I love linking up to a wonderful celebratory community, inspired by Ruth Ayres, every Saturday!
My students connected with Mr. Etkin's Alphabloggers this week by reading and commenting on each other's One Little Word Kidblog posts. We are in Ohio, and his classes are in New York, so my sixth graders thought it was really cool to reach out over the states to share writing.
My friends and I went to Cincinnati's Aronoff Center to see "Kinky Boots" Thursday night. I honestly didn't know what to expect - I just knew it a multiple Tony award winner. Now I know why! It was an incredibly entertaining musical. It's funny, heartwarming, and fabulous! Our Broadway series is great this season - we were wishing we had bought season tickets! We want to go to "Newsies" next!
Usually, I watch the Youth Media Awards with my students every year, but this year, we had a work day, which meant I was at school, but my students were at home. That was a bummer! I still watched the livestream, though, as I worked at my desk. I celebrate all the winners! What an interesting year it was - a picture book won the Newbery! I was especially excited about Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's book, The War That Saved My Life, winning THREE awards! We had just Skyped Kimberly the previous week because it was my fifth grade read aloud before winter break. I celebrate all the fabulous children's literature that won awards on Monday!
Now I'm celebrating our three-day weekend!