#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading? 3.23.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

Well, HELLO, friends! I apologize for no IMWAYR posts for the past couple of weeks – I was busy having a baby ;) YES, I am still reading – not as much time to do it right now, of course – but, here’s what we got:

In print:  Still working on Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. I like it even more than I did when I started reading it a few weeks ago. Excellent book. Also reading On Becoming Baby Wise by Ezzo. 

Listening to: Finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Read Scary Mommy by Smokler. Started The Girl on the Train by Hawkins. I got an Audible subscription and it’s been amazing. It’s way easier to stay awake listening to a book AND it allows me to listen while nursing or doing laundry or whatever. Love it!

To Baby: Her first book was Pat the Bunny. We have also read a little black, red, and white infant book that came with a sample of formula I got and Big Dog, Little Dog. We have read these 3 books multiple times. Of course, I’m sort of reading them to myself at the moment, but I figure we need to get in the habit now – I’m a librarian, for goodness sake!

What are you reading?

VBF

PS – Baby arrived Tuesday, March 10 at 3:09pm

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Maternity Leave – Weeks 2 & 3

We have a baby!

Maternity Leave weeks 2 & 3 have been a bit of a blur, but let’s see if I can catch you up –

Week 2

Monday was spent with final prep for baby. Went to a yoga class, went to acupuncture, enjoyed being able to drive myself around. Tried to talk my doctor out of inducing me on Tuesday. No luck there.

Tuesday was spent having a baby! She arrived at 3:09pm. I’m not really going to go into my Birth Plan and Birth Story and all that here, but I was able to have a natural birth – for the most part – which is what I wanted. I am in “recovery” mode for the next 4 – 6 weeks (8 weeks total).

The rest of Week 2 and Week 3

A BLUR! My husband and I are hanging in there. We have had lots of help from my dad and my in-laws and our friends have been wonderful. I have struggled with breastfeeding, but it sounds like everyone does. I’m not exclusively BF and I’m okay with that. Our baby is beautiful and happy and that’s all that is important! I’m sure she wonders when we are going to figure out how to take care of her…we are wondering that too ;)

So, there you have it! I haven’t touched my National Boards or anything work related (except checking email at least once a day), but now that we are getting more in the swing of things, I’m hoping to get back to National Boards soon. Right now, we are still all baby, all the time…

How was your week?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 3.9.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In print:  Just started Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. I like it. Seems like a good YA read for those who like Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

Listening to: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. A humorous murder mystery revolving around a school Silent Auction/Bingo night. Kind of making me laugh.

What are you reading?

VBF

PS – As of this blog writing…no baby…YET!

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Maternity Leave – Week 1

My first week of maternity leave is over and I have no baby to show for it! Not YET ;)

I have been asked by a lot of folks how I’ve been spending my time this past week – well, here you go:

1. NB. I am renewing my National Board Certification. Everything is due in May. So, I’ve worked a good bit on that this week.

2. Reading! I’ve been reading for pleasure a lot this week…that’s not unusual, but I have spent more time reading this week than I would have during a typical school week. That will change very, very soon – I know – so I better do it while I can! Lucky for me though, the kind of books I’ll be reading to baby are also the same types of books I consider “pleasure reading,” so maybe things won’t change too much as far as that goes, after all!

3. Writing. In addition to working on National Boards, I completed some book reviews for Library Media Connection that are due in March and April.

4. Working. I have been checking email and answering texts from work, doing what I can to help out from home. Once the baby gets here, I know that will have to stop, but I’m happy to help while I can.

5. Grown up stuff. Errands, bills, laundry, cooking, appointments, blah, blah, blah.

So, don’t worry, I’ve been busy…but, I’m ready to have a baby to share it all with! Any day now!

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 3.2.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In print:  Finished reading OCD, The Dude, and Me by Vaughn. I liked it, but I wish we had found out what exactly had happened to the main character’s best friend earlier in the book. So much more could have come from the main character and the story – the book would have been better, I think. I can’t really say much without giving anything away, but the ending was odd and seemed to fit better somewhere else. I started an early reader chapter book for a review I’m writing for Library Media Connection and I plan to start another book later today!

Listening to: Yes, Please by Poehler was excellent. Now listening to Fish in a Tree by Hunt. This is a book everyone is talking about and it keeps showing up in the blogs and Twitter feeds I read…and, I can totally see why. Very good.

