Diving Into Another School Year

Has it only been four days since my last post? Tuesday was the first day of the new school year, so I’ve spent the last four days with a very nice new group of 7 and 8 year olds, but it feels more like four weeks since Monday! I cannot believe how much we have done in those four days! It’s been so intense that I haven’t had the time to visit many of your blogs (I have a lot of catching up to do this weekend!), so I feel pretty “out of it.” It will be nice to check back in and see what all of you are reading.

So…what have I been reading in the last four days? Actually, quite a lot! I’ve managed to read a little in the evenings, even though exhausted at the end of the day, so I’m almost through with Tales of Moonlight and Rain which will count for Bellezza’s Japanese Literature Challenge and also for Carl V’s RIP-III Challenge! I’m also listening to an audiobook in the car on my way back and forth to school. It’s a mystery called The Eye of Jade, and I’m enjoying it very much. It’s another one for the RIP-III Challenge.

And of course I must also list the books I’ve read aloud to the Second Graders in the last four days. I introduced them to, and they are now in love with, Kate DiCamillo!

11 thoughts on “Diving Into Another School Year

  1. Kay

    Robin, glad to hear you survived the first week of school. Know you are happy to be back with your kids, but I do understand being weary and ready for the weekend. I’ll be interested to hear what your thoughts about THE EYE OF JADE. I’ve picked that one up several times and can’t decide if I want to read it or not.


  2. J.Danger

    Thats pretty funny because today is my first day on since tuesday as well!

    I LOVE Kate DiCamillo. I still read the Tale of Desperaux any chance I get.


  3. Booklogged

    I didn’t realize Kate DiCamillo had anything else out besides Despereaux and Edward Tulane. I’m going to look for these others at the library to read to my grandkids.

    Have a great school year. I still have dreams about teaching even though I’m retired. They just creep in every once in awhile.


  4. Robin

    Thanks, Kay. This is going to be a fun group of kids to work with this year.

    Hi DebNance, it’s hard to find the time for read alouds when the rest of our curriculum is packed so tightly! But these Mercy Watson books are short and I was able to finish one book a day during those “calm-down-after-recesses” slots of time.

    Thanks, Nymeth! I love reading her words and then watching how my students react to them. It’s so much fun!

    Hi J.Danger, the week just flew by! These first few days of school are so intense for students and their teachers, there’s not much energy left at the end of the day for anything else! I’m looking forward to reading Despereaux to my class this year.

    Booklogged, retired sounds lovely! I’m not surprised that you would still have school dreams, though, especially at this time of year. Just as long as they’re not nightmares!
    DiCamillo has a number of other books out, and I think I’ve read them all now. I’ve decided she is definitely one of my favorite authors. I’m sure your grandkids would get a kick out of the Mercy Watson series. They’re fun for the reader as well as the listener!


  5. Nan

    I haven’t read Desperaux – adult readers may laugh but honestly the description sounded so sad to me. I’ll be interested in your response when you read it. I loved Winn-Dixie to pieces! As I’ve said before, probably last year at this very time, I love your adventures and your readings with the class.


  6. Tara

    We love Mercy Watson, too! I just love the books themselves – they are really,really beautiful. I’m feeling the same about school, but on the other hand as though ‘oh, we have to do this every day again, hmm.’


  7. Robin

    Hi Nan, that’s an interesting statement about Despereaux. I think Kate DiCamillo takes on some sad situations and helps us learn about courage and love and humor. Despereaux goes through some sad/difficult situations, but goodness and love triumph, and all is well. I think that if you loved Winn Dixie, you’d appreciate Despereaux, too.

    Tara, I’m hoping Kate DiCamillo is working on some more Mercy Watsons! They’re so much fun.


  8. Bellezza

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of Tales of Moonlight and Rain. I read it for last year’s RIP II and it’s still in my thoughts this autumn. Rather like Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories, although from an eastern perspective.



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