Hopefully you enjoyed this beautiful weekend with lots of sunshine and stories! Let’s hope the sun keeps shining, and the stories keep being told!
General Library News
We have a bunch of new books that have been added to our (already wonderful!) library collection:
We are ready for this week with a new display with books about the UN and Halloween! The display will keep being refreshed as students are loaning the books (which is the point of a display, that students check out the books that we show/highlight!).
It is “Teach Graphix Week” this week, and although we won’t do something with that, it is good to know that are some exciting online author/illustrator events that you can attend! Check it out HERE!
PYP Library Times
Last week, we started our read aloud sessions. We answered the question what we can do (with our bodies and minds) so everyone can hear the story, can think about it and can share their thoughts or feelings about the story. The Thursday and Friday classes didn’t get a chance to do this yet, so we will be doing that this week. For the Monday and Tuesday classes, we will continue reading our stories!
We hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, enjoying the beautiful autumnal colors all around!
General Library News
As you know, we are subscribed to the Storytime Magazine. This magazine is filled with amazing read-aloud stories. Because of our subscription, we get to try out their new Storytime Hub, in which all their stories are accessible as pdfs and audio files. This means you can listen to one of their stories, and read along (if you wish). Twenty ISGR families get to try this out. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested. First come, first serve.
Last week, we had the photography workshops for the PYP and LGRP 5 students with Zainab Arshad as part of our Creative School project. The students were very engaged and enjoyed taking photos with different types of cameras. Zainab is coming back next week to make a montage display with the developed photos.
PYP Library News
Last week, we shared our library learning goals with each other. We took turns reading our learning goal out loud. While sharing our goals, we were listening for connections. After everyone had their turn sharing their goal, we shared the connections we found. Some students realized that other students had a very similar goal, or that they could help someone else with their goal, or that they could learn from someone in their class. Great connections were made!
We reviewed our three library rules: 1. We take care of the books, 2. We take care of each other, and 3. We are quiet, calm and focused in the library. We asked ourselves: will these three rules help everyone to achieve their library goal, and have the library sound/feel/look like the way we described a few weeks ago? The answer was a clear YES! This means we can move on to our next library unit of inquiry: Read Aloud sessions.
Next week, we will start our library time with answering the question: How can we have our Read Aloud session together so that everyone is able to hear the story, understand it and share their thoughts and feelings about the story we read? Students will come up with agreements so we can make our Read Aloud session successful and enjoyable for everyone.
We will read different stories with each grade level, see photos below:
I hope you’re staying warm and dry during this windy, rainy weekend! Perfect reading weather, if you ask me!
General Library News
Next week, the PYP and LGRP 5 students will participate in a photography workshop led by photographer Zainab Arshad. She will share with the students her passion for photography, and will brainstorm what it means to be part of a community and how you could capture that in a photo. Students will work together in small groups, using different tools to experiment with. The workshops are funded by the Creative School (or Skapande Skolan) Grant which we have received from the National Council of the Arts.
On that note, we are currently working behind the scenes to organize the Creative School Events for the Spring term. All the workshop leaders are lined up, and now it is just a matter of setting the dates and finalizing logistical details. Every grade level will work with some kind of performing or visual arts expert, as well as participate in a workshop with a published author or illustrator. Details will be revealed once all is set in stone! It will be a busy, creative term is all I can say now!
Just a heads up that after the Fall Break (or Höst/Läs lov), we will start our online Scholastic Book Sale. They offer a wide range of books in English for competitive prices. The library will receive a certain amount of books based on your purchases. More information about that in week 43!
This Monday (4/10), the library will close at 14.45, due to a meeting. Thank you for your understanding!
Maybe you’re familiar with the fantastic children’s bookstore Bokskåpet in Linnéstan. Now they’ve opened an indepedent “sister store” on Danska vägen. Read more about Lilla BokskåpetHERE.
PYP Library Times
Last week, almost all students finished their Library Learning Goal book mark – which are all laminated now too. With some classes we played the Library Game, and to the younger students we had a cozy read aloud with one of the stories from the Storytime magazine.
This week, we will start our library time with sharing our library learning goals. It is interesting and helpful for all of us to know what everyone is working on. We can make connections, and help each other achieve our goals. After we’ve shared our goals, we will look at the sounds/looks/feels Y-chart we created in the beginning of our school year. We will put that next to our current library agreements. Then we will discuss if our agreements need changing or adjusting. The rules are there to serve us: there are there for us so we can accomplish our library learning goals, and so our library sounds/looks/feels like we had imagined in the beginning. So next week is a time for reflection for us to determine whether or not our current library agreements help us make the most of our library time.
From now on, each post will be structured in a way so that the information can reach the right audience. The first part of the blog, “General Library News,” will be interesting for both PYP and LGRP families. The second part of the blog, “PYP Library Times,” will be aimed at informing our PYP families of what is happening in the PYP’s library lessons.
