Friday, July 31, 2020

Fairy Tale Week

The End of Fairy Tale Week!

I had so much fun this week looking at all the different fairy tales that are out there. I primarily stuck to the Brother's Grimm fairy tales but there is so much more to find! Fairy tales from different cultures are particularly interesting. I encourage you to look into the origins of some of the fairy tales that we are familiar with and find out how different they are from what you know and love. 

I included some fun worksheets, puzzles, and coloring pages for you all to work on today! Have a great time!

Next week will be our last week and we will be looking into American Folk Tales. Have a good weekend! We will see you Monday! 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Fairy Tale Week: Jack and the Beanstalk STEM challenge

Today is our STEM challenge! 

Check out our video and once again, thanks to Shae Lee for her assistance (and Macy, our dog, even though she wasn't very helpful) 

Have fun and try different ways to slow Jack down!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Fairy Tale Craft: Fairy Jars

Fairy Jars

3rd-4th grade craft

This week we're making Fairy Jars! Thanks so much to Shae Lee for helping with this video.

For our PreK-2nd group, you will be growing Beanstalks! You've received a cup, a soil pellet, and some bean seeds. Fill your cup about 1/4 way up with water and put your soil pellet in the water. Let it sit for a few minutes until it expands. Once it's grown, push your bean seeds into the pellet. Put it in a warm sunny place and in a few days your seeds will sprout. Once it really starts to grow, you'll want to put it in a bigger container with more soil. Soon you will have a beanstalk (and maybe even some yummy beans!).

5th and 6th grade are growing Zombie Plants! They are a little more complicated than bean plants. Along with your cup, soil pellet, and seeds, you should have a detailed instruction sheet. I started these Zombie Plants last week. They're doing so good! You will also need to transfer the plants to a bigger container as they grow. I also added more soil to the pellet soil.
Tomorrow is Reading Wednesday! There are hundreds if not thousands of fairy tales out there to be read. Check some out from the library or look them up on Google! Try something new or read your favorite fairy tale again! Have Fun and stop back on Thursday for our STEM challenge. 

Monday, July 27, 2020

Linda's Book Reviews: A Curse so Dark and Lonley by Brigid Kemerer

It's Monday! Time for another one of 

Linda's Book Reviews

A Curse So Dark And Lonely

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Brigid Kemerer



This book is classified as a Young Adult Novel                                                                           

Here is a blurb from Amazon: Followed by my review. 



 It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.


Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she's instead somehow sucked into Rhen's cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn't know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what's at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin. 


                                                        My review 

    I could say so much about how awesome this book is but it could never compare to the reader's experience. It reminds me of a modern-day Beauty and the Beast, but with a more exciting more grown-up flair. The heroine is not your typical girl. She has to be strong to survive all she has been through. 

This book takes the reader into a fantasy world where magic and castles and royalty live.

 A land that holds a curse. A land from where she can't escape. With lots of action and intrigue, this book will keep you interested until the end.

I absolutely loved this story! I was excited to read the next book in the series which is called

A Heart So Fierce and Broken. 



I give this book a 5 Star Rating!

Fairy Tale Week Virtual Escape Rooms

Happy Monday! 
Welcome to Fairy Tale Week! Week #3 of our Summer Reading Program
Today is our Escape Room Challenge and we're working with Hansel and Gretel

We have the same choices as last week:

3rd-6th grade:

A bigger challenge that will take you through some of the gory interesting details of the origins of fairy tales. Recommended for ages 9 and up:

Have Fun! We will see you tomorrow for our craft day!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Percy Jackson Camp-Half Blood Cabin

Welcome to choose your cabin day! Camp Half-Blood is the summer camp where Percy and his friends spend their summer. If you want to learn more about Camp Half-Blood check out this website:
In your packet for this week, I gave you a simple way of determining your Camp Half-Blood cabin. If you're interested there are a lot of quizzes online that will show you what might suit you better based on the things that you think and like. Here are some you can try:
I got Athena in this one 

I got Artemis on this one!

