Today our Creekers pledged to read 1,000,000 words this year and because they promised I invited Willy Wonka and a couple of the Oompa Loompas to school to celebrate. I got the golden ticket, blew up like Violet Beauregard and went down the chocolate water slide! I'll do anything to get kids to read!
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Richard Kearney says “Telling stories is as basic to human beings as eating. More so, in fact, for while food makes us live, stories are what make our lives worth living.”
As we explore our past, present and future through stories this year each grade level falls into a different genre:
Kindergarten becomes the land of Mother Goose where the lilting sing song of Nursery Rhymes begins their journey with words and helps them piece Humpty together or run after the dish and spoon.
In First Grade our young readers will explore the Classic Characters found in those series books that made us fall in love with being a real reader, fumbling along with Junie B or enjoying the folly of Frog and Toad and the precious mice from the Henkes’ works.
In Second Grade young minds will travel to far away lands and experience marvelous things through Fairy Tales of princesses and beanstalks and magical creatures.
In Third Grade the intriguing guides those readers as they try to solve the great Mysteries alongside Cam Jansen and Jigsaw Jones.
In Fourth Grade non-fiction reigns as they dive into the Biographies of the those who have gone before us and made the world more interesting from Ben Franklin to Katherine Johnson.
Fifth Grade falls into the world of Fantasy as a way to explore Percy Jackson powers or wave Harry Potter’s wand.
And the Resource Team are our narrators, adding action and art and song to our worlds of words.
Nursery Rhymes, Classic Characters, Fairy Tales, Mysteries, Biographies, Fantasy
Story – Google defines story as an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment OR an account of past events in someone's life or in the evolution of something. It’s time to tell our story, a story of real people and events that have not only entertained but transformed those involved through continuous focus on relationships first, taking sometimes uncomfortable risks and producing unprecedented results over and over again – even as the characters have changed.
For twenty years the Chets Creek story has continued to evolve but also prosper. Just as in the case of all the classic stories ours has included quests, comedy, drama, tragedy, rebirth, love, dreams, success – magic. Twenty years – many have wondered how we have been able to sustain such a culture year after year. I know the answer – exceptional people doing exceptional work stands the test of time. Ours is a story that stands the test of time.
So come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned, just think of happy, happy things and your heart will fly on wings, into Creeker Forever Land!
Once Upon A Time...