Ilene Kaufman and Brandi Sagilir’s second-grade language arts class at Nysmith School for the Gifted in Herndon, Virginia, is the March Class of KidsPost. Kaufman and Sagilir’s 15 students have a wide range of interests. They enjoy reading fantasy and mystery books, playing soccer, and exploring Web sites with math games.
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Favorite author and favorite book: When it comes to reading, these second-graders favored mystery and fantasy books, but they couldn’t pick just one author. Ron Roy and his “A to Z Mysteries” series and J.K. Rowling and the “Harry Potter” books each received two votes. Other fantasy titles included Lloyd Alexander’s “Time Cat” and Suzanne Collins’s “Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane.” The kids also enjoy funny books, picture books, sports books and realistic fiction.
Favorite TV show: “The 7D,” a Disney Channel cartoon based on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” shared first place with “Alvin and the Chipmunks” on Nickelodeon. Other favorites included comedies “Liv and Maddie” and “A.N.T. Farm” and baseball highlights show “Quick Pitch.”
If you could go on a trip anywhere, where would you go? These students better have their passports, because many are hoping to travel overseas. Australia received two votes followed by a long list of foreign destinations, including Shanghai, Egypt, Paris and Korea.
Favorite game or sport: Soccer netted nearly one-third of the votes in this category. Gymnastics and Monopoly tied for second. The most unusual picks: fencing and charades.
Person, living or dead, you admire most: Students often pick parents as most admired, but in this class, the top vote-getter was “brother.” One student noted that “he always cheers me up.”
Favorite birthday food: We could say that cake topped the list, but the kids had specific flavors in mind: lava cake, tiramisu and a giant chocolate cupcake with pink frosting. Other requests included chocolate mousse, berries and a three-foot piece of bacon.
Favorite website: Fun 4 the Brain, a site featuring math games, finished first with 20 percent of the votes. But an equal percentage of kids wrote that their favorite website was . . . nothing. They just didn’t spend much time online. Second place went to the video site YouTube.
Favorite club or hobby: There was a three-way tie for first in this category: math, art and computers. Other answers were Junior Architect, Study Buddies and having sleepovers.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Scientist was the top career choice, with several specialties mentioned (chemist, physicist, and plants and animals). Doctor received two votes. Other interesting future jobs: art store owner, horseback rider, business developer and comedian.
What is the biggest problem in the world today, and what can kids do to help solve it? Nearly half the class picked pollution as their top concern. Some were especially worried about the oceans and lakes. They advised other kids to recycle and “stop dropping things in the oceans.”