As I showed some of the books from my personal collection to the students this morning, it became clear that I have not been doing my job. They hardly knew any of them! That will change, believe me, as we dive into a Beverly Cleary treasure soon. But where to start? With good ol' Henry Huggins (her first book was about this boy, written in 1950, as Cleary realized that until then, there were very few books about "real" boys), and then onto the wealth of Beezus and Ramona stories? Or do I start with the Mouse and the Motorcycle books, always real crowd pleasers? Decisions.
In the meantime, today I wanted to choose a story that could be read in just one day. I picked one of Cleary's shorter and more recent books (published in 1990), called Muggie Maggie.
Part of the time as I was reading, I gave children to option to try their own hands at cursive. About half the children really wanted to give it a go, and were excited to try something new. I have to say - for beginner writers, they aren't too bad! Now when we do our weekly handwriting practice, I will have cursive sheets for those who are interested, and are ready for the challenge.