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July 06, 2012

Summer Reading ~ Books & Reading Levels

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine and staying cool in this HOT weather! A good place to escape the heat is always the library. To help maintain your child's reading level during the summer holidays, it's important to make time to snuggle up and read. I always recommend that parents and children take turns reading. When it comes time for your child to read, try to find "just right" books that are an appropriate level. I have compiled a list of books that you may wish to check out on your next visit to the library. It's organized by level to make book selection a little easier. Happy summer reading!

Summer Reading Leveled Book List

Level 13/14
The Very Busy Spider – Eric Carle
Hattie and the Fox – Mem Fox
It’s Pumpkin Time – Zoe Hall
Let’s Go Froggy – Jonathan London
Just Going to the Dentist  – Mercer Mayer
Just Me and My Babysitter – Mercer Mayer
Just Me and My Dad – Mercer Mayer
Just Me and My Little Brother – Mercer Mayer
Just Me and My Little Sister – Mercer Mayer
Just Shopping with Mom – Mercer Mayer
Curious George at the Beach – Margaret Rey
Sheep in a Jeep – Nancy Shaw
Noisy Nora – Rosemary Wells
The Napping House – Audrey Wood
Seven Blind Mice – Ed Yound

Level 15/16
Airport – Byron Barton
Andrew’s Loose Tooth – Robert Munsch
Are You my Mother? – P.D. Eastman
Dragon’s Fat Cat - Dav Pilkey
Dragon Gets By - David Pilkey
Dragon’s Halloween - David Pilkey
Hattie and the Fox – Mem Fox
Just a Mess - Mercer Mayer
Just Grandma and Me - Mercer Mayer
If You Give a Dog a Donut – Laura Numeroff
Leo the Late Bloomer – Robert Kraus
Noisy Nora - Rosemary Wells
Ribbon Rescue – Robert Munsch
Spooky Riddles – Marc Brown
Spot’s Birthday Party -  Eric Hill
The Kissing Hand – Audrey Penn
The Very Busy Spider  - Eric Carle
Trucks – Anne Rockwell
Wheels on the Bus – Mary Ann Kovalski

Level 17

Boo! – Robert Munsch
Bunny Cakes – Rosemary Wells
Cat in the Hat  - Dr. Seuss
Danny and the Dinosaur – Syd Hoff
Days with Frog and Toad – Arnold Lobel
First Day Jitters – Julie Danneberg
Franklin is Bossy – Paulette Bourgeois
Franklin’s Bad Day – Paulette Bourgeois
Froggy Learns to Swim – Jonathan London
Great Day for Up  - Dr. Seus
Green Eggs and Ham  - Dr. Seuss
Henry and Mudge (Series of books) – Cynthia Rylant
I Can Read with my Eyes Shut – Dr. Seuss
I Was So Mad – Mercer Mayer
Little Blue and Little Yellow  - Leo Leonni
Moonbear’s Bargain – Frank Asch
Moonbear’s Skyfire – Frank Asch
Mouse Soup  - Arnold Lobel
Owl at Home – Arnold Lobel
Poppleton – Cynthia Rylant
Poppleton Everyday – Cynthia Rylant
Poppleton and Friends – Cynthia Rylant
Poppletong in Spring – Cynthia Rylant
Roller Skates! – Stephanie Calmenson
Ten Apples Up on Top! – Theo LeSieg
The Best Nest – P.D. Eastman
The Doorbell Rang – Pat Hutchins
The Grouchy Ladybug – Eric Carle
The Hat – Jan Brett
The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
There’s an Alligator Under my Bed – Mercer Mayer
There’s Something in my Attic – Mercer Mayer
We Share Everything  - Robert Munsch
Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

Level 18/19
Amelia Bedelia (Series of Books) – Peggy Parish
A Pocket for Corduroy – Don Freeman
Clifford the Big Red Dog – Norman Bridwell
Clifford the Small Red Puppy – Norman Bridwell
Corduroy – Don Freeman
Deep Snow – Robert Munsch
Franklin Goes to School – Paulette Bourgeois
Frog and Toad (Series of Books) – Arnold Lobel
Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson
Horses – Rachael Bell
If You Give a Moose a Muffin – Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Laura Numeroff
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies – Laura Numeroff
Madeline – Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline’s Rescue – Ludwig Bemelmans
Pigs - Rachael Bell
Playhouse – Robert Munsch
Sheila Rae the Brave – Kevin Henkes
The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash – Trinka Noble
The Fire Station – Robert Munsch
The Sandcastle Contest  - Robert Munsch
Who Sank the Boat – Pamela Allen

