Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Food is one things that brings people together all around the world. It's fun to discover the different traditions that revolve around food. Many cultures have special treats that are made just for the holidays and many of the traditions that we enjoy today came from other cultures. Making gingerbread houses is a tradition that I have fond memories of, and the tradition that I am sharing with students this week. I hope you have traditions of your own and remember the most important thing is to HAVE FUN and create great memories.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Oranges

We are sharing the book "Christmas Oranges" this week in the library, a touching story that reminds me of what we should do at Christmas... Love, Serve, and Share!

Found this summary on Barnes & Noble website...
"The only home little Rose has ever known was the orphanage, but Mrs. Hartley cares for all the children as if they were her own. Then Mrs. Hartley dies, and Rose is sent to a new orphanage, which is as cold and cruel as her previous home was kind. Gradually Rose makes a few friends, and she learns from them that every Christmas a generous neighbor donates a box of oranges for the children.

An unimaginable treat for a little orphan girl, an orange is an unknown luxury for little Rose. But on Christmas morning, there is no orange for Rose, only a broken-hearted child. What happens next is part of the miracle of Christmas . . .

In a charming retelling of this well-loved story, author Linda Bethers brings to new life the spirit of Christmas . . . and of love."

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Stories

December is here!
Pull out those advent calenders and favorite Christmas stories. One of my favorite traditions is reading Christmas stories and I am sharing this tradition with students this week. We are listening to "The night Before Christmas" with the younger grades and a small part of "A Christmas Carol" with upper grades. There are so many good stories to read during the holidays, I hope you will take a little time to enjoy some good holiday books together with those you love.