It was not easy posting today. Yesterday I wrote about books, not so hard. It was straightforward with a clear purpose. Today the slices are more open-ended. When I try to write about any topic, it didn't seem so important. I found that I couldn't find a way to make the topic interesting. And so I didn't write, just began to read my blogger friends' posts. They wrote such wonderful thoughts, they told things I didn't know yet, and they showed me that I could write and it would be okay, no matter what. I thank them!
I remembered this: In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death. Anne Frank I have kept it for many years as part of my own philosophy and will continue.
I watched a lesson taught with our youngest students today. On our last morning before vacation, my school has our own Celebration of Light. Each classroom and student and other staff create something to help remember that light is an important part of our lives, that throughout many years, celebrations have occurred at this time of the year in some celebration of light. Today's lesson began yesterday by reading An Angel for Solomon Singer, by Cynthia Rylant illustrated by Peter Catalanotto. Students chose a person that makes them feel good, who 'Lights' their own lives as this Angel did for Solomon. They used block people, traced paper, and colored the faces and clothing. Today they created beautiful settings for the people, and wrote what they wanted to say about this person.
As I sat, I thought this is it! This is why I love my work, my life, just being. I can be with young children and with young people often, enjoying their sweetness, their enthusiasm and joy for living.
So for my post, I am listening to the angels sing, swelling in voice through the newest members, and I thought you would like to see a list of all the books in this classroom's bookshelf. As I observed, I wrote titles, and titles and more titles. I didn't get the authors, but think you'll be able to find most.
The Gingerbread Doll
The Christmas Eve Blizzard
Two Holidays - A Hanukkah and Christmas story
The Night of The Posadas
Inside-Out Grandma-A Hanukkah Story
A Christmas Star Called Hannah
The Winter Solstice
The Baker's Dozen-A Saint Nicholas Tale
Lights of Winter-Winter Celebrations Around The World
The Twelve Days of Christmas-A Piñata for the Pinon Tree
Lighting A Lamp: A Divali Story
The Gingerbread Man
Henry and Mudge and a very Merry Christmas
Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
The Sound of Kwanzaa
A Possible Tree
When Mindy Saved Hanukkah
The Day Before Christmas
The Legend of the Poinsettia
Farelitos for Abuela
Christmas In The Country
My First Kwanzaa
Christmas in the Big Woods
Hannukah Counting Book
Just in Time for Christmas
The Beautiful Christmas Tree
Our Eight Nights of Hanukkah
Joy To Our World!
I'll be back slicing in the new year. Best to you all in your holidays with family and friends.