Sunday, September 1, 2013

Mentor Text 9.1.13

Can't believe it's September!  We are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text Linky. This week the theme is Language Arts.  We chose a book that we have both always read during the first week of school, Mrs. Spitzer's Garden.  We are guessing some of you have heard of this book or have read it before; if not, it's definitely worth a try!  

In this whimsical book, Mrs. Spitzer tends to her garden as a metaphor to how teachers "tend to" their students.  This book illustrates how each flower is different and unique (just as each student is different and unique).  At the end of the "year" the flowers have all blossomed and each one is ready for a new adventure.  Mrs. Spitzer is done with her garden at that time and packs away her things anticipating a new set of "seeds" the next year.  This book is great for the first day AND last day of school; the kiddos love the pictures and although not all of them understand the metaphor, it teaches a wonderful lesson about growing and changing, as well as, being special and unique.  


Last week our students made their own garden.  Each child made a flower that represented them; unique and special.  The kiddos love this project and it definitely brightens the hallway!

Don't forget...tomorrow is our linky, Motivate Me Monday!  Join us if you'd like!  

Also, our store will be 20% off through tomorrow! 

Have a great rest of the (3 day) weekend!


  1. This looks like a precious one to add to our collection! Thanks so much for sharing--your kids' flowers look wonderful!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  2. Aww, what a precious book! I love that and I love the garden you made with them! Adorable!! What a great message!

    Thanks so much for linking up girls!!!
    Collaboration Cuties

    1. The message of this book certainly is sweet! :)

  3. This books sounds so sweet. Thanks for sharing it!

    Compassionate Teacher