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Avid Rachel teaches 2nd grade to write shelf talkers!

Rachel Watkins, mama to two Chase Street Tree Frogs and bookseller extraordinaire at Avid Bookshop, visited all three of our second grade classes to teach them how to write a special kind of book review called a shelf talker–you know, those cute little cards hanging up at the bookstore that tell you the employees’ favorites.

Well, now we’ve got shelf talkers stuck all over our shelves at school, too, so if you visit our library, you’ll have plenty of excellent recommendations from our second graders to help you choose the perfect book!

March 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Ms. Tobie visits kindergarten: Too many tamales (or maybe just enough!)

If the kids’ excitement about this lesson was any indication, I’d say Ms. Tobie’s second visit was a smashing success, full of sensory experiences–seeing the ingredients and the story’s illustrations; hearing seeds shaking in the dried chiles; feeling the papery corn husks, leathery chiles, and sticky masa dough; and of course getting to smell and taste those steaming, spicy tamales for themselves.

March 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Kindergarten apples, and a special bilingual visit from Ms. Tobie!

I mentioned in my Halloween post that our kindergarten classes enjoyed a fun apple-and-pumpkin field trip to Jaemor Farms. They had such a great time meeting the farmers and taste-testing some … Continue reading

November 15, 2012 · 1 Comment


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