Letter from a Reader

I love getting mail from readers. This week I received a letter from a second grader about Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature.

boy with monarch on hand

Here’s part of what he wrote:

“This is what I like about your book:

1) that I can read it,

2) the colorful photographs of nature,

3) learning about the Fibonacci numbers.

The photograph of the pinecone is my favorite.”

This student wrote because he read Growing Patterns for summer reading. In writing the letter to me about the book, he fulfilled a requirement. It’s nice that students have choices about how to engage with the books they read for summer reading.

A few days ago, I went to an exhibit that included some photographs taken by my son Douglas.
boy with photograph His art class completed a project on everyday life that was inspired by a photography exhibit by students in Montana. In addition to taking and printing photographs, the students in D’s class made prints inspired by their photographs. It was really fascinating to see how the students interpreted their photographs in another medium.

The students in Montana are part of a rural Hutterite community so the photographs of their daily lives were quite different from the ones of the Jackson students. D and his classmates completed this project last year, but there wasn’t time for an exhibit until this school year. I know D enjoyed his time in the darkroom and looks forward to more photography projects.

son and mother at photo exhibit

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