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Story Day!

Much like our beloved Space Day, we decided to have Story Day. We’ve been working so hard on our stories, some have nearly written entire books, that we created from our character developments that we decided to dedicate an entire day and numerous mediums to create our stories.

We invited Don Roff, a children’s book author, editor, and my partner in this crime of life, to join us. He read from his books, held a story arc workshop, and helped us create throughout the day. It was a blast! The day just wasn’t long enough.

Reading from “Dragon Adventures.”


The listening center.

Movie making – old style.

Puppet Theater.

Asher’s dad reading to him on the couch.

So many ways to tell a story. So many stories to be told.

Part 1 – Story Day:

Part 2 – End of the day presentations:

Reading Partners, Number Belts and an Hour Long Story Time

This morning for circle I assigned reading partners. I organized this by reading level and who could best help each other with sounds and pronunciation. At first they all just looked at me like; “you’ve got to be kidding me” but then they got in a groove and forgot that the person they were reading with wasn’t their best friend (this type of work actually does build friendships though.) After about fifteen minutes the room was humming with words and sentences. It was beautiful.

For math we made number belts. We mostly focused on counting by 5’s (because of our time/money work,) although what numbers they worked with was based on where they are in their math journey. For those working on counting/writing by 5’s, we talked about the pattern that it makes and that it alternately ends in 0 and 5 etc.

Isabel made it up to 200!

And of course, taking the idea to an entirely new level, we discovered we have our very own self declared, “princess of numbers.”

Asher also brought in is MP3 Player and played a story for us. I didn’t check the time on the story before we started, mostly because I wasn’t sure how the player worked. About half way through I begin to wonder just how long the story was going to be. Occasionally, at a chapter break, I asked the group if they wanted to continue the story later but I got a resounding NO! So, today for story time, we all sat mighty still and listed to “The Absent Author” by Ron Roy for one hour exactly (and with quite a complex plot I might add.) What a mature group of story lovers we have here.

We had such a relaxed, joyous, fruitful day. Thank you Julie for stepping in for Paul (who was at the dentist) and helping today shine.

We HEART Stories from Our Mamas, Crafting Valentines for Our Families, Spring-Like Sunshine for Gardening and Abraham Lincoln

While everyone else was playing in the big yard, Sophia, who is our only first grader and I, sat at the windows (so I could watch everyone playing) and she wrote a story that her mama has told her at bedtime. We sat together and I helped her with sounds, letters, words, sentences and punctuation. She mostly did everything herself, I was more of a safety net for her and someone to encourage her as she worked out her story. I gave her a lined journal to start her adventure in writing. A few others wanted lined journals as well and we spent journal time deciphering words and ideas.

We also got a fun red, white and pink packet of goodies from Sarah this morning. We had a great time making hearts, glueing, painting and being goofy (what did you have for breakfast this morning Brigit – silly goose mouse?)

Oh the sun and the weeds and the beautiful little buds poking up through the soil. We toiled and uncovered and offered our garden to the sun and the rain.

We also made a habitat for all the crawly creatures (spiders, worms, catapillars) we came across today.

Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln, we loved learning about you today. We read this book today and talked about our 16th president and our country then and now:

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