Archive for May, 2005

Summer Contest!

To enter the contest, guess which L & L student you think this is: you can post your guess under comments or email me. You can also email me your scanned photo of yourself reading or writing as a child for future contests! I’ll post the answer here soon, so keep checking back!

Here’s the first photo in our contest:

emergent reader

P.S. There is no prize!


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Summer Reading List

What’s on your summer reading list? Here’s mine:

1. Mobility Lounge by David Lincoln
2. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
3. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
4. The Glass Bead Game by H. Hesse
5. other things

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This article from the Los Angeles Daily News (5/08/05) talks about how parents are involved at the school and are reading Harry Potter in their native language (Spanish). What’s really cool about this book club is that the principal is participating. That’s very welcoming, I would think.
Here’s the link: http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~20954~2857815,00.html

Harry Potter books help Spanish speakers learn English

By Lisa M. Sodders, Staff Writer

SAN FERNANDO — Harry Potter may be a fictional character, but he’s is helping bridge the gap between real-life Spanish-speaking parents and their English-speaking children at San Fernando Middle School.

About 15 parents gather each Thursday morning at the school with Principal Eloisa Marquez to read British author J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular stories about the boy wizard in translated Spanish editions.

“They can discuss it with their children and even have arguments about it,” said Marquez, who started the program in March. “They enjoy it to the point where they don’t want to leave (the school).”

Marquez also uses the books to help parents with their English. She gives them vocabulary lists and homework — often the same assignment as their children.

And the results have been nothing short of magical as parents have suggested additional projects and become more involved at the school.

For Cinco de Mayo last week, for example, the parents researched regional foods of Mexico and brought samples for the children, donned native costumes and set up elaborate displays with information about each region.

Their next project is a Harry Potter quilt.

Maria Estrada, 46, of San Fernando, has read all five of the Harry Potter books, and enjoys discussing them with her 12-year-old daughter, Jocelyn.

“I like everything,” she said. “The history, the imagination, the magic. Sometimes I don’t understand something, and she explains it to me, and I explain it to her.”

Verova Vivanco, 44, of San Fernando, said her favorite character is “El profesor de la quimica ,” or Potions Master Snape, Harry’s nemesis. The surly and sarcastic Snape is different from the other teachers, who tend to be nice, she explained in Spanish.

Marquez herself is a tremendous Harry Potter fan whose office is crammed with all things Harry: several wands, a Golden Snitch lamp, Harry Potter toothpaste, and even a Sorting Hat, handmade by her 75-year-old mother, who also is reading the books — in Spanish.

One of the reasons the Harry Potter books lend themselves so well to education is that children are enthusiastic about the series, and the books feature problem-solving skills and other positive concepts that teachers can build on, said Chad Fenwick, physical education adviser for K-12 for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

If they get parents involved in the school, that’s another plus.

“Parents are a big key in the education of the child,” said Fenwick, who has read the books himself. “We can only do so much, but if the parents are supportive of the school and what the child is learning, then the child takes much more interest in it.”

Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com

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Mem Fox!

Today at Book People, the talented Australian author read aloud three wonderful books: Where is the Green Sheep?, Hunwick’s Egg, and Tough Boris. She also answered questions asked by Kindergarten and first grade students from Pease Elementary.


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L & L Students at Elizabeth Moje’s visit


Lynn Masterson & Denise Duncan

Recent Ph.D. Grad Caitlin Dooley with Dr. Bonnie Elliot

Trudy and Baby!


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Mem Fox

Mem Fox will be at Book People, Friday, May 6 at 11:00 A.M. to read from her latest book Hunwick’s Egg.
From the website:

BookKids Special Event – After much too long a time, Mem Fox returns. She is bringing her exciting new book Hunwick’s Egg
Friday, May 6, 2005 11:00 AM

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