What are you reading?

VBF

PS – I have started my maternity leave! There is no actual baby (yet), but I still plan to update my Monday readings…they just may be more board books than anything else for awhile :)

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Week 26 – my LAST WEEK (for now)!

Week 26 was a whirlwind – it was my last week before maternity leave and a short week for students and teachers (there was no school on Friday). Somehow, we got everything in…I think!

Kindergarten – 5th grade voted for their favorite South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee and South Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee. The NPES winners are That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems and Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli.  State winners will be announced at the Annual SCASL Conference in just a couple of weeks!

5th graders wrapped up Harlem Renaissance lessons with a “cafe.” We ate red beans and rice, cornbread, and lemonade while we looked at pictures from the past month, listened to music from the Harlem Renaissance, shared poetry students had written, and looked at the murals each class made last week. I think this unit was a success!

5th grade Media Technology learned about Garageband on the iPads. They will continue that learning into next week.

I hosted two more “book tastings.” A 4th grade teacher wanted a Picture Book Book Tasting. This is my favorite one to do, I think. Once students get into about 3rd grade, they seem to want to move out of the Everybody Fiction section (that is what I call my picture book section) and they only want to check out chapter books. I LOVE picture books and there are SO MANY that are better for older readers than for little guys and that’s what I tell my upper grade levels when they do things like Book Tastings. There were lots of picture books checked out afterwards, so hopefully, they will continue checking them out. I also hosted another Non-Fiction Book Tasting for a 3rd grade class. Book Tastings are like Musical Chairs, except instead of the kids moving, the books move. A good way to introduce new books.

I Skyped South Africa with two 5th grade classes this week. I signed up to be a part of The Traveling Rhinos Project over the summer at ISTE. This project’s goal is to share with students information about endangered animals, in particular, rhinos. It is hosted by Karen Stadler and is a very cool project. We hosted one of five stuffed rhinos. My 5th grade teacher taught her students about endangered animals earlier in the school year, so she revisited that lesson and students did a little bit of independent research to come up with questions to ask Mrs. Stadler during our Skype. We spent about 20 minutes with her on Wednesday morning. It was informative and I think the students really got something out of it – they asked lots of good questions. The plan is for them to brainstorm some things they can do to help the rhinos. Our rhino has been sent on to the next location…I’m interested to see how long this project goes on for!

I sent out my March newsletter and got ready to say good bye (for now) to my school family! My last day was Thursday…I am now on maternity leave, which is strange! There is no baby (yet), but she is going to come any day now. I’ll still update the blog, but it may turn into more of a “mommy blog” than a lessons/library blog. I do have a long term sub coming in, but she is a retired librarian and I did not really leave “lesson plans” for her for each week…she knows what she’s doing, so I’m not going to be doing weekly lesson updates here. Also, I’m not sure how interesting what I’m doing for the next few months is going to be to others (sat on the couch and nursed, listened to my baby cry, watched my baby sleep…that’s about what I’ll be doing, right? This is my first time!)…but, stay tuned!

VBF

 

 

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BABIES Story Time Theme

Babies…they are cute. And, they were the theme for this month’s Lion Cub Story Time!

I made a playlist on Spotify of songs about babies.

Name tags were bottle shaped.

I started with The Baby Goes Beep by O’Connell

Then I did this “Poor Little Baby” flannel board activity – when you click on the link, scroll down…it is the second one she talks about on the blog (I got both of my flannel board activities for this story time from the Libraryland blog, actually).

I read I Kissed the Baby by Murphy

We did the “Sweet Babies” flannel board activity from Libraryland. 

I read Shake It Up, Baby! by Katz (this book is really cute, by the way…I think I might have to buy it for my own baby). I gave my friends at story time maracas from the music teacher to shake along with the book.

We did an easy craft – bibs! Idea for craft (and for many of the books I read) came from this blog post. 

Our snack was Teddy Grahams…because what baby doesn’t like teddy bears?

There will still be Lion Cub Story Time while I am out on maternity leave. However, I left plans for themes that I have already done, so you already know about them! The BABIES theme was in honor of my own baby…arriving any day now (but, hopefully in two weeks…her parents still have some things to do ;) )

VBF

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