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Week 23: Origami and More

Mindful Origami

The time has come for our Origami Week! We are very excited for students to spend their last library lesson of this school year working with Rachel on their origami skills. We post photos and videos of our Origami Week on the blog as we go. At the end of the week, we will post Rachel’s origami tutorials as well.

Batman Returns… all library books!

Please support your child in returning ALL the library books they currently have on loan. We will be sending reminder emails to parents of students who have longstanding overdue loans. Some students have been absent for many weeks, and are maybe unable to return their library books themselves. Please arrange with a friend to return the books, or just stop by school to drop off the books at our reception. PYP and LGRP 5 students, or students who are leaving our school, here is an extra reminder for you to please return ALL you library books next week! Thank you!

Thank you for returning your school library books next week!

To Read and Listen

Something totally different, but very exciting: J. K. Rowling will be publishing a new children’s book, The Ickabog, in November 2020. She will post chapters every weekday (from 26/5), and invites children all over the world to come up with the illustrations! How cool is that? Read the full story here. To visit The Ickabog website, and read the released chapters, click here. Happy Reading!

We would also like to draw your attention to the Remember Reading podcast, in which the story behind children’s classics are explored.

ISGR Summer Reading Challenge

Missed the ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge? Download it here!

Free Books for PYP K Students

Every year, Göteborg Stad gifts all “Förskola klass” students a book. Last year, this was Gropen by Emma Adbåge. This year, the F students have received this same book as well. Next week, PYP K students who would like to, can take a copy of Gropen home. This beautiful book is in Swedish.

Lots of bits and pieces in this week’s blog post! You don’t have to remember all the details, as long as you remember to return ALL library books to school next week!

Happy Reading!

Week 22: Preparation for Origami

This week we will be preparing for our Origami workshop in week 23. This week’s library lesson, is also the last library lesson to check out books. Actually, it is our last library lesson of this school year! In week 23, when the classes come up to the library, everyone will return their library books, and Rachel will lead the origami workshop.

Preparation for Origami Workshop

The Origami Week is part of our Creative School project, funded by the National Council of the Arts. Visual artist Rachel Barron will be leading the workshops. She has successfully worked with us before. We are excited she will be working with us again!

This year’s Creative School events are connected to our theme of well-being and mindfulness. In the origami workshop we connect to this theme in three different ways:

  • During the process of creating and making, we calm our minds. We can feel the therapeutic effect of being focused and creative.
  • In the product we make, we seek harmony and balance in our vibrant and joyful compositions.
  • As a community, we are all working on these origami creations. We will start the workshop with some calming breathing exercises and during the workshop, we will have relaxing music in the background.

In week 22, students will be prepared for the workshop during their library lesson. Students are asked to think about concepts such as, mindfulness, balance, harmony, composition and pattern. Different activities will be done, depending on previous knowledge and experience with these concepts.

In week 23, the origami workshop will be 45 minutes long. Students are invited to create several units, a building piece, with newly acquired origami skills (which Rachel will teach, obviously). She will prepare three different video tutorials, in which units for three different skill levels are shown. Students can then put these units together in whichever way they wish, creating “harmony and balance in a vibrant and joyful compositions” (Rachel’s words!).

ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge

For the students who didn’t have their library lesson last week (Thursday and Friday classes): it is time again for our Summer Reading Challenge! It is a fun way to encourage students to read through the summer and keep up their reading skills while nurturing healthy reading habits!

This year, upon completion, students will receive a 20% discount voucher for the book store Bokskåpet! Bokskåpet sells books (mostly in Swedish, with some English titles as well) and some craft items, puzzles and games. We are excited to offer this to our students who have successfully completed their ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge. The challenge is for students both in the PYP and LGRP section, from grades K/F all the way up to 5!

If the corona virus circumstances allow us, we will have a Library Party in September with all students who have completed the ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge.

Download the form here (or pick up a copy in the library):

ISGR Reading Summer 2020 Challenge

Read-A-Thon Titles

Make sure to check out the books we bought as a result of the Read-A-Thon 2020 event. You can find the new titles in the post below this one.

Looking Ahead

Week 22: Last week to check out books. Library lesson used to prepare for the Origami Workshop the next week.

Week 23: All students will return all of their outstanding library books. Origami workshop with Rachel Barron (in the library lesson).

Happy Reading!

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Read-A-Thon Titles

We have ordered 41 books as a result of the Read-A-Thon 2020. Please see the list below for the titles. They’re coming from Usborne (Yvonne), AdLibris, Bokus and Amazon. Once they’ve all arrived, we will label and cover them. Sophie will catalog them, and then they will be ready to be checked out by the Read-A-Thon participants after the summer break. As soon as they’ve had a chance to read their requested book, all students are welcome to check out these wonderful new books!

Thank you to all Read-A-Thon readers for your reading a ton! 

From AdLibris:

The White Mouse: A Folk Tale from The Panchatantra

Dawn Casey

Rocks and Minerals

National Geographic Kids

Warriors: The Rise of Scourge

Erin Hunter

My Little Pony: Fluttershy and the Fine Furry Friends Fair

M. Berrow

A Ninja’s Path (Lego Ninjago: Reader)

Tracey West

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club

Alex Bell

Cupcakes for Kids: 50 Fun, Colorful and

Cortina Butler, Rosie Anness

Gone

Michael Grant

Plague

Michael Grant

Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (Really.)

Liz Pichon

Rainbow Magic: Marissa the Science Fairy

Daisy Meadows

The Runaway Robot

The Stolen Chapters, Volume 2

James Riley

Secret Origins, Volume 3

James Riley

Pick the Plot, Volume 4

James Riley

Worlds Apart, Volume 5

James Riley

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Spook’s: I Am Grimalkin

Joseph Delaney

Gerrard (Classic Football Heroes) 

Matt Oldfield

Ramayana

Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa

Today I Found a Unicorn

Jack Lewis

Ellinor

Katarina von Bredow

Leo

Katarina von Bredow

Viktor

Katarina von Bredow

Morfars hemlighet

Michael Wiander

Fångar i Luxor

Michael Wiander

Flykten till vulkanön

Michael Wiander

From Bokus: 

Warriors Super Edition: Moth Flight’s Vision

World’s Worst Teachers by David Walliams

Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks

Sea Giants of Dinosaur Times 

Where’s Wally? The Incredible Paper Chase 

Captain underpants and the tyrannical retaliation of the turbo toilet 2000

 

From Usborne:

The War of the Worlds 

Big Picture Book Dinosaurs 

Fairy Ponies # 1 and # 6

Big book of Animals

Little Cakes and Cookies to Bake

