Tuesday, January 6, 2015

When Books Calm the Storm.

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Yesterday was our first day back after 2 weeks of winter break.  
The students were amazing.  Engaged.  Slightly tired.  Ready to Work.

Then, it started to snow.  And I mean Winter Storm-Wind Blowing-Only Can You Get in the Middle of the Midwest Snow.  And when the snow-blowing started outside my window?  Forget about it.  Snow Blower 1-Mrs. Limback-0.  

When you are 6 and 7, there is nothing more amazing then the snow that flies through the air when the snow blower roars by your classroom.  I know as their teacher, this is a distraction that you celebrate, embrace.  And yet, the classroom keeps moving.  It moves best when there are books.  Here are 3 books we read yesterday in the middle of the first major snow at school:

This was a great book to remind us to be kind to one another, even if it doesn't seem fair.  If you know first graders, you know that Fair is important.  We had an amazing discussion about kindness and sharing.  A great way to start our time back at school and rebuild our community.  


While stuck inside for recess, we shared Art and Max.  We giggled.  We cheered when Art (Arthur) was put back together.  We looked at that page again and again.  And then we painted. 

Cover image

And at the end of the day, when 3 kids hugged me announced they were tired, and asked to go home; we sat down and read this story.  Spoiler Alert:  Our favorite part was when we realized it was the cat telling the story.  

If you are keeping score--now it's Snow Blower 1; Mrs. Limback 3.  :)  I know how to calm the storm.  Get out the books.  



  1. Beautifully written. I can imagine the snow blowing outside, & all your first graders gathered, reading and enjoying wonderful books. Sounds so cozy!

  2. I love that you got cozy with your books! Three at least, a day ....always will keep the Dr. away! I hadn't heard of Dogs! How fun that it was written by a cat. Those first graders always are really tired by the end of the day, oh and especially when the snow is waiting for them. xo

  3. Ha! The ending to your Slice made me smile. You beat the snow blower!

  4. I love the way you wove great books into the very fabric of your kids school day - exactly how it should be.

  5. Wonderful! Reading while keeping an eye on the snow!

  6. Winning! I can't wait to hear what you read on our too-cold-to-go-to-school-or-anywhere-else day tomorrow!