October 18

I Spy With My Little Eye

This week some early primary students practiced using the camera on the iPad. We read I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs. Students in Kindergarten experimented with holding the camera vertically and horizontally, keeping the iPad cover away from the lens and holding the iPad still. It can be tricky : )

We thought the ball mark looked like a planet.

September 14

Deciphering Construction Blueprints

We began our school year in the Learning Commons by sharing the wonderful Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Students discussed the importance of never missing an opportunity to be kind. We also had fun with Munsch’s Mortimer and built our beds with the lego.

Some classes problem solved to see if they could decipher the construction blueprints for the new school addition. Students were very interested to figure out the symbols and plans. We also designed our own school – complete with basketballl hoop in the library!

April 28

Words and Your Heart by Kate Jane Neal

This week primary classes enjoyed this wonderful book by Kate Jane Neal.  Words and Your Heart is a great book to spark discussion about the power words can have, both positive and negative. We shared the story and then worked in groups to build structures whilst at the same time ‘building each other up’ with kind words. After clean-up, we reflected on our collaborative work and how the powerful words made us feel.

April 28

Always Remember by Cece Meng

This week some students in Grade 2, 4 and 5 created turtles as a follow up to the wonderful story Always Remember by Cece Meng with illustrations by Jago. Students in Grade 4 and 5 painted the egg carton pieces. This allowed them to dry overnight for the Grade 2 students to add the details the next day. Inspiration for the project from EmmaOwl.


We combined our creations with a Shark Lady display from my colleague Michelle Donaldson 

April 21

Adrienne Gear Recommended Books

I have recently updated our Martha Currie in-house collections of titles that support Adrienne Gear’s Reading and Writing Power Books. I have also added a resource list for  Powerful Understanding.

These are listed in the Library catalogue under the side navigation Resource Lists >Public Lists or use the direct links below. 

 Powerful Understanding – 115 titles

Reading Power Connect – 132 titles

Reading Power Infer – 67 titles

Reading Power Question – 82 titles

Reading Power Transform – 104 titles

Reading Power Visualize – 58 titles

Writing Power – 81 titles

March 16

Indigenous Resource: I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson

This simple story,  I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson touches on a number of core competencies including helping others and caring for the environment and well as the principles of respect for family and learning traditional knowledge from elders. Wonderful illustrations brought up lots of discussion. Kindergarten students created lego berry baskets complete with red rosehips. Our library also has the companion book I Wait.

January 22

Art in the style of Todd Parr

Todd Parr books are always popular in our Learning Commons. This week we read “Reading Makes you Feel Good”. Students are easily able to identify the bold colours and simple style of the illustrations and love the humour in the images. Some classes created some ‘selfies’, drawn in the style of  Todd Parr. We discovered the bright colours and black lines around each colour helped us to create a representation of his style.

I saved discarded and damaged copies of the books to use for these door displays.