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Recommended Summer Reading from Winchester Fifth Graders

We just finished visiting all the Winchester 5th grade classes this week. It's always a lot of fun for us to get out of the library and see you in your schools We recommended a lot of great books to them, but they also recommended a lot of great books to us. You can find our list on our website, and you can find their list below.

Thanks again for welcoming us into your schools!

Sidekicked Anderson, John David
Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-year-old GI (YA) Smithson, Ryan
The Magic Thief Prineas, Sarah
The Mysterious Benedict Society Stewart,Trenton
The Kingdom Keepers Pearson, Ridley
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Angleberger, Tom
Alien in my Pocket Ball, Nate
El Deafo Bell, Cece
Ender’s Game Card, Orson Scott
Floors Carman, Patrick
Planet Tad  Carvell, Tim
Artemis Fowl Colfer, Eoin
Love That Dog Creech, Sharon
The Maze Runner (YA) Dashner, James
Flora and Ulysses DiCamillo, Kate
Ranger’s Apprentice (YA) Flanagan, John
Asterix Goscinny, René
Genius Files series Gutman, Dan
Closed for the Season Hahn, Mary Downing
Tin Tin Herge
The Outsiders Hinton, S.E.
That was Then,This is Now (YA) Hinton, S.E.
Stormbreaker (YA) Horowitz, Anthony
Regarding the Fountain Klise, Kate
Inside Out and Back Again/ Lai, Thanhha
To Kill a Mockingbird (YA) Lee, Harper
The Giver Lowry, Lois
When You Reach Me Mass, Wendy
Myth-O-Mania series McMullan, Kate
Sparrow Road O’Connor, Sheila
Eragon Paolini, Christopher
Maximum Ride Patterson, James
Witch and Wizard (YA) Patterson, James and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Magic Sage,Angie
The Geography of You and Me (YA) Smith, Jennifer
The Book Thief (YA) Zusak, Markus

Summer Reading Kickoff Party with Toe Jam Puppet Band!!

Today we kicked off our Summer Reading Program in style with the Toe Jam Puppet Band! The guys kept us laughing for the whole program, everyone definitely had an awesome time!!

 

 

Bubbles!!

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes...and some other stuff!

 

Dancing like a monkey!!!

 

June Workshop - Scratch

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In honor of the Women's World Cup, we built soccer goal keepers this month. Instead of using the LEGO software, however, we programmed our goalies using MIT's free software Scratch

 

Scratch is a little more sophisticated than LEGO code and brings us a little closer to higher-level text programming languages, such as Python. Some of the concepts, such as the use of variables, might have been a little confusing, but that's okay for now. I'm sure if your children stick with it, it will eventually click. I encourage them to download Scratch to their own computers and start to play around. There are tons of great resources on the web. And, of course, we also have some good books in the library:

  1. Super Scratch programming adventure! : learn to program by making cool games! by the LEAD Project
  2. Scratch programming in easy steps by Sean McManus
  3. Learn to program with Scratch : a visual introduction to programming with games, art, science, and math by Majed Marji
  4. Python for kids : a playful introduction to programming by Jason R. Briggs

June LEGO Science Workshop - Scratch

In honor of the Women's World Cup, we built soccer goal keepers this month. Instead of using the LEGO software, however, we programmed our goalies using MIT's free software Scratch.

Scratch is a little more sophisticated than LEGO code and brings us a little closer to higher-level text programming languages, such as Python. Some of the concepts, such as the use of variables, might have been a little confusing, but that's okay for now. I'm sure if your children stick with it, it will eventually click. I encourage them to download Scratch to their own computers and start to play around. There are tons of great resources on the web. And, of course, we also have some good books in the library:

  1. Super Scratch programming adventure! : learn to program by making cool games! by the LEAD Project
  2. Scratch programming in easy steps by Sean McManus
  3. Learn to program with Scratch : a visual introduction to programming with games, art, science, and math by Majed Marji
  4. Python for kids : a playful introduction to programming by Jason R. Briggs

Stuffed Animal Sleepover - June

We had another eventful Stuffed Animal Sleepover this week! We thought Chester would be able to keep everyone in line...we were wrong (again)!

Making Frushi at Family Cooking Club

Last night we had another successful Family Cooking Club! This time the kids made their own fruit sushi (aka Frushi)!

The results were delicious!!