Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Episode 56: The Basement


Click here to listen to: The Basement (16:26)
A boy works to keep his imagination from getting the best of him 
in order to complete a chore for his mother.

Hi All,

Happy Spring! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and it's snowing. Wait? What? Back up the train! I'm serious. We've had the craziest weather in our neck of the woods this March. They weren't kidding when they said March comes in like a lion. Snow, slush, sleet and freezing rain have all fallen from the skies in the past 26 days. We are hoping it goes out like a lamb with some mild, springlike weather. 


LIVE EVENTS 

On Wednesday, April 10th at 4pm ET, Mr. Chris and I will be presenting a LIVE webinar for the Virginia Society for Technology in Education. The webinar is called Can You Hear Me Now? and we’ll be talking about using audio in contemporary educational practices. If that sounds like something interesting to you, please join us. You can learn more about it at http://bit.ly/vstewebinars.
On the day of the webinar you can access the event by going to http://bit.ly/vstewebinarroom.


Also, on April 10th at 6:30pm ET, Mr. Chris and I will be doing a LIVE reading of our fully illustrated e-book Dragonfly, Dragonfly Show Us the Way, which is available as an in-app purchase on the Flying Books AppThe live reading will occur for the Loudoun Literacy Council in Purcellville, Virginia. You can learn more about this event at http://bit.ly/llcevent.

We hope to see you there!

VORACIOUS VOCABULARY
What did you say? A word of the day! In our story
there are many juicy words that are fun to use and say.

conjure: to bring to mind; recall.
gnaw: to bite or chew on.
oblige: to be kindly accommodating.

JUST ADD IMAGINATION!
Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing
after hearing the story.


1. Make a list of strategies to help you stay calm when you are afraid of something. 

2. Listen to our short poem, Click, 
about the comforts a night light provides!
Free audio download: Click
Blog with activities: Click

3. Make up a fun story or poem in your head as you fall asleep. 
4. Sit together as a family and assign different chores to complete. Working as a team makes the work go so much faster. 

COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE
After listening to the story, can you recall the
details to answer these questions?

1. Who asks Marshall to get the laundry out of the dryer?
2. What caused the CLANG noise that made Marshall jump back?
3, Where did Marshall think a troll lived in his house?
4. Why does Marshall think a snake might be in the basement?
5. How did Marshall conquer his fear?


We want to send out bright birthday wishes to:


Liv of Ohio
Joe D of Texas
John D of Texas
Grandpa B of New York
Sofia A of New Jersey
Jake F of Texas
Kai of New Hampshire
Garret of Maryland
Kathy S of Maryland

We hope your days SPARKLED!