Author Archives: Allison Peters

Watermelon Rhymes

Plant a watermelon vine upon my grave And let the juice, slurp slurp, seep through. Growing up, my family maintained a huge garden in our backyard and watermelons were one of our best and favorite crops.  My mom would sing … Continue reading

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Biography Book Musical Chairs

In February, Black History Month, our Fourth Grade students studied the Civil Rights movement.  Inspired by the Unquiet Librarian’s Musical Chairs + Book Tasting * we played a little musical chairs of our own: Biography Book Musical Chairs.  Through this fun … Continue reading

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Holiday Break is for Reading

All through the beginning of this school year, feeling like I was not getting enough time to read what I wanted to read, I quietly chanted (to myself!) “Holiday Break is for Reading; Holiday Break is for Reading; Holiday Break … Continue reading

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Some of the things we’ve been up to in Lower School

We started the year with How to Read a Story by Kate Messner and Mark Siegel. We love the new flexible furniture in our library instruction area. We are partnering with our local Independent book store, Tattered Cover, to host … Continue reading

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Leadership. Libraries.

Thanks to the Independent Ideas blog written by AISL member Ellen Back last fall, four AISL-ers were inspired to attend Library Leadership in the Digital Age at Harvard University last March.  Despite the cold weather and the seemingly endless assigned reading, we … Continue reading

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What’s Cookin’?

Summer is a great time to take a break from rushed weeknight dinners and spend some time in the kitchen, with my cookbooks.  I’ve been diving into my cookbook collection to prepare favorite dishes and to try some new recipes. … Continue reading

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Review: AISL’s First Mentor Program

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ― Robert Frost At the close of the school year, it is important to reflect on the months gone by: the challenging, the good, and the great.  I’ve been reflecting on AISL’s first … Continue reading

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The Things I Can Do

Lower School students are buzzing with excitement for our upcoming author visit with Jeff Mack.   Jeff Mack is an author and illustrator of extraordinary picture books and a middle grade chapter book series called Clueless McGee. First Graders laughed their … Continue reading

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Mice On Ice, or what to do when you need to occupy first grade students who are consumed with upcoming holidays

Just before our holiday break I was finishing up a unit on Beginning Readers with first grade.  We needed a read aloud and fun activity that would feature Beginning Readers and keep our young students busy in those last restless … Continue reading

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The Constitution’s Preamble: Reinterpreted

Fifth graders are studying the government of the United States.  They’ve looked at the Constitution, the three branches of the government, the election process, and probably a lot more.  After meeting with a 5th grade teacher and learning that the … Continue reading

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