Books about Generosity

The theme of the month is GENEROSITY.  (Ask your student what the theme of the month is!  We’ve been talking about it a lot!)

There are a lot of books about generosity, but I brought two different ones to team time, knowing that our teachers often read these books during their Classroom Meetings and to avoid repetition.  I brought A Chair for my Mother by Vera Williams and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.  I let the students vote on which book we read, and was a little surprised by what they decided. Grade 1 chose A Chair for My Mother and Grades K and 2 chose The Giving Tree.  I didn’t mind either way, because I love both of these special books.

A Chair for my Mother is about a family whose home is destroyed by a fire and then Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy.  It is a sweet book about compassion and generosity.  There are some other great themes in the book as well.  

The Giving Tree is a wonderful book about generosity.  Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.

I concluded all three team times by challenging our students to find a way to be generous this weekend.

The Quiltmaker’s Gift

This week, during Team Time, we read The Quiltmaker’s Gift.  This was in conjunction with our theme of the month, which is generosity.  This is such a special book-if you haven’t read it, please try to check it out from the library.  In this book, a quiltmaker helps a selfish king learn that giving is the true secret to happiness.  I loved reading this book to the students, mainly because they were captivated by the story!  Ask your student about reading this book with me this week!

Science Tellers

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Our kindergarten students had great fun today while listening to Justin, a ScienceTeller. http://www.sciencetellers.com/

The students watched this scientist do many different experiments with dry ice.  Justin taught the students about how to perform experiments safely, but also how they are a lot of fun!

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Thank you to the PTO for bringing such quality programs to our schools!  Support the PTO!

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