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.
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.
This month we decorated the Learning Commons with a Winter Wonderland theme in preparation for flashlight reading. We shared winter and holiday stories and then students partnered up with a flashlight, comfy cushions and a cozy ‘fire’ to read books together. Lots of fun.
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!
This week we have begun to get ready to the Martha Currie Book Fair. The event is approached as a learning opportunity and as a festival of books. Here are some of our pre-planning activities.
Using Tangrams and Birds-eye view mapping to figure out how we could best fit all of the Fair Displays into the library space.
Uploading to Google Drive to review our ideas
Using the sneak peek box of books to practice money and math addition skills.
Designing our own book display stands with some of the new Fair titles.
Problem solving, negotiating, cooperation and team work as students figure out a support schedule for the Fair.
Students in Division 9 experimented with creating a Mannequin Challenge to show school spirit for the Learning Commons. We discussed the best way to create the video and how we might improve it next time. Great cooperation, super teamwork and great use of available time.
Read – Mannequin Challenge from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Students in Grade 2/3 generated some Martha Currie School spirit by creating a lego sign. The process took lots of discussion and cooperation and several attempts. Students were able to problem solve as a team. Great work!
Students in Kindergarten to Grade Four created this collaborative art project based on the school mottos that are displayed in the gym. We talked about working hard to achieve our goals and Helping Hands.
In the Learning Commons, students have been thinking about diverse families and recognizing that families come in all shapes and sizes. We used our Button Maker to create Be Who You Are buttons that celebrate all the different kinds of families in our school community.
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Students shared Be Who You Are by Todd Parr and we talked about all of the different messages and images that students wear on their clothing. Here’s a quick video showing some of our T-shirt choices..