March 16 2019

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 2019

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.

December 21 2018

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!

 

October 25 2018

Student Centered Book Fair Planning

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.

May 27 2018

Be Who You Are: Self Expression

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..