General Library News
The presents, for the students who successfully completed the ISGR Summer Reading Challenge 2021, have arrived! A few students received their presents last week already, everyone else will get theirs this week during their library time. Congratulations to everyone who have completed the Reading Challenge! We are already looking forward to the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 21-22! (Note: the notebooks and pens are made from recycled materials, and the stickers are printed as environmentally friendly as possible. To learn more about the company we ordered from, you can take a look at their website HERE.)
This Friday (1/10) it will be World Vegetarian Day and on Monday (4/10) it will be Cinnamon Roll/Kanelbulle Day! This deserves a display, of course. 🙂 Bon Appetito!
Remember to check in at the Storytime website and participate in their “Happiness is…” art contest! Click HERE to do so.
As part of our Creative School/Skapande Skolan grant we have received from the National Council of the Arts, we have organized photography workshops for the LGRP and PYP 5 students. They are led by photographer Zainab Arshad and will take place next week on Monday (4/10) and Tuesday (5/10). Students will find out what photography can mean to someone, and will explore what photography can mean to them. After a short technical explanation, the students will engage in a hands-on experience of taking photos with an analog point and shoot camera. The results will be shared in an exhibition the week after at our school.
PYP Library Times
Last week, many classes were able to finalize their library learning goals. See the photos below for a few examples. Note the wide range of goals students came up with!
The Thursday classes will have a chance this week to finish their library learning goal book marks, as well as one of our Friday classes. Next week (week 40), all students will receive their laminated learning goals and we will work with it then. We will use our learning goals and our thoughts on what the library should sound, look and feel like to reflect on our library agreements. We will decide if they need to be adjusted or changed in any way. But that’s for next week since this week the Monday classes had to miss their library time and the Thursday classes still need to work on their library learning goals! The classes who have already done that, will play the library game during circle time. This time the library lions need to get to the library in 10, instead of 15 minutes! See if we make it!
It was Health & Well-being week last week, so in our Foundation classes we shared some great non-fiction titles to support the students in learning about what it means to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. This week, we will share more new non-fiction titles with the Foundation students. After that, we will focus on stories to connect to their overarching unit of inquiry they’re working with in the classroom.
Last week, in the PYP library lessons*, we brainstormed and decided on our library learning goals. Students wrote their goals on a piece of paper. For example: “I want to read thicker books, like Harry Potter” or “I want to understand what I am reading” or “I want to read every comic book in our library!” Clear goals that will give the students a focus point when they are choosing their books for that week.
Next week, we will build on that: students will write their library learning goal on a different (nicely cut in bookmark-size!) paper, as well as take some time to color and decorate if they wish. I’m hoping that we can laminate them during our library lesson, but we will see if we have time for that or if I do that after school. Students can bring their laminated library learning goals-book mark home. I will write down their library learning goals in my own notes for future reference.
Next week is Healthy Week at our school, both for our LGRP and PYP section. From the Health Week commitee and the mentor teachers you have received lots of ideas for things to do and talk about at home during the Health Week. It just so happens that our read-aloud magazine Storytime is focusing on health as well, mostly on our mental health. They’ve put together an activity pack to download for free. They have also organized a “Happiness is… Competition”. Students all over the world are invited to draw what happiness means to them. The winner’s art will be featured in the Storytime magazine. Click here to read more about this competition.
From now on, we will receive a weekly newspaper for children aged 7 – 14. Please download the pdf below to read “First News” with your child. Scroll down to page 20 for special book news, and page 21 for an interview with Jacueline Wilson!
We are looking forward to a readingful, healthy and balanced week ahead!
Fleur (PYP) and Sophie (LGRP, and PYP support)
*The classes who have their library time on Thursday, didn’t get a chance to brainstorm and discuss their library learning goal. (I was at home, recovering from the effects of the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination). We will take time to write our library learning goals next week.
Last week’s library game was a success! Arjun (in second grade) said, while we were playing the game, “I think this game teaches us about our library!”. And that’s exactly what it did. Students had to find books from the different sections of the library, they had to show what quiet reading looks like, or had to answer a question about their reading habits and preferences. We played and learned together!
Here are a few photos taken during the game with a second grade. Notice how we’re getting closer to the board as we play the game! It was very exciting!
Here are photos of the end result of several of the games we played:
After the exciting energy of the game, students checked out their books and did some quiet reading.
With the Foundation classes we finished reading Library Lion and worked on understanding what fiction books are and what non-fiction books are. We will do this again next week, in the form of a sorting game. We will be connecting different words for the same category (made-up stories or stories from the writer’s imagination, for example, for fiction), as well as placing books in the correct category (fiction or non-fiction). We’ll be reading (parts of) Do You Know Dewey? by Brian P. Cleary to give the students an idea of what kind of topics they can find in our non-fiction section.
