Read Across America Rocked!

All over St. John’s we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss, his contributions to children’s literature and the value that books can have in the lives of our students. They were able to come in costume as a favorite character of author. It was so fun to see so many different book personalities and writers represented!

The day began with a D.E.A.R. time in each classroom. Students were able to hold and read real books or listen to books on iPad sites. In first grade we were able to go around the room and scan QR codes that were displayed for several of about 25 Dr. Seuss books. We watched a power point presentation detailing his journey from advertising agency artist to one of the most influential authors of books for children. They learned that his books were sometimes centered around societal issues such as environmentalism, diversity, equal rights and self-esteem. They practiced writing skills by listing four of their favorite Dr. Seuss books. All in all, it was a great day!

By: Mrs. Cook, 1st Grade

Battle of the Books—aka “BOB”

4th and 5th Graders at St. John’s have the opportunity each year to participate in a competitive book club affectionately referred to as “BOB.”  The Battle of the Books program runs from September to February and this year’s students attempted to read 15 books across the genres for a total of 4,009 pages!  During weekly practices BOB readers answer questions that always begin “In which book…” and which they must answer by identifying the correct author and title. Honing their skills as close readers, BOB members learn to pay attention to details other readers often skip over, details found in dedications, prologues, introductions, maps, drawings, photographs, chapter headings, notes from the author, glossaries, etc.—skills that will serve them well throughout the rest of their lives. 

This year’s February 23rd tournament was fierce with a two-point difference in scores between the first and second place teams.  Congratulations to: Battle Book Queens (1st place), The Bobbers’ Secret (2nd place) and The Book Bombers (3rd place).  Our top 14 students will go on to form two new teams which will compete in the Orange County BOB tournament on March 30th.  Go Mustangs! 

By Mrs. Barber, SJLS Librarian

Read Across America Day 

Last Monday, March 2nd, we celebrated Read Across America Day. Our day was filled with lots of fun STEM type activities to help us connect with some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. Dr. Hollatz started us off by reading The Foot Booksince we were all wearing crazy socks. We practiced skip counting to find out the number of girls’, boys’, and adults’ feet we have in our class. We talked about taking care of our earth after we read The Loraxthen balanced pom poms on top of Truffula trees we’d made. Fair treatment for all was our topic after hearing Yertle the Turtlethen stacked as many turtles as we could. Everyone had a chance to work together to stack 100 read cups to represent a giant hat after we read The Cat in the Hat. We ended our special day with two cool gifts to take home. Everyone got to choose a Dr. Seuss eraser and pencil! Oh the thinks you can think!! 

By: Mrs. Cook, 1st Grade

From sea to shining sea, American schools celebrated “Read Across America”  this week.  St. John’s Lutheran School was no exception.  In every classroom, teachers discussed their own favorite, age-appropriate books during informal book talks.  Students, therefore, were exposed to unfamiliar books, prompting many to jot down titles and authors on cards provided by their teachers. Teachers also provided a “free reading” period of time in their teaching schedules, further emphasizing the enjoyment and creative stimulation that reading for pleasure can provide.  Students gratefully took advantage of their teachers’ gift of reading time.

By far, the favorite part of our SJLS “Read Across America” activities was the costume choice that many students (and some brave teachers!) made to honor a favorite literary character.  The halls were filled with min-Harry Potters, junior-Where’s Waldos, and faux-Dr. Seuss characters.  Discussions and laughter overflowed on campus, as students attempted to guess their peers’ literary characters.

Students focused on reading.  People wore costumes.  Laughter erupted.  All told, the day was a complete success. Oh, the places we went!

By: Mr. Smith, 7th grade