Catawampus?

Don’t you just love the English language? It is continually evolving and changing to reflect the times. Take for example, fomo, selfie, chillax, guyliner, mankini, twitterati to name just a few.

This morning I opened a box of books and was intrigued by a book titled The Catawampus Cat by Jason Carter-Eaton. Its a magical story about a peculiar crooked cat who helps people see things a little differently. On reading the blurb I was surprised to learn that catawampus is a real word dating back to the 1840s and means  “diagonal or at an angle,” “askew, awry, or crooked.” For example, “Mr Gaffney, your tie is catawampus; let me straighten it for you.”

It got me thinking about how much fun it would be to make up some crazy words of my own. What about…

Excelagination: “Colin Thompson books show that he has an excelagination.”

Campeachy: “One of Mrs Riding’s favourite holidays is to campeachy.”

Why don’t you make up some new words of your own? Go on. I challenge you.

A Notable announcement!

 
Last week saw the announcement by the Children’s Book Council of Australia(CBCA) of this year’s list of notables or in other words, the ‘long list.’ It is from these books that the short list will be selected next month in the lead up to Book Week. We are very fortunate in Australia to have such a depth of talented authors and illustrators producing quality books for children and young people. This is evident when you look at the diverse range of titles included in this year’s list. Have a look for yourself.

2017 Notables

 

My weekend with Sarah

Dear Diary,

Today I came home with Sarah and she introduced me to her dad and her stepmum Lizzie,(short for Elizabeth) I sat on the blanket and read Pig the Pug then she introduced me to her baby brother Darcy who is almost 5 months old. He is so cute!

Sincerely, Blog Dog

Dear Diary,

Today was a big day! Sarah took me to school and I stayed in my bag reading. Sarah’s mum picked us up from school then we drove to pick up Jas, her big sister from high school. We stayed home, I watched the TV and took a long nap. Sarah tucked me in and read my fav book. We have a big day tomorrow so I need a big sleep. We’re going to the beach tomorrow.

Goodnight! Sweet dreams & lots of hugs from Blog Dog

Dear Diary,

I went to the beach with Sarah, Angelique and Annabelle. We had lots of fun swimming and building sandcastles. Today is my last day with Sarah before I go back to Mrs Riding.

Lots of hugs, Blog dog, BD

WRAD wrap

We had an awesome day as we celebrated WRAD. The whole school stopped as one at 11am and celebrated the joy of reading by having a great story read to them.


Mrs Johnson read Stories from our street by Richard Tullock to 3J.


An inspirational local deaf woman, Pam Wells, shared Little owl by Phillip Gwynne with K/6D and then they had fun creating some art work.


Miss Wright read The book with no pictures by B.J.Novak to 2W and then everyone shared a book either from home or from the class library.


Mrs Robinson read Shaun Tan’s Rules of Summer before starting Alice’s adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll to 3/4P. Students also had a chance to choose their own book to read.


These super star students were spotted in our library.

Happy WRAD everyone!

It’s Read Aloud Day everyday for these beautiful babes.

Mrs Brown’s daughter Nicole and her grandson Ari love reading together before bedtime. Mrs Brown told me Ari has an amazing library already. The Cranky Bear is among his favourites.


Mrs Robinson and Georgie have fun reading together. Angelina Ballerina and a cuddle before bed. It doesn’t get any better than this.


Hudson loves being read to. Miss Wright says it’s his favourite thing to do. He just LOVES books!


Mrs Bull and Maxi enjoy a story too.

Are you ready for WRAD? 5/6P and Miss Penburthy are all set. I wonder what great book they will be sharing?

Everyone loves having a great story read to them. Why don’t you surprise someone special and read to them today. I’d love to hear from you.

World Read Aloud Day (WRAD)

On Thursday the 16th of February Tenambit Public School will join millions of people from all over the world who will be celebrating World Read Aloud Day.

Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. It is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. http://www.litworld.org/wrad

Why don’t you join us too by reading aloud and sharing a story or two?

Please leave a comment and let me know who you read to.

