Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Countdown to Summer Reading

Kids are SOOOOOOOOO very excited this time of year.  They are excited that the weather is warmer (FINALLY here on the North Coast) and they can play outdoors.  They are excited as new sports seasons get started.  They are excited that school is nearing completion. And they are excited about the impending Summer Reading at their library! Or at least they should be.  And they will be if they hear your impassioned plea for them to join in on the fun. If only you can get into the schools to tell them. Which has become harder every year it seems.  I understand why.  Schools are under an exorbitant amount of pressure for students to perform well on standardized testing, and in Ohio, that means lots of testing during the month of April.  In addition, here the school year has been shifted forward several weeks, again to accommodate testing.  Some of…

Blogger Paige Bentley-Flannery

Poetry Timeline: Slither, Run, Crunch, Flap, Slurp, Aaaaa, Hooray!

Do you have poems swirling in your head?  Do you have one poem memorized that you share every day with someone new in the library?   Do you dress up during poetry month?  Have you created a poetree display? There are so many amazing fun things to do during poetry month!  This year, I switched up my school visits a bit and added a poetry timeline. The poetry timeline works great with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. Below are two options for adding poems to your timeline-Movement: Day 1 and Historical Events. Historical Events Poetry Timeline: Before your school visit, create your poetry timeline on a huge piece of colorful paper using makers or paint. Select a series of interactive poems that match up with a specific date. For example, Velcro by Maria Fleming invented in 1955. Start with a really really early date and end with 2016.  Add between 7-12 poems with a…