Back in 1989 my dad was the first place winner of the Gigantic Pumpkin Contest known as the Topsfield Fair. My dad was quite famous in our little town for his amazing pumpkins. He donated them to schools and proudly displayed them in our yard.
I was talking to a teacher in Chippewa Falls, WI through e-mail and she invited me back to her class to read books about pumpkins to her 1st graders. She thought it would be a great idea for me to read a fiction and a non-fiction book about pumpkins. The idea for a non-fiction book about my dad’s pumpkins was brewing in my brain so much last night, that I decided to write a book about the Giant pumpkin experience and share it with these students. They absolutely loved it! I think that they were more impressed by the non-fiction book than they were by the fiction book. My Dad Grows Giant Pumpkins
Check out these wonderful student’s faces.
Today was the first day that I have had kids ask me to read another book to them. Maybe it is because I sang this one to them. They really seemed to like it.
Connecticut was in the house and they definitely represented. These kids had some amazing questions about Wisconsin. They asked me about the leaves, cheese, and my students.
I would have to say that the funniest question was about the students because my students are all online students. I told the kids that my students lived in the computer. I hope they knew that I was joking. I tried to explain that I help kids who are struggling with reading and that when I work with a student they get to be hanging out in their house, while I am hanging out in my house. That is a difficult concept for a lot of people to get. But these students, also known as ‘The Brainwaves’ are used to talking to people all over the world. I could definitely tell that this group of students had skyped with other classrooms before our encounter together.
I am looking forward to skyping with ‘The Brainwaves’ again. Take a peak at some of the time that we spent together.
Today I had the awesome opportunity to connect with Mrs. Merconti’s students in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. I read the story Cinderella Skeleton and we made connections with the version of Cinderella that we are all familiar with to this one. Click on the video to see a reading of this story.