As CCP 2013-14 begins, our K-5 students have begun launching head- (and hands-) first into this year’s new projects. Students are using photography to explore their communities and community identity, in a photo-journaling project they began in September. Meanwhile, younger kids are diving hands-first into an alphabet project, in which they’re creating letters with flour and beans, to make their own “from-scratch” alphabet books. Many thanks for all the help from our fabulous mentors from the child development program at SJSU, who’ve joined CCP’s creative and dedicated collaborators from in and around our community!

Time for crafts!

Time for crafts!

Also, on a recent CCP field trip, author Kate DiCamillo read aloud from her new book to a group of students at Hicklebee’s bookstore. CCP K-2 kids have been discussing DiCamillo’s book, “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” which mentors have been reading aloud in weekly reading circles. Ms. DiCamillo described her love of writing, and the way a friend’s young son once gave her the idea for a story which she turned into a book — and which later turned into the family movie: “The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread.”

Listening to author Kate DiCamillo read her book!

Listening to author Kate DiCamillo read her book!

Author Kate DiCamillo reading to us at Hicklebee's.

Author Kate DiCamillo reading to us at Hicklebee’s.

Enjoying reading time at the library.

Enjoying reading time at the library.