Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sarah Mylnowski- Author Visit

On Monday, author Sarah Mylnowski came to talk with our 2nd-4th graders about her books and the writing process. Students got to brainstorm how a story could be made. She also told us how her love of fairy tales and writing stories about real kids helped her think of the ideas for her books. Our students got to ask questions and learn more about what it is like to be an author.
After the presentation Ms. Mylnowski signed over 100 books for our students! It was a great day!

Signing books!

Me and Sarah Mylnowski! I love author visits!

That's a lot of books!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Kindergarten Research

Its Research Time!
Kindergartners at Brimhall have been working hard to learn about Minnesota animals for their
Minnesota Program. In library, we learned about the research process. We used our eBooks to practice taking notes together. I modeled to students how pictures (and words) can answer the questions we had about the animals we were going to research. Students decided they wanted to find out:
  • What the animal looks like?
  • What the animal eats?
  • Where the animal lives?

The following weeks, we took notes using Pebble Go and books about the animals. A few of our 6th grade helpers came over their recess and helped the kindergartners by asking them questions and sounding out words. After the research was completed in the library students wrote reports in their classrooms. That week in library-- students practiced using the app Little Bird Tales to learn how to create images.

Then, all classes came back to the library to create images of their animal. They are ADORABLE! Another BIG thank you to the TAs and Parent Volunteers that helped make this process easier for the kindergarten teachers and myself. Make sure to check out our work below. Once the pictures were done, the kindergarten TAs recorded the voices of the kiddos reading their work. Again-- ADORABLE! It is amazing how quickly kids voices change-- what a great keepsake. (THANK YOU Kindergarten TAs!!)

Enjoy our work! I have posted it by classroom!


*Photos by Mrs. Showalter

Monday, March 28, 2016

Minnesota Youth Reading Awards Voting

It's time for Minnesota Kids to vote for their favorite book of the year.

If you have read at least three of the nominated books you may vote for the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award.

Division One--click here to vote.

Division Two--click here to vote.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Clubs

One of the greatest pleasures of a good book is the opportunity to discuss it with fellow readers.
Students in 4th, 5th and 6th Grade are invited to read the same novel as an adult by March 31th. Come to Brimhall School to meet with a small group of students and parents to discuss the book!
Sign up online (by clicking the link) or sign up at conferences. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, December 21, 2015


In 6th grade this year our students studied artists in their homerooms. In art class, the students learned about different styles of art and then researched an artist that interested them. They then created a piece of artwork in the style of the artist they studied. Students learned about sharing information through infographics in library time. Mr. Moore the art teacher taught the students some graphic art basic fundamentals. I then took the students to the labs and we learned how to tie everything together into making an infographic. Their classroom teachers helped students complete their projects.

Check out the awesome work we did:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hour of Code

Our entire school has joined in on the largest education event in history: The Hour of Code. During Computer Science Education Week and throughout all of December, every one of our students will be amongst over 2 million worldwide spending one hour learning the basics of computer programming.

Find out more at: 

Hour of Code is a one-hour activity. Students of all ages can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials, for kindergarten and up. Tutorials work on any modern browser, tablet, or smartphone. Learn more at

Brimhall Kids Code

Try coding activities at home It teaches great problem solving skills, and is a lot of fun. My own kids have been learning a lot (so have I!).


iPad Apps