Fantabulous February

Isn’t it great to be back? During the holidays Sarah posted an acrostic poem on her blog that inspired me to have a go myself. Here’s my attempt.

This one’s also for you Mr Brown. I know how much you love acrostics.

 

 

Familiarity and comfort of home after a month away.

 

 

Energy, enthusiasm and inspiration gained from being back among my peers.

 

 

Blistering summer sunshine. Just perfect for long days at the beach.

 

 

Ripe, luscious, juicy stone fruit. Yum! Yum! Yum!

 

 

Unlimited supply of books. Pure bliss!

 

 

Amazing art being created for the art extravaganza.

 

 

Rewards and joy that every day brings and lastly,

 

You, the students of Tenambit who give my life meaning and purpose.

Reflections and resolutions

The rush and excitement that accompanies the Christmas and New Year celebrations are behind us and this, the first week of January sees a slowing of pace and for me heralds a time of reflection and resolutions. This is fitting as January is named after the Roman god Janus who according to legend was given the ability to see into the past and the future by the God Saturn. This is why we see Janus depicted with two heads facing in opposite directions, one looking to the year that’s past and one looking to the future. As important as it is to acknowledge, value and learn from the past I think it’s vital to set realistic goals and face the new year with gratitude and optimism. Bring on a healthy and happy 2017.

 

Perfect Platinum!

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Absent from photograph: Blair B.

Platinum! It doesn’t get any better than this. We have a record number of students receiving platinum awards in this year’s NSW Premiers Reading Challenge. This certificate can only be received in year 6 as it signifies successful completion in every school year. I am very proud of these super students. I hope they continue to take part in the challenge as they move on to high school. Three more years of successful completion will see them receive a medal from the NSW Premier in 2019.

Happy reading!

2/3E & K/6D BookFace Friday

A number of students expressed regret when BookFace Friday wrapped up a few weeks ago. I commented to Charlie V in 2/3E that I’d be happy to post a student BookFace if they found the books. This is the result.

It was a bit tricky to work out who was behind each book even for me, so I have decided to give some clues.  See how you go and be sure to post a reply if you want to see more.

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1. Rhymes with ‘Bali.’

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2. She shares her name with a highly perfumed spring flower.

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3. Anagram of ‘Brain’.

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4. Three Syllables, Ist syllable rhymes with ‘Sack,’ 2nd rhymes with ‘Hen,’ 3rd with ‘Bee.’

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 5. Rhymes with ‘Smiley.’

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6. Two syllables; 1st syllable rhymes with ‘Ray’ 2nd rhymes with ‘Ban’.

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7. Rhymes with ‘Aims.’

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8. Two syllables; 1st syllable is the opposite of ‘Less’, 2nd syllable rhymes with ‘Can.’

Did you see a book here that you would like to borrow? They are all in our library.

A Child of Books

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“I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories.”

A little girl, a child of books, sails her raft across a sea of words and arrives at the house of a young boy. She invites him to go away with her on an adventure into a world of stories… where, with only a little imagination, anything at all can happen.

This much anticipated, clever collaboration between Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston was worth the wait. It is simply stunning! Jeffers lyrical hand written narrative and illustrations are in stark contrast, yet beautifully woven into the typographical landscapes crafted by Winston from classic books. This book invites you to question and explore. It is a true celebration of the magic of books and the power of the imagination.

Are you a child of books or are you still waiting to climb aboard the raft and be taken on that journey? What books inspired you? I’d love to know.

Flood by Jackie French

Flood by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley has certainly become a favourite of both teachers and students at Tenambit Public school. It has been the subject of many book reviews and most recently has been the inspiration for some beautiful artwork by 4G. Students were then asked to select their favourite painting and critique it. I have posted a  number of the critiques and artworks by the very talented and creative students in 4G.dvv-htjlzaiwzdja5japydl72ejkfbmt4t8yenimkbvvk0ktmf0xjctabnaljim9

Please take a look at the following posts and feel free to leave them a comment. I’m sure the students would appreciate your words of encouragement. 😊