It's Monday! My favorite!
The good thing about Sundays is Game of Thrones and Preacher. The bad thing about Sundays is Mondays.
Yesterday was Father's Day. I spent the day with family enjoying the outdoors, playing with my nieces and nephews, and eating 8 times more food than I should have. Last night and this morning, I have been paying for that mistake. I'm bloated and uncomfortable, and let's be honest, a big grouchy. This morning when I was getting ready to leave the house, I looked around and made sure I had everything I needed, just like I do every morning. Only when I parked my car at work (40 minutes later!) did I realize that I left two books at home. Well, I thought, I hope I don't need those books for today's lesson. Guess what?
I had to switch my Reader's Workshop focus to Tuesday's book, which is all about - YOU GUESSED IT - making mistakes! That's a pretty tricky twist of fate, amiright? Thanks, Universe. I hear ya. Fortunately, I'm flexible and can figure out what to do with what I've got. I SOLVED MY PROBLEM!
Writer's Workshop: Today we're reading The Watermelon Seed. In this story, an adorable crocodile swallows a watermelon seed and freaks out wondering what will happen to the seed inside his (her?) body. I chose this book because it has a lot of examples of onomatopoeia. This week's writing books are all grammar/design related. But guess what? That crocodile swallowed a watermelon seed, which in his (her?) mind is very clearly a mistake! However, when he (she?) burps up the seed, it's right back to eating watermelon!
Reader's Workshop: What's the opposite of a biography? Whatever that is, this book is that for me. It's called The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. It's about a girl who amazingly (and as the title suggests) never makes a mistake. Like never. She's never spilled her milk, she's never gotten a wrong answer on a test, she's never dropped her pencil on the floor. During a talent show for the school in which she does an act she's done a million times before, she makes a mistake. BONUS: there are a couple of great examples of onomatopoeia that we talked about as we were reading. Beatrice, the story's main character, learns that making mistakes means that she takes risks, tries new things, and can learn and grow. It's a good story for understanding how resting on your laurels tends to box you in and limit your growth. We'll talk about mistakes from which we have learned. I'll have a lot to say.
What Miss Bolte is Reading: I finished The Bone Clocks! Huzzaaaaaahhhhhh! I even finished it on Friday swinging in my hammock with the dog laying down beside me. It was perfect. I loved the book and I super recommend it. Now I'm going back to reading American Gods, which I was reading before I got a deadline for The Bone Clocks. I'm going to be honest with you. I want to like Neil Gaiman. All the Nerds in the Know love him. He writes expansive, dark stories with compelling characters. I'm not sure what my problem is, though. I don't just LOVE him. His work, really. I don't know the guy. How could I love HIM? I've read two others: The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Neverwhere. Maybe they're too dark for me? I don't know. I'm not sure. The point is, I'm about a third of the way through this book and I'm not sure I really care to finish it. I'm going to read it during summer club because I feel like it might help to have sustained uninterrupted reading time to get me focused in on the story. But maybe not. Maybe I'm just not a Gaiman fan? How will I face my nerd friends?