What We’re Reading is a blog series where we talk about the books Hampton Lutheran School teachers are reading out loud in their classrooms. Here’s what the teachers are reading to their classes this month.
Preschool and PreK: Mrs. Feddern
The first week of April, we read Jesus Appears on the Emmaus Road, a Bible story in The Story Bible, and The Easter Stranger, which is one of the many Arch Books available from Concordia Publishing House. I chose these books to read because they are about the Bible story we are learning about in our religion class: the road to Emmaus.
The books tell about two friends as they journey seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus on Easter day. The friends are sad because Jesus had died on the cross; women told them that Jesus is alive, but they hadn’t seen him with their own eyes.
The risen Jesus joins the two friends on the road and explains the scriptures to them, but the men don’t know it is Jesus. After Jesus blesses their bread and gives it to them, the men’s eyes are opened and they know it’s Jesus. Jesus vanishes, and the two friends walk back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples they had seen Jesus.
After we read the stories, the students acted out the journey of the two men. The students understood more about the books after acting the stories out. They know that Jesus died and rose again to save us from our sins.
Kindergarten: Miss Gocke
The kids love the interesting characters and the wild vocabulary of Dr. Seuss. They think all the silly rhyming words are absolutely hilarious! They are also very into the bright and colorful illustrations.
First and Second Grade: Miss Pope
First and second grade is reading Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. I chose it to read to the kids because it’s fun and imaginative.
The students love reading Pippi Longstocking! They think it is silly. It always has them wondering, questioning, and laughing.
Third and Fourth Grade: Mrs. Montoya
I like to choose books that have won the Newbery Medal. I pick books I love, because I know the kids will love them as well.
Right now, we are reading Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary. We read The Mouse and the Motorcycle. When we finished The Mouse and the Motorcycle, the kids wanted to read another of the Ralph books. We also have read a couple of the Wayside School books by Louis Sachar and Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner.
We have also read The Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes. The Wild Robot was our One School One Book this year, and the students all loved this book. After reading the second book, they have asked me several times if Peter Brown has written another Robot book yet.
This year, we read a choose-your-own-adventure book. I chose to read a choose-your-own-adventure book because we were going to write our own choose-your-own-adventure book after we finished researching the planets in our solar system. I wanted the students to be familiar with the story format before we started writing. All of my choose-your-own-adventure books found their way onto a student’s desk after we had read one as a class.
When we as teachers and adults are excited about reading and books, the students get excited about books, too!