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Categories: General Knowledge Fund

Every day when students come in from outside recess, every classroom settles down by being read to by the teacher.  All four primary classes and the elementary classes pause to listen to their teachers and be transported for a few moments by a story as they get their minds ready to work again.


In Elementary, the Upper Elementary and Lower Elementary classes take turns in their shared space.  While Mrs. Fortun reads to the Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary students either tune in, sketch, or enjoy their own book in the quiet transition time. When it’s the Upper Elementary’s turn for “read aloud,” the Lower Elementary students spend time sketching, preparing for the afternoon work cycle, or listening in.


At the beginning of the year, the “Read Aloud” book for Lower Elementary was “The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes.  The class loved it!  When the class finished reading the book together, three Lower Elementary students were inspired to write to the author.

Has there ever been a book that inspired you to reach out to the story’s creator?

If your own child is a fan of the “Ramona Quimby” series or the “Fudge” books, check out “The Year of Billy Miller” the next time you’re at the local library.   You can also find it on Amazon here (affiliate link).