February 15

Crocodile Storytime

Today We Read:

Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen


Imagine You Are A Crocodile by Karen Wallace and Mike Bostock

Crocodile Activity – Fill in the Facts Sheet

We just learned many new things about crocodiles from the book Imagine You Are A Crocodile.  Teachers can print this facts sheet for their whole class and students can fill in the facts sheet by writing or drawing some of the things they’ve learned about crocodiles.  If you would like to share them with me, send them to b.ruel@theojcs.ca and I will post them on this page!

If you have any trouble viewing this facts sheet, just email me and I can send you the document!

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January 20

Peculiar Pets Storytime

Today we read;

I Want A Pet by Lauren Child

The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama

Don’t Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Karin Ireland and illustrated by David Catrow

Creative Writing and Drawing Peculiar Pets Activity

Draw a picture of any animal you think would make a peculiar pet (the sky is the limit… this could be a giraffe, a crocodile, a flamingo) and write what you would name it and what kinds of things you imagine you would do with your peculiar pet.  If you would like to share a photo of your work, send them to b.ruel@theojcs.ca and I will post them on this page!


October 22

Spooky Storytime

Today we read two books that are a little bit spooky, a little bit creepy, and a little bit scary… or UNscary!

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, pictures by Peter Brown


The UNscary Book by Nick Bland

October 22

Dusky Storytime

The sun is setting much earlier now and a special time of day called DUSK is coming earlier too.  It’s that beautiful time between day and night!  Both of our picture books today take place at dusk… one in Fall and one in Summer.

They are;

Windows by Julia Denos and illustrated by E. B. Goodale 


Dusk Explorers by Lindsay Leslie, illustrated by Ellen Rooney

June 3

Bake-A-Cake Storytime

Today we read two cake picture books.  Because who doesn’t LOVE cake?

We read;

I Really Want the Cake by Simon Philip and Lucia Gaggioti


The Bake-A-Cake Book by Marie Meijer and Charlotte Ramel

Cake Recipe

This recipe is from one of my all-time favourite cookbooks, How It All Vegan.  This is the cake recipe that I make most often at home.  It is very quick to whip up!

Quick and easy Chocolate Banana Cake recipe by VJ cooksAuntie Bonnie’s Wacky Cake
from ~”How it all Vegan”~
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Dry Sweetener ( I use sugar)
  • 4 TBS Cocoa or Carob Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 TBS Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 5 TBS Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Cold Water
Preheat oven to 325.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, Cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add the sweetener, vanilla, vinegar, oil, and water and mix together gently until “just mixed”. Pour into a lightly oiled (8 inch round) cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes.
Test with a fork to see if done, When cooled, ice and serve.

Delicious Icing

With a hand mixer or a stand mixer, combine 7 Tbs vegan butter or margarine, 3 1/2 cups icing sugar, 3 to 5 Tbs milk alternative, a few drops of vanilla OR for chocolate icing, a few tablespoons of cocoa powder.  You can add either a tiny bit more icing sugar or a tiny bit more milk until you get the perfect consistency.  If making vanilla icing you can add food colouring to make it any colour you like.

Decorate your cake with fresh fruit OR sprinkles and candy!

May 14

Julia Donaldson and Magic Potions

laptop readingFor today’s storytime we read two fabulous Julia Donaldson books and we make our own magic potion!

The books we read are;

Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler


Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler


Make Your Own Magic Potion Recipe

For today’s activity you will come up with your own imaginary illness and create a magic potion recipe for it.  Here is an example of what your magic potion can look like…

Witch's Brew on Behance

Your magic potion needs to cure a funny illness. So try to come up with something really silly.  For example…

  • your hair won’t stop growing
  • you cluck like a duck everytime you try to say ‘hello’.
  • your foot has grown claws
  • you smell like a wet dog for no reason

Your magic potion cure could include any magical ingredients you can dream up.  For example…

  • the tongue of a walrus
  • a piece of a cloud
  • the flower from a magical money tree
  • the heart of an ant

You can either write down your magic recipe or you can draw it like in the picture above.  If you email me your magic potion recipe cures I will post them below! b.ruel@theojcs.ca

May 10

Mac B. Kid Spy – The Impossible Crime

Today we start a new chapter book read aloud!  I read the first 6 chapters of

Mac B. Kid Spy – The Impossible Crime by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery

Next week I will post the next 6 chapters.

If you don’t have time to listen to the entire video, just jot down on a piece of paper where you leave off and come back to it anytime.

After you listen, please use the comments section on this page to post any thoughts or comments you have about the first 6 chapters.

April 22

I Love Animals! Animal Storytime

Today we read 3 amazing animal stories…

I Love Animals by Flora McDonnell

Animals Talk Too by Graham Meadows

The Home Builders by Varsha Bajaj, illustrated by Simona Mulazzani

Extension Activities

Kindergarten – Draw a picture of your favourite animal and write down its name.  If you aren’t sure how to spell it, ask a parent, teacher, or older sibling.

Grade 1 and 2 Mini Research Assignment – You will create a new Google Doc and paste a photo of your favourite animal in it.  On the page you will include at least 3 facts you learn from Google about your favourite animal.  If you aren’t used to using Google Docs, you can draw and write everything you learn on a piece of paper instead.  If you’d like, you can share your finished Google Doc with Brigitte Ruel b.ruel@theojcs.ca