Book Reports – Literacy + Life for Summer

Some of my favorite memories of summer come from visits to the library. It was the time of year for fun, leisure, pick-my-own books reading. It was also the time for book reports. You see, my dad was a teacher, so in our house we had to read 10 (age appropriate) books over the summer … and write a book report for each one. Yes, write – pen to paper! There weren’t any other options. I liked to write, so it wasn’t a big deal. For my brothers, though, it was torture. I often wonder if they were kids now, would it be the same way? There is great value in hand writing a report. BUT if there had been a way … Read more

Septone – a Throwback Thursday for National Poetry Month

To all my poetry friends and friends who are poets: I confess, I did not remember what a septone poem is. Here is a great definition I found at Mr. Kelly’s Place, a Weebly blog by an Ontario, Canada, educator. A Septone poem consists of 7 lines of simple, just-for-fun, unrhymed verse. Authors commonly use their 7 digit home or cellular phone number (no area codes required) as the digits in the phone number help to establish the number of syllables the author will use per line (assume that zero requires ten syllables). There is no set topics with Septones and students are encouraged to create a story with a beginning, middle and end.  Because of the limited lines and syllables, the author has to … Read more

Literacy + Life – Scribble Me This

Welcome to the third issue of Literacy + Life, our blog series that shares family literacy activities as a way to promote literacy. So often when we hear the word “literacy” we think of the ability to read. Reading is part of the literacy galaxy – but a galaxy has many important parts. It may help to look at literacy as a way of communicating. Through reading we promote literacy in “listening” mode; When we write we promote literacy in “transmit” mode. The cool thing about writing is that it takes many forms. Drawing counts, which means anyone, at any age, can practice their writing. One of the overlooked benefits is that when kids use a marker or crayon or … Read more