The students are so excited to get started on the North Carolina Children's Book Award program. Each year 12 books are nominated as the best children's books by school and public librarians in North Carolina. After reading these books to all of our students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, each child gets to vote for their personal favorite book. The votes will be tabulated so that we can see which book the students at Wake Forest Elementary will choose as their favorite. Finally, after the votes are turned in to Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, we will find out which book was chosen as the favorite Picture book by the children of North Carolina. Check back each week for an update on the books that we have read so far!
We kicked off the 2014 North Carolina Children's Book Award program with Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds (author) and Peter Brown (illustrator). The children loved this scary story of a "veggie nature." We also had fun graphing our favorite fruits and vegetables and using the data to learn about the likes and dislikes of our classmates!
Wow! Did we learn a lot about mallard ducks through the eyes of a little girl on her way to and from school in Nicola Davies' book, Just Ducks. Some fun info includes the fact that mallard ducks have beautiful blue feathers and they have a spot of oil behind their tails which helps to keep their feathers soft and waterproof. We wanted to compare and contrast the information in this book with what we could learn from PebbleGo; and found out from this source that some ducks have no feeling in their feet! Who knew?????
The children have had fun with When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward. This story is about a beautiful blue bird who finds herself responsible for a very unusual "egg." This wonderful tale of friendship has proven to be a great book to read during these very cold, cold days of winter! The students have also enjoyed studying the illustrations and attempting to identify all of the different types of paper that Lindsay Ward used in her artwork!
What beautiful illustrations in When Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff! The students were able to see how different materials can be used to create beautiful illustrations. A "Thank You" to Ms. Hearn who let us borrow her linoleum printing block and Speedball cutter so that we could see exactly how the illustrations were created. You can enjoy the artwork from this book at http://vimeo.com/36322253.
Wake Forest Elementary School once again celebrated the
Gift of Reading from December 16 - December 20, 2013. The goal of the Gift of Reading is for the students at Wake Forest Elementary to focus on the joy of reading for the entire week before the Holiday break. Students increased their in-class reading by 10 minutes each day culminating with 2 1/2 hours of sustained reading on December 20. They were also challenged to read at home each night with students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade reading at least 20 minutes a night and those in 3rd - 5th grade reading at least 30 minuetes each evening. Our goal was for students and teachers to surpass 1,500 hours of "at-home" reading between Monday, December 16 and Thursday, December 19. I am very happy and proud to tell you that the students and staff of Wake Forest Elementary read over 2,000 hours.
Hello, my name is Kathy Lim and I am the Teacher/Librarian at Wake Forest Elementary School. I have worked in Media Centers for the last 15 years----first as a Media Assistant at Wakefield Elementary for four years, and then as the Teacher/Librarian at Wake Forest Elementary since 2008. Mr. Lim and I have three children---Brian lives and works in Durham; Allison lives and works in Atlanta; and Kyle is a Junior at The Ohio State University. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing with my family; reading; and watching sports (football and basketball).