Next week, in PYP 1 – 5, we will be working on our Library Learning Goals (as part of the First Six Weeks of School, matching the Responsive Classroom approach). These learning goals, together with how we want our library to sound like, look like and feel like, will inform our library agreements. We would like to build and maintain a library learning environment in which all students can work on (and reach) their library learning goal. But in order to do that, we first need to think about, draft, fine-tune, and then commit to our goals (or Hopes and Dreams as they were previously called)! Next week, we focus on writing a draft of our Library Learning Goal. The week after, we will fine-tune and finalize them.
Perhaps you are familiar with the poem Magic Carpet by Shel Silverstein? I’ve used it in lessons and workshops before: it’s simple and very inspiring.
I’ve re-written this poem a bit, so I can use it to introduce the idea of creating Library Learning Goals:
You have a magic library
That you will visit every week.
You can find fiction, facts, even manga,
Whatever it is you seek.
So will you make your library time
As magical as it can be,
Or will you wander off
And miss this
We can connect our Library Learning Goal to the IB Learner Profile Attitudes and to the ATL-skills (Approaches To Learning). We will end our brainstorming session with this poem, also by Shel Silverstein:
We would like to share with you our latest, newest non-fiction titles:
The new Storytime is here! Ready to be checked out from our school library, but is also accessible as a pdf, including the activity pack.
I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that it is WordKidLit Month, “reading the world through kids’ books in translation”. Follow the WorldKidLit blog here!
Your Read Aloud Language
As you maybe know, I write a monthly guest blog for the Dutch sister of Storytime (called ERWASEENS). For this month’s blog, I will be writing about raising children in a multilingual environment, focusing on reading aloud. I was hoping you’d be willing to share some of your read aloud experiences with me which I can include in my guest blog by filling out this form. Totally voluntary, of course. Thank you!
Thank you for reading our library blog and staying up to date with our library learning!
Last week, we started our library session with a combined greeting/sharing game. We greeted one another, and everyone got a chance to share. Students talked about what they want the library to look like, sound and feel like. I wrote it down on the poster paper (each class has their own Y-chart). Students could add to it later, if they thought of something after the sharing turn. We will use this again in a few weeks to see if our current library rules still match our expectations and wishes for our library time this school year. With some classes we had time to play “Follow the Leader” (or “Conductor” as some students know the game), which was very fun!
This school year, I’ve been feeling inspired by the Library Lion, and I chose this picture book to read to the Foundation students. They are new to the library, and we are slowly introducing our library and our library routines to them. This week, we showed them the picture book section. Next week, we will show them the non-fiction section (which is very big!). Foundation students will always choose no more than one book to check out. Students who have not returned their book, can’t check any out. So please help your child to remember to bring their book to school on their library day, so they can return it to the library. Thank you!
My plan was to allow students to only check out one book, to get back into the returning-your-book-routine. But the students were so excited to read, and most wanted to check out two books last week. As Sophie pointed out, why stop that?! And she’s right! It was great to see their positive attitude towards reading. That is our mission: to guide students with their book choices, so they can experience the joy of reading! Our official library mission statement is the following:
Our library’s mission is to provide a diverse and inclusive collection of high quality fiction and non-fiction resources for our ISGR one school community. Our library and its activities reflect ISGR’s school values by celebrating diversity and providing global perspectives. We aim to maintain a welcoming and accessible library environment where students feel a sense of belonging, ownership and responsibility and where reading for pleasure is at the forefront. Our goal is that students can independently choose appropriate resources that will develop their literacy skills and nurture their personal interests and academic inquiries. Library staff are engaged in guiding and supporting students, building the foundations for students to become lifelong readers and critical thinkers.
Next week, we will work with the different kind of books that are available in the library, as well as what kind of activities we can do during library time. This is important, as in a few weeks students will think about, discuss and share their library learning goal (which we will write/draw on a bookmark). But before you can develop your library learning goal, it is good to be reminded of what you can find in our library, what kind of things we do, and what kind of reader you currently are.
Because I love board games, and since we can’t have our board game club after school due to the pandemic, I decided to make our own library lion board game! Two library lions (that way more students can have a turn) need to get to the library before it closes in 15 minutes! On the way, they need to find lost books, show us possible library activities, and answer some questions about the kind of reader they are. We will play this during our circle time. Our group goal is to get our library lions to the library before it closes for the day! Will we make it? (The tasks on the cards are differentiated according to the grade level).
We’ve switched out some of our books on the displays. Have a look!
Then, to round off this blog post, I would like to let you know that we had 36 students who successfully participated in the ISGR Summer Reading Challenge 2021! The notebooks have been ordered, and will hopefully arrive in a few weeks. Now we can start thinking about the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 21-22!