Level 20/21
Cam Jansen (Series of Books) – David Adler
Horrible Harry (Series of Books) – Suzy Kline
Judy Moody – Megan McDonald
Pinky and Rex (Series of Books) – James Howe
Swimmy  - Leo Lionni
The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
The Tiny Seed – Eric Carle
Three Little Pigs -  James Marshall
Triplet Trouble (Series of Books) – Marcie Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey

Level 22
A Promise is a Promise – Robert Munsch
Arthur (Series of Books) – Marc Brown
Berlioz the Bear – Jan Brett
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Judi Barrett
Flat Stanley - Jeff Brown
Freckle Juice – Judy Bloom
Junie B. Jones (Series of Books) – Barbara Park
Magic Treehouse (Series of Books ) – Mary Pope Osborne
Principal from the Black Lagoon  - Mike Thaler
Teacher from the Black Lagoon ­ - Mike Thaler
The Mitten – Jan Brett

Level 23
Amber Brown (Series of Books) – Paula Danziger
Encyclopedia Brown (Series of Books) – David Sobel
Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion – Suzy Kline
Horrible Harry and the Green Slime – Suzy Kline
Horrible Harry and the Kickball Wedding – Suzy Kline
Max Malone (Series of Books) – Charlotte Herman
Smelly Socks  - Robert Munsch
The Enormous Crocodile- Roald Dahl
The Magic Finger – Roald Dahl
The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg

                     Level 24                     
Pony Pals (Series of Books) – Jeanne Betancourt
Beezus and Ramona – Beverly Cleary
Henry and Beezus – Beverly Cleary
Henry and Ribsy – Beverly Cleary
Henry and the Clubhouse – Beverly Cleary
Henry and the Paper Route – Beverly Cleary
Henry Huggins – Beverly Cleary
Mouse and the Motorcycle, The – Beverly Cleary
Ralph S. Mouse – Beverly Cleary
Ramona and Her Father – Beverly Cleary
Ramona and Her Mother – Beverly Cleary
Ramona Forever – Beverly Cleary
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – Beverly Cleary
Ramona the Brave – Beverly Cleary
Ramona the Pest – Beverly Cleary
Ribsy – Beverly Cleary
Runaway Ralph– Beverly Cleary
Socks – Beverly Cleary
The Boxcar Children (Series of Books) – Gertrude Chandler Warner

June 25, 2012

Time sure flies...

Well, you can certainly feel the excitement in the air around the halls of St. Gregory these days. Summer holidays are almost upon us. I recall that it was about this time last year when I learned that I would be moving to first grade and I was thrilled. Thrilled, but unsure of what to expect.

In looking back at the year, I am so grateful for the blessing of watching the children grow before my eyes. The first few days were filled with nervous little giggles and the pressing question asked by all first graders in September, "When is centre time?". Let me tell you, it is not fun to be the person to break the news to children that there are no dollhouses, sand tables, or paint centres in their new home away from home. We got through that along with the other trials of first grade: untied and tangled shoelaces everywhere, lost teeth (felt like hundreds!), and learning how to sit in desks. Of course, these are all overshadowed by the incredible experience of seeing children become readers and writers. Simply amazing.  When all is said and done, I loved every minute of it and will cherish the time spent with my little 'firsties'. I would like to thank all of our wonderful and supportive families. It certainly takes a village... Enjoy a happy and safe summer!

Oh, and check back for the Top Ten Highlights of First Grade (as compiled by the children themselves). I will also post lists of leveled books that your children may be interested in reading this summer.

January 11, 2012

Happy New Year!

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed a restful holiday with family and friends. We have been back at school for a few days and are quickly getting back into our routine. December was so busy that there was not much time to post so I thought I'd do a little catch up now!

First, Mme. Hanson and I would like to thank everyone for the donations to our 'angels' from the Angel Tree. We hope it brightened their Christmas morning! Here are a couple of photos of the gifts we sent to our 'angels' because of your support and generosity.

Thank You!!

We were very fortunate to have a little visitor in our classroom for the month of December. Jingles, the elf, appeared one day with a letter for us to read. He asked if he could stay with us until the holidays and we agreed - of course! We enjoyed trying to find him each morning and searching for his letters. Jingles even put up a Christmas tree for us and delivered Polar Express bells. Here are some pictures of our little friend and a copy of his first letter.

Jingles with his first letter for us.

Jingles met our friend Pete the Cat.

We even found Jingles sleeping in our class library!

Click here to read the letter.

December was a lot of fun and January promises to be very busy in Grade 1. Happy New Year to all!