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Saturday, January 31, 2015

PJHS 2015 Book Fair

1802 Cedar St  Lawrenceville, Illinois 62439
(618) 943-2327

Mark your calendars! 
Plan to attend the Book Fair at
Parkview Jr. High School
coming February 6th to 12th

Support literacy & youngsters
Buy books
PJHS earns "Bucks" for new books
 Everyone wins


Marvelous Adventures

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Up and Away

What's learned from
listening to someone read
or reading ourselves and then 
having a discussion, is beyond imagination.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Don't Miss this Book

Eleanor Estes’ The Hundred Dresses was the 1945 Newbery Honor book; it's never been out of print since. You'll meet Wanda Petronski, an immigrant girl in a Connecticut school who's  ridiculed daily for wearing the same a faded blue dress. Wanda explains to anyone who'll listen that she has one hundred dresses at home, but classmates assume she does not and they make her life miserable.  

Her father has enough and pulls Wanda out of school; it’s then too late for anyone to apologize.   Maddie, one of Wanda's classmates who felt badly about the daily bullying but never took steps to stop it, now knows she's made a horrible mistake.  

The Hundred Dresses is one book every student should hear or read themselves.  This powerful tale speaks to an essential need all children have for acceptance and inclusion.  It's about teasing, and forgiveness.  

Helena Estes, the author's daughter has been asked about how her mother came to write this classic. It turns out that the author was inspired by a girl in her own class who always wore the same dress and was teased, and then moved away. Helena Estes explains that her mother never had a chance to apologize: "What could she do so many years later, my mother wondered, to set things right to reach out to the girl who had stood lonely and silent against the red brick wall of the school? Well, she thought, the one thing she could do was to write her story." 

The Hundred Dresses
Fiction:  AR Book Level= 5.4
Word Count= 7,342

"Book Talk" summary:
The Hundred Dresses:

Find this book in Parkside's
Media Center or the Title 1 Room.
Check it out from the Lawrence Public Library:

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We know "Readers Are Leaders!"

What About a Library?

Creating a home library says "Reading's  important!"  Likewise,
having books of his/her own in a
special place boosts the chances
that a youngster will read  even more. 
Why not start one?  The link above has ideas
to consider if you plan on building a personal
library. Start 2015 off right with something
unique that spurs opportunities to read.    

Keep kids thinking & learning......

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Reading and the Brain

Have you discovered "Love for Reading?"
It shares suggestions to develop 
strong habits for learners of all ages. 

"Reading and the Brain" 
is the feature we're viewing this week.  

What A Vocabulary!

Opportunities to read followed by
  conversation is a great way to help
children develop vocabulary
and comprehension skills!
Thank you Bil & Jeff Keane with "Family Circus"