January 22

Reach for the Stars with Books

Check out our latest bulletin board display. The Cat in the Hat is enjoying some of the new books that reflect the latest direction in the development of the library.

These titles are helping us to create a collection that honours diversity and respects the individual. The focus is on building a collection, in both French and English, that helps students understand the importance of Social Emotional Learning and offers staff some great titles to share as discussion starters with students.

January 22

January Storytime Core Competencies

For our first week back in January we shared two stories that were great fun to read, super discussion starters and helped students think about the classroom dynamic. We read Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein and My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook. I shared our reading on Twitter and both of these authors responded to our work. It is always fun for students to see that their reading is acknowledged by the authors.

December 21

Focused discussions on Each Kindness

This month all of the classes, K – 4/5 spent one period in the Learning Commons focusing on Jacqueine Woodson’s wonderful book Each Kindness. Beautiful illustrations by E.B. Lewis. Students were engrossed in the story and keen to discuss so many threads the plot introduced including poverty, peer dynamics, cliques and the unintended consequences of inaction. What seemed to have so much impact with the students was that, unlike so many stories they read, there was no happy and satisfying resolution to Each Kindness. They hoped for a sequel or asked me to check that there wasn’t one more page in the book.

Jacqueline Woodson and E.B. Lewis

The message of the book is to never miss a chance to be kind. Why waste it? Although another opportunity might come, that chance for kindness will be ‘more and more forever gone.’ Students commented that the book, ‘made you think, even after you finished the story.’ Yes!

We shared our activity and Jacqueline Woodson liked our tweet!