It was humbling to see all the smiling and exciting students coming through our library door last week, and the week before! When we played the “library game” (see photo), it became apparent how well the students know the library, and how easily they explained how our library routines work. We have a great foundation on which we can build even greater library experiences! And then to hear from a teacher that her class had said that Monday is their favorite day because they have their library time then, just makes our day!
Next week, we will be playing several circle games that will help us to get know each other, feel connected to one another and allow us to share what our expectations are in our library. We will work with the Y-chart, often used in Responsive Classrooms, to answer the question: What do we want our library to sound like, look like and feel like? These wishes and expectations will inform our library rules.
All students will be checking out one book again. From week 36 on, students in grades 2 and up will be checking out two books. All students are welcome just before school (8.20 – 8.30, not on Wednesdays) and just after school (14.30 – 15.00) to check out additional books, but students can never have more than three books in total out on loan.
We have received 22 submissions for our ISGR Summer Reading Challenge 2021 so far. Remember that this Tuesday (August 31st) is our last day to submit!
This is the 201st Post! It is actually not hard to believe that we’ve had so much to share with you. There’s a lot of learning happening in the library every week!
This will also probably be the shortest post I’ve written. I just want to let you know that, because our school week started on Wednesday last week, the students who have their library lesson today and tomorrow will have their first library lesson in the way I described in my last post. The students who have their library lessons on Thursday and Friday this week, will have a “bonus first lesson” with an extra hide-and-seek game: Where is Wally in the library!
Next week, all classes will have the same learning goal but the activities will be adjusted to their grade level. So this means all classes will have their second lesson in our “First Six Weeks in the Library” introductory sessions. More about that in our next blog post on Sunday evening (August 29th).
Today is the first day of a brand new school year! You have received a welcome letter from our Head of School, Birgitta Sandström Barac. You have received a warm welcome from our PYP Principal Lee Brown, as well as from our complete PYP Leadership Team, including deputy-principal Vanessa Molina Gabinus and PYP coordinator Ellen Trelles. And before these welcomes, you have been greeted by our Admissions Team James Teasdale and Adriana Koscianska. I hope you feel very, very welcome to our ISGR School Community, because you are. 🙂
Now it’s my turn to welcome you! My name is Fleur, and I am the PYP library teacher at ISGR. Sophie (our librarian) and I would like to welcome you to the school library. If you are a PYP student, I will see you every week in the library during your library time. If you are an LGRP student, Sophie will see you every week, or every other week, depending on which grade you’re in. The LGRP students will receive information about that from their teachers. Sophie also supports our PYP classes throughout the week when they visit the library. I work every day except for Wednesday, and Sophie is in the library from Tuesday – Friday.
The best way to contact us is by email. Click here to get to the “contact” page. For our rules & routines click here. We hope you will follow our library blog (with just one click!) this school year. Then you will never miss out on our weekly updates about our library sessions, special events and inspiration to read!
First things first: if you’re a returning students, and you’ve completed the ISGR Summer Reading Challenge 2021, please email me (email@example.com) with your work before August 31st. You can also hand it in when we see each other in the library. I will send an email either congratulating you on successfully completing the challenge, or with some requests for additional work in order to complete the challenge. I am looking forward to seeing your work!
The latest Storytime issue has arrived in the library, and is ready to be checked out! As always, you can access the read-aloud magazine online, as well as the activity pack that goes with it. You can subscribe to their blog with “Thoughts on stories for kids, illustration, creating a children’s magazine, reading for pleasure, improving childhood literacy, and more from the makers of Storytime.”
During our library sessions in our first six weeks of school, we will be focusing on getting to know each other, learning about the library, and how we can all work together to make the library a welcoming and joyful place to be.
This first library lesson, our focus question is, “What do you know about this library?”. We will play a game with dice and cards as a fun and engaging way to assess and share our knowledge of the library. We will also play a finding game in the library, to practice our walking feet and whispering voices. All students are invited to check out one library book during their first library lesson.
Grades 2 and up will be allowed to check out two books during their library lesson from week 36 on. This is to give time to practice library routines, and to remember to return your library book every week! If students wish to check out more than one book in the next two weeks, they’re welcome just before school starts (8.20 – 8.30, except for Wednesdays) and just after school ends (14.30 – 15.00) to swap their books or borrow additional books. Students are allowed a maximum of three books checked out on their accounts.
As a parent, we ask you to support your children by reading the library book at home, keeping the book safe, and returning it on time the next week. Thank you!
You can’t start a new year, without new books! Look at the photos below to see which books have just come in! We’ve set quite a few up on the displays, but we’ve got more book surprises to come over the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled!
That was it for this week! Our weekly blog posts will be published every Sunday evening. Stay tuned!
We are looking forward to a fantastically fun and readingful year!