Just remember it's all for fun! If you want to try some other Percy Jackson related things, Rick Riordan has some wonderful websites that showcase not only his Percy Jackson series but others as well. Check them out here:

I'll be back next week for Week#3 All about Fairy Tales! See you soon! 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Percy Jackson STEM Greek Architecture

The Parthenon
The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. Wikepedia

Hi Everyone! I hope you're having a great time with Percy Jackson! Today we're going to learn a bit about Greek architecture. Architecture is basically planning on how to build things and then building them. Every building has an Architect of some sort. It was no different in Ancient Greece where the Parthenon was built. It was some really good architecture because part of the building is still standing today. Enjoy making your own version of the Parthenon and don't be worried if it doesn't work quite right. You will see in the video, we had some trial and error too!
Thanks to Brody, Ethan, and Macy (our dog) for helping with this video. Filming credit goes to Aubrey and once again, thanks so much to Ethan for editing! He does such a good job!

Send me pictures! I would love to see what you've done. You can send them to me via the Library's Facebook page, or you can email them to me at 

Tomorrow we will figure out which Camp Half-Blood cabin you belong in! See you then!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Riptide Craft

For today's 3rd and 4th grade class we will be making Percy Jackson's sword: Anaklusmos. Better known as Riptide. Riptide was a gift from Percy's father, Poseidon god of the sea. It came in the form of a ball point pen. When Percy uncapped the pen it expanded into Riptide. 
Thanks to Ethan for helping me out with this video. He also gets credit for editing! 

Tomorrow is Reading Wednesday. Pick up a book and go somewhere new!! I'll be back on Thursday for a lesson in Greek Architecture!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Percy Jackson Virtual Escape Rooms

Welcome to Week# 2 of Imagine Your Story! This week we will be focusing on Greek Mythology through Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Today is Escape Room Day. There are three escape rooms. One for PreK-2nd, one for 3-6th, and a more challenging Hero's Quest for those who want to learn more. Anyone is welcome to try these Escape Rooms, even if you aren't participating in Summer Reading. Sorry about last week and the links not working! 



Challenge: Hero's Quest

Enjoy! I'll be back tomorrow with our 3rd and 4th grade craft

Linda's Book Reviews: What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

Book Reviews By Linda

What Happens in Paradise (book 2 in the Paradise series)
Elin Hilderbrand

If you enjoyed Winter in paradise, you will be excited to read what happens in this continuing story!

Here is a description of the book given by Goodreads: Followed by my review.


Spend your winter on sunlit shores in the New York Times bestselling follow-up to Winter in Paradise, where secret lives and new loves emerge under the bright Caribbean sky.

A year ago, Irene Steele had the shock of her life: her loving husband, the Father to their grown sons and successful businessman, was killed in a helicopter crash. But that wasn't Irene's only shattering news: he'd also been leading a double life on the island of St. John, where another woman loved him, too.

Now Irene and her sons are back on St. John, determined to learn the truth about the mysterious life -- and death -- of a man they thought they knew. Along the way, they're about to learn some surprising truths about their own lives and their futures.

Lush with the tropical details, romance, and drama that made Winter in Paradise a national bestseller, What Happens in Paradise is another immensely satisfying page-turner from one of America's most beloved and engaging storytellers.
                                                                             My Review
This second book answers some questions but also brings new ones to the surface. You get to see more of his second life unfold. It digs deeper into how he was able to pull off the two lives.
It is hard not to love the characters in the second life. Everyone was basically a victim of her husband's lies. But also in his defense, he was in love with the woman who lives on St. John island and it would be so hard to cut ties with Irene because he still cares about her too and didn't want to break up his family.
 Their sons both make a trip to the Island and You learn all about their lives and the people of St John. The plot thickens when both sons fall in love with the same woman and sibling rivalry takes hold.
 Wait till they describe the house. It sounds like Paradise! I want to stay there!

 There are so many twists and turns in this book also.  It ends with a cliffhanger that makes me excited to read the third book which comes out in October 2020!
  My rating of this book is 4 1/2 stars because there is more suspense than book one and the cliffhanger just makes me anxious to read the third book!

Friday, July 17, 2020

Harry Potter Potions Lesson

Potions Class

Imagine Your Story Week #1

Welcome to Potions Class. Today we have a video that teaches us how to make a Plantain Balm. Enjoy!

That's all for our Harry Potter week! I hope you all had fun! Join us next week for Percy Jackson and the Olympians as we learn about Greek Mythology

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Harry Potter Herbology Lesson

Herbology Lesson

Imagine Your Story Week #1

Hi Everyone! Welcome to our Herbology lesson! Here we're going to learn about edible plants that are common in Western Pennsylvania and easy to find right in your back yard! Check out the video below. Credit goes to videographer: Shae Lee Minich and assistant Brody Minich! 

