the weather outside is frightful- sweater stuff

hueys-in-the-new-sweaterIt’s frigid outside and the kids are pretty darn tired of it by now. All the joy of Christmas has evaporated so now we have to just be cold and we only have Valentine’s Day to look forward to. Hey, expensive chocolate doesn’t cut it for many of us. To liven up the winter doldrums I always try to read about snowflakes and snowmen– and cozy sweaters aren’t too shabby either. Two books we enjoyed in January were Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters and The Hueys in The New Sweater.  Both are comical readings students enjoy but have plenty of discussion points to draw out some reflective conversations about friendship, fitting it vs. being yourself, and following your passion.


Have students who are followers instead of leaders? The Hueys are all about being the same…until they aren’t. Lester also embraces things he loves and learns a lot about himself when he puts his foot down about his wardrobe.  We enjoyed making our own sweaters that stand out instead of blending in after reading these titles. We made both individual and group paper sweaters, I liked the group ones best.


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