My Week in Books: Picture Books? Again?

Can’t wait to read some of these books with my kid.

The Best of It

2014-09-12 10.11.13I’ve gotten a little behind with all the events and such happening lately. My list of picture books got very long, and as a matter of fact, I surpassed my Goodreads goal of 200 books in 2014 just this week. I hope I haven’t inadvertently repeated myself anywhere – but here are (still more) picture books I’ve read over the past couple of weeks.

Flora and the Penguin, by Molly Idle


As fun as Flora and the Flamingo, or maybe even more so. Love the expressions and gestures used by both Flora and the penguin.

Nana in the City, by Lauren Castillo


Fantastic book about coping with fear, and being open minded. This one belongs in the IB list for sure.

Outfoxed, by Mike Twohy


Who is being tricked now? Fun!

Alfie Runs Away,by Kenneth M. Cadow, ill. by Lauren Castillo


Fun little book about…

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Teaching Modern Music

There are times when I think I’m biting off more than I can chew. However, unlike most things I dread doing this could potentially one of the coolest topics I teach this year. I’ve decided to take on introducing three ideas of modern music composition to middle school students.

It give me a chance to explore aspects of music I truly enjoy: Serialism, Minimalism and Electronic Music. There have been many hours spent admiring the processes of some of the 20th century’s imaginative composers. So now I get to indulge in a not so secret vice.

Igor Stravinsky 2sakshy

I get to talk about and research composers and performers like Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Steve Reich, James Brown, Bjork and Hip-Hop artist/DJ’s of the late 80’s and early 90’s. There is potential for students to learn more about my personality through this unit.

Venn Diagram for next unitThe only way to express this for me is a venn diagram and these Youtube videos. Gonna be fun…at least for me.