I love hearing from teachers
to learn how they creatively use my books in their classroom curriculum.Mrs. Cora Turner, a first grade teacher
from Evergreen Elementary School in Drayton, Valley Alberta Canada, used my
books Mr. Tanen’s Ties,Mr Tanen’s Tie Trouble and Mr. Tanen’s Ties Rule to
introduce the students to patterns and designing.
Mrs.Turner reading Mrs. Tanen's Ties to her first graders
Over the course of several weeks, students in her class became
clothing designers and designed a tie with a repeating simple pattern for Mr.
Greg Wedman, their Deputy Superintendent. The unit began with a study of
different kinds of patterns with 3-4 attributes. After readingMr.
Tanen's Ties, Mr. Wedman came to the classroom to share his magnificent
tie collection. The students began studying and sharing patterns, (including
keeping a pattern design book). They then interviewed Mr. Wedman to find out
personal information to help them design him THE perfect tie. Finally they designed
and colored a one-of-a-kind tie. The project culminated with a “Tie Celebration”
where the students got to share their ties with the class. Mr. Wedman capped off the project by reading another Mr. Tanen Tie Book.
Mr. Wedman surrounded by students, all with ties!
Thanks to all the students for sharing their awesome ties! A big
thank you to Mrs. Cora Turner and Mr. Wedman for developing this creative
project and encouraging important skills including; pattern design, critical
thinking, communication skills and problem solving. You may even have
encouraged your students to seek careers in art and design....(and maybe writing too!)
Much Thanks- Maryann
Their AWESOME TIES!
(All photos used by permission of Evergreen Elementary. All rights reserved.)
Being a Winner is not always about being Number One
is the message inJanine and the Field Day Finish, which publishes on Oct 10.
It’s another inspirational story based on the childhood experiences
of the REAL Janine, my daughter, Janine Leffler.
THE BACK STORY
The event that inspired the book was actually not on a field BUT in a pool. It went like this…because of CP (cerebral palsy) Janine had difficulty with all sports. When she was about 8 yrs old, after years of physical therapy and private swimming lessons, she finally learned to swim. At the local pool “Swim Meet” she was determined to swim one length of the pool. It was a relay race. Janine was dead last and soon the only child left in the pool. Most people cheered her on…but I heard several negative comments…”Who let her on the team?” “Now they‘re going to lose”. As a parent, I was saddened by these remarks. When Janine touched the end of the pool, we were all thrilled, especially Janine. She did it! I then noticed that several kids were crying because they didn’t win. That was the moment that stuck with me. For Janine and for many children, it is not about winning…it’s about finishing… it’s about good sportsmanship and supporting each other…it’s about trying your best. In Janine and the Field Day Finish you’ll discover the true meaning of a WINNER. We hope you like it!
Review from Booklist:
"With a heartening lesson about friendship, competition, and what constitutes winning, this encouraging picture book nicely demonstrates the value of confidence and generosity."
To celebrate the publishing of Janine and the Field Day Finish we are sponsoring Book Giveaways in October through this blog and soon on Goodreads.
GIVEAWAY: 3- TWO BOOKS sets! (signed copies of BOTH Janine Books:Janine & Janine and the Field Day Finish.)