Check back tomorrow as we use some of the plants we found in our Potions Class. 

If you are interested there is an app available to help in identifying plants you find. It's available on apple and android.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Harry Potter magic book craft

Harry Potter Week: Day #2
Above you see all the crafts for this week. PreK-2nd grade are making a Dragon's Egg with a baby dragon inside! Just like Hagrid always wanted. The 3rd and 4th graders are making magical flying keys like Harry, Ron, and Hermione dealt with on their search for the Sorcerer's Stone. The 5th and 6th graders will be making a Magic Book! It's what the students at Hogwarts would use to study Magic!
My Brody is going into 6th grade in the fall. He helped me create this instructional video for you!
Tomorrow is Reading Wednesday. Check Back on Thursday for our Herbology Class!
Miss Kelly

Monday, July 13, 2020

Linda's Book Reviews: Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

Book Reviews by Linda

Welcome to Book Reviews by Linda. Here you will find reviews of various genres of books for your reading pleasure

Winter In Paradise


Elin Hilderbrand

This is the first book in the series. If you love a good beach read with some twist and turns to keep you guessing, Winter in Paradise is for you.

                                      Here is what Amazon had to say, Followed by my review of the book.


Join New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand on the stunning beaches of St. John for the beginning of her thrilling new winter series - Paradise. Winter in Paradise, the first book in the Paradise series, has everything that listeners have come to know and love about an Elin Hilderbrand novel, plus a healthy dose of intrigue. 

Irene Steele's idyllic life - house, husband, family - is shattered when she is woken up by a late-night phone call. Her beloved husband has been found dead, but before Irene can process this tragic news, she must confront the perplexing details of her husband's death. He was found on St. John, a tropical island paradise far removed from their suburban life. Leaving the cold winter behind, Irene flies down to the beautiful Caribbean beaches of St. John only to make another shocking discovery: her husband had a secret second family. 

As Irene investigates the mysterious circumstances of her husband's death, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand beaches of St. John. 

 This exciting first book in the Paradise series will transport listeners to a new beach locale - another world that Elin knows as well as her beloved Nantucket - and have them longing for winter.       

MY REVIEW:                                                                                                                                        

I really enjoyed this first book. I love a good beach setting in a book. Since I don't get to travel much, I can at least escape there In my mind. 

 The Island of St.John sounds like a place I would love to visit. 

 One thing that intrigued me is the thought of what you would do If you found out your husband had a secret life, with a second family. How would the wife not know? Irene is busy renovating her victorian home and has a parttime job. Her husband's job allows him to travel. How convenient! His boss is being so evasive about all the details surrounding her husband's death so she knows things are not adding up. 

 This first book was hard to put down. Trying to figure out what is going to happen next kept my interest. The ending leaves you wanting more. 

 The second book, What happens in Paradise is available now. The third book is set to come out in October 2020.

 I am looking forward to the exciting conclusion!

                                                        My rating of this book would be 4 out of 5 stars!

Harry Potter Virtual Escape Rooms

Welcome to Harry Potter week! 

Our first challenge is a virtual escape room. Check out the links below. The age groups are PreK-2nd grade, 3-4th grade, and 5-6th grade. If your child finds their escape room is too easy, feel free to try another one.


3-4th grade:

5-6th grade:

Have fun! Your feedback is appreciated. Join us tomorrow for the 5-6th grade craft video

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Imagine your Story

Summer Reading 2020
Welcome to our blog! We hope you have fun here! For the next few weeks our posts will focus mainly on our Summer Reading program. This year we are doing Imagine Your Story: Fairy tales, Myths, and Legends. 
Week one we will be focusing on Harry Potter. Week two is The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan which incorporates Greek mythology into a modern setting. Week three will focus on fairy tales, primarily Hansel and Gretel for the younger children. For the older kids, we will be looking at fairy tales in their original form. The fourth week we will look at folk tales such as the story of Paul Bunyan. 
There will be lots of fun and interesting crafts and activities for everyone to enjoy! I will be adding links to our virtual escape rooms and instructional videos. 
Above are the crafts for Harry Potter Week! Check back next week for our instructions to make a magic book. Join us for what is sure to be a fun week!

Activity Tuesday

 Activity Tuesday     Today is the drawing for the Summer Reading Grand Prize, the Playstation 4. The drawing will be held on Facebook Live ...