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Letter from Mrs. Thynne

5th and 4th graders have been blogging on kidblog. They are now commenting on each other’s writings about summer or their favorite thing about the new school year. 3rd graders have been using computers as well. I have shown them the databases available on the Thayer Public Library site.

I hope they remember to access them at home too. 2nd graders have studied authors such as David Shannon and Suzy Kline. It is always interesting to learn about multi-talented authors and illustrators and of course, their childhood. 1st graders have been studying author and illustrators, Kevin Henkes and Arnold Lobel. 

Kevin Henkes has a great site. He also talks about how a picture book can be a child’s first interaction with art. Kindergarten has studied Massachusetts author and illustrator Mo Willems and all his entertaining books. We have also been talking about fiction and nonfiction and using Scholastic Book Flix. 

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Thynne

Have Fun Read More

Research shows that kids who read at home on a regular basis make significantly more progress in school than kids who don’t.

Try something new (and save a little money too). Try a book by a new author, a new genre, or a new media item. If you usually read mysteries try out some nonfiction and learn about the real Crime Scene Investigation (CSI).Visit the library and check out a cookbook or a hobby book.

The library also has:

  • Book Groups
  • Books on CD
  • Children's Activities
  • Movies
  • Museum Passes
  • Music
  • Play-Aways
  • Video Games

Best of all…It is all free! Think you have seen it all at the Thayer Public Library? Go on a field trip to the Tufts Library in Weymouth or the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy. You can use your Braintree library card there.

Online Library

Too cold to leave the house? Access the Library online for: 

  • E-Books
  • Electronic Resources
  • Free Music Downloads
  • Language Learning Programs
  • Really Good Online Magazines


Watching movies? Take a few minutes to talk about:

  • Characters
  • Plot
  • Problem
  • Setting
  • Solution
  • Story Elements

Even first graders know these literary terms and might just surprise you! Electronic literacies are not the wave of the future-they are happening right now! Help your child (and yourself) become familiar and comfortable in the online reading venue. Enjoy your time reading together!