Dreamy December Days Read-a-thon: Day 1

ddd-banner(For the first post of this Read-a-thon challenge, I look briefly at my to be read  list.) 

This week begins like any other. As it is a Sunday, I am able to begin the morning with some blog reading. Each Sunday morning, I sit in front of the computer with my glass of water and bowl of fruit and read the blogs that appear on my reader. I enjoy the photos that people have posted, some poetry, and read a little on what people are doing in their lives around the world.

Today I intend to finish the book I picked up yesterday. I was feeling a little restless in the afternoon so , in between the work I was doing, I opened the novel my daughter had finished reading: Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy. The book has been nominated for the Red Maple Award this year. My daughter loved it and, as I am reading it, I can see why. The story is about a twelve year old who, after being struck by lightening, is able to hear the voices of ghosts. There are some funny moments in the story and it is turning out to be a fun read.

During the week I will be referring to the Kindergarten Curriculum Document for Ontario. I am currently learning the expectations in the document and still need to finish reading it. As I prepare lessons and improve my understanding of what play-based learning is, I will be reading this often during this week and the weeks that follow.

I am currently waiting for a book I have ordered that will discuss the use of Art in inquiry-based learning. Once I receive that, I will begin reading it.

Another book I will begin this week is Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith. This story I will read on from my iPad on the train & bus while I travel to and from work – the perfect way to while away the one and a half hours I spend in transit.  The story is based on a well-known character, Snow White. In this tale, however, she is a mother whose daughter is getting married; and a woman who is experiencing depression after the death of her king. I look forward to reading this slant of a character that has been romanticised by Disney.

As always I will also glance through the newspaper and read any article that will catch my eye. And who knows, I may change my mind and read a book I have not yet planned.

What do you plan on reading this week?

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26 thoughts on “Dreamy December Days Read-a-thon: Day 1

      1. Hi Colline, I’m reading the village teacher, which was recommended and written by one of our blogger, neihtn. Also, downloaded the Incident at Montebello and Lincoln by Doris Kearns a couple weeks ago…
        I really enjoy reading your book reviews.

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  1. Right now I am slogging my way through “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and The Making of the Modern Middle East” by Scott Anderson. It is complicated yet compelling. Plus I am learning so much about the events and people that led to World War I.

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  2. Thanks for sharing what you’re reading. The Snow White books sounds great and also the play-based kindergarten book. There’s very little play left in kindergarten classes in my opinion.

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    1. In the Ontario curriculum, play-based and inquiry-based learning is important. I am learning how to guide the children in this so that they are learning as well as playing.

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