Monday, May 28, 2012

June books to be read

These are books I need to read for June classes. I'm already done with P1&2 books but still need to go through the first week of P3,4,5&6.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

March, April and May Books

 March Books

 April Books 

 MAY Books

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Workplace: Paedea Plus

View of the Media Corner

I'm actually enjoying what I'm doing these day, not that I didn't enjoy teaching but this type of teaching is what I've been really aiming to do. I started off as a curriculum researcher and a developer for this academy last December and ended up teaching it this March.

So what am I doing these days?

kids love the pool area

Well, I'm teaching but also taking care of a library: we're a English library academy, where kids come and read and talk about what they've read.

We have Group Mentoring (GM) classes for lower levels and Book Club (BC) classes for upper levels: GMs are more comprehension bases and BCs are more discussion based.

Rather than reading all the classics we're concentrating on more contemporary works so that the kids become more interested in reading and learn through them. I truly believe that you learn a lot through reading and I've personally experienced it when I was learning English.

We have  two section of the library and one is for BC and the other for GM. I still need to make the book organizing more easier and efficient for kids to find but besides that I think we have a pretty good thing going on.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A letter from Minneapolis...

written on March 5th... soon after I received a letter from aunt Frances... it's been on my draft bin and I'm finally uploading it even though it's not complete.

I can't remember the last time I received an actual handwritten letter. It's been such a long time since I've posted a mail or received a personal letter that I've almost forgot what a joyous and pleasant feeling it is. As the world's technology is in such a race of developing little devices and getting messages to the other party in the least time and excess speed, the effort of writing a letter and putting a stamp on it and into the mail box had become obsolete.

I received a letter from aunt Frances, whom I'm starting to get to know. It's weird because I didn't really know about her until later and it's also kind of sad that we've never met. Hopefully, I'll be able to meet her soon though. I would love to meet her because first of all she's a writer and it's very thrilling to learn that there is someone who is into literature in my family. It's something I can relate to..

Aunt Frances with Dad (1982?)

Monday, March 05, 2012

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

Title: Sarah's Key
Author: Tatiana De Rosnay
Genre: Fiction
ISBN-10: 0312370849
ISBN-13: 978-0312370848
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 320
Rating: ★★★★★
started: Aug. 30th, 2011
finished: Sept. 5th, 2011

A very sad story of during one of our disturbing history...
I've always been drawn to the literature written about the Holocaust and this book is definitely one of those books that I would have regretted if I hadn't read it. I thought I knew pretty much of what had happened back then but I guess I am still clueless since the story of Sarah's Key is completely new to me. It was a great book because it taught me something that I was totally oblivious to and because, although the story itself may be fiction, it had a great storyline. I loved how the author went back and forth in time to tell the story of the past and the present. Though I wished that the narrative could have been more affective if she had wrote it in first person instead of third for Sarah's part of the story, but that's just my opinion. The book totally transformed me to that time and situation while I was reading it, absolutely absorbing and therefore hard to put down. It was disturbing and unsettling to find out about the ugly history however, we should "remember (and) never forget" the hideous part of our history so that we never make that kind of mistake again.

Sarah's Key is based on a 10 year old girl named Sarah, who lives in Paris during the time of WWII.