Sunday, March 3, 2013

Out of My Mind

Eleven year old Melody has cerebral palsy. She can't walk, talk, feed herself, chase her dog, play with her sister, talk on the phone with a friend, or do anything else most of us take for granted. Despite all of her limitations, Melody is brilliant. She has a photographic memory and is by far the most intelligent student in her school but no one knows it. My class is currently reading this as a read aloud and we are loving it! Melody is a character like none other: she makes us laugh, she makes us think, and most importantly she makes us feel incredibly grateful for being blessed with bodies that allow us to move and share our thoughts and desires.

Recipe to Read By: Vanilla Milkshake
One of the most memorable scenes in Out of My Mind was when Melody had a hankering for a vanilla shake from McDonald's but was unable to describe to her dad what she wanted.
Here is an easy vanilla shake recipe that you don't even have to leave home for!

4 cups of good quality vanilla ice cream
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
8 tablespoons of sugar
2 cups of milk (add less for a thicker shake)

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
*For extra pizazz, add a handful of Oreo cookies, a glob of peanut butter, or a smattering of your favorite candy bar chopped up.

Pour into an icy cold class, top with whipped cream and a cherry, and add a bendy straw. Enjoy!

*Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen.


  1. I love that post and book also a neat recipe!

  2. I love your post and I do feel grateful of what I have and how I live

  3. Your post is good i like all the details you added about Melody.


  4. Outstanding post!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. I like how you included your milkshake recipe

  5. I loved that post the recipe sounded delectable.
    From:Alexis :D

  6. I love the vanilla shake recipe! Yum! :)

  7. You are right; Melody does make you feel grateful for what you can do! :)

  8. thats a great post Ms.Schreiber! Maybe i can make the milkshake you added on your post on spring brake with my cousins! i really enjoy reading Out Of my Mind in the classromom with you and our classmates!

  9. awesome post and recipe!Yes Melody does make me think' lagh' and feel greatfull for what I can do!!!:):)

  10. Your post is like a thankful computer!!!!!!!! :D,Riley it!!!!!!!

  11. Hi Ms.Schrieber I really like the post about Melody it really does make you grateful for what we have.
    P.S. i really like your milkshake recipe.
    P.P.S. My mom likes your recipes too.


  12. Hi Ms. Schrieber i really like Out Of My Mind it is my faviorte book and i love the recipe. michaela

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