us, by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Owls in the Family, by Farley Mowat
  • Stone Fox, by John R. Gardiner

Thursday, January 8, 2015

There Was a Child Went Forth by Walt Whitman

There Was a Child Went Forth

by Walt Whitman

There was a child went forth every day;
And the first object he looked upon, that object he became.
And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain
   part of the day, or for many years, or stretching cycles of years:
The early lilacs became part of this child....
And the apple-trees covered with blossoms, and the fruit
   afterward, and wood-berries, and the commonest weeds by the road;
And the schoolmistress that passed on her way to the school....

The blow, the quick loud word, the tight bargain, the crafty lure,
The family usages, the language, the company, the furniture
   --the yearning and swelling heart....

The doubts of day-time and the doubts of night-time--the
    curious whether and how.
Whether that which appears is so, or is it all flashes and specks?
Men and women crowding fast in the streets--if they are
    not flashes and specks, what are they?

These became part of that child who went forth every day,
    and who now goes, and will always go forth every day.