Stories to Share

The wind blew my blog post away Sunday evening! So here it is now, on this beautiful Monday.

Happy International Women’s Day! We celebrated this weekend at home, by making Ridley’s Jigsaw Puzzle (1000 pieces) of Inspirational Women (Thank you Tess, for sharing that with us!). My almost-seven-year old son asked me why there were only women on the puzzle; weren’t there any inspirational men? I found myself explaining that for a long time women who had done inspiring and world-changing things were historically often forgotten. That we are in the middle of a time where we focus on and celebrate women’s achievements more. My son said that maybe in the future that won’t be necessary anymore and, “the puzzle can have 50 men and 50 women who did inspiring things.” I thought that was an interesting observation. (Or better yet, I thought later, what if the puzzle simply pictured 100 inspirational people. That it wouldn’t even register or matter to us what gender they have.) I had noticed before that he’s clearly growing up in a different society and time than I was, and definitely my parents. The other day, when we read a story about ‘a long ago time’ where the women had to stay home, waiting for their husbands to come back from war, my son asked, “But why didn’t the women go and fight too? They are just as strong!” This also shows the power of stories, and the power of reading with an open, inquisitive mind!

Here are some books on our current International Women’s Day – display in the library:

Last week, one of our new students who is learning to speak English, was trying to explain to me what book she wanted to check out. She clearly had a specific book in mind. She took one of the other student’s book from last week, showed it to me and said, “New book. Like this!” It was a new origami book, so I showed her our other books on origami. Nope, that’s not what she was looking for. Again, she said, “New book. New book.” Then I realized that I had showed the class new fact books last week during their library lesson. A photo of those books had been posted on our library blog, so I went on the blog and searched for the photo of the new books. She said, “Yes! That one!” It was the 100 things to know about Planet Earth. We were both so happy to have found the book she was looking for!

So on that note, here are some more new books added to our library collection. Most are already checked out to some eager readers. We have put these photos up on our library notice board as well, so students know which books are available, even if they never hit the shelves!

Reading Festival, with its focus on poetry, is happening soon! Last week we started reading, listening and sharing poems. We asked students to describe what a poem is. That is really tricky! Because poems can rhyme, or not. They can be short or long. They can tell us a story, or be full of nonense! An accurate description I heard, and really helped me understand how to describe poetry best, came from a student who said, “Poetry is basically a song without the music.” How observant! This week during library lesson, we will continue with reading aloud poems and sharing our thoughts and feelings about them.

Next week (in week 11), students will have a chance to browse the selected Usborne Books for the online book sale. Yvonne and I have worked closely together to set up this book sale to make it as fun, easy and interesting as possible. Despite being it an online event, and missing Yvonne’s on-site expertise and enthusiasm for the books. Yvonne has mailed the selected Usborne Books to us, so students can look at them during their library lesson in week 11. Students will receive a bookmark (see below) at the end of that library lesson. The QR code on that bookmark will lead to the online google form, which can be used to order the books. The ordered books will be handed over to the children during Reading Festival in week 13. The more books are ordered by the parents, the more free books from Usborne Sophie and I get to choose for in the library. A win-win situation! (Or really, a read-read situation!).

Click here for the direct link to the form. If you wish, you may order from today! Last day to order is Sunday, March 21st. Which is International Poetry Day!

In week 13, during our annual Reading Festival, every day will have a different focus and activity. All activities will take place in the classroom, with the mentor teachers. Due to the COVID-19 recommendations, we will not have mixed-group activities, after-school events, or host external/special guests this year. More detailed information will come soon, but here is a preview of what students can expect: Rap your Way through the Day, Tongue Twister Tuesday, Recite A Poem-Day, Dress Up Day, Read-A-Thon (at home). Each day will be introduced by a short video created by Sophie & I. We also aim to bind all the students’ poems (which they will be writing in week 12) into our own ISGR Poetry Collection book!

This post is a bit longer than usual, with lots of stories to share! Thank you for reading it all through. If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas regarding the upcoming weeks in the library, please feel free to contact us via email. We try to respond as quickly as we can!

To end this post, I’d like to share a comic (as usual!). Last week, I indulged in reading Grant Snider‘s collection of comics I will judge you by your bookshelf, and came across these ones, among many fantasic others:

Happy Reading!

Your Library Team,

Sophie & Fleur

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