This was posted for the Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. It was originally on my Tumblr account, but I'm moving it here so it's all together! (3/28)
Anxiously pacing, I wonder about what could go wrong. Did we practice enough? Will the audience laugh in the right spots? Laugh at all?
Frantically, I make one last check of our “set”. Desks are rearranged to allow for the maximum amount of stage space. Chairs are in place for our honored guests. Did I forget anything? Only time will tell.
Students arrive, chirping brightly.
Strained smiles, shaking hands.
I take a moment for a few reminders, before our audience arrives.
“Be sure to pause briefly when they laugh, so they don’t miss your lines.”
“Speak up, don’t go too fast.”
Hands fly up, last minute questions.
“What if I forget my line?”
“Is my mom coming?”
“Can I use the restroom?”
“I don’t know, can you?”
“MAY I use the restroom?”
Parents are the first to arrive. Quietly, they take their seats along the perimeter of the room. First graders file into the classroom and plop down, “crisscross applesauce”, on the floor. Younger siblings, neighbors, and friends frantically wave to their heroes on the stage.
I walk to the front of the room. Silence descends.
“Welcome to our performance. We are so excited to have you here.”
Welcome, my friends, to my first ever GUEST POST! My fabulous school librarian (aka @ReaderRoberts ) decided to hold a parent's book club this year, to give parents ideas for getting kids reading. This past week she held the inaugural session, with a "summer reading" focus. Let us know what you think! Parent Book Club - Summer Reading Sometimes your best ideas come to you in a flash. That is how it was with the parents’ book club. One afternoon I was sharing a title with a parent volunteer and she ended up checking the book out of the library. Nothing unusual. This happens frequently to all of us when we booktalk. What was different was that when the parent returned the book she made the remark that I should share this book with everyone. You have probably guessed by now that the book was Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Through the year I have shared many other great titles –many of them discovered through my PLN on Twitter. The Only and Only Ivan , The
As always, I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of John David Anderson's latest book. I've enjoyed everything he's written - and I've participated in blog tours to celebrate almost all of them! Take a look at the synopsis of the book, then check out my thoughts about this latest release. FINDING ORION by John David Anderson Publishing on May 7, 2019 by Walden Pond Press, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers ISBN: 978-0-06-26489-6 (Overview from publisher) Sometimes you need to lose something in order to find yourself. Beloved author John David Anderson returns with a heartwarming, heartbreaking and unforgettable story of the true power and limits of family. Ron Kwirk comes from a rather odd family. His mother named him and his sisters after her favorite constellations, and his father makes funky-flavored jelly beans for a living. One sister acts as if she’s always onstage, and the other is a walking dictionary. But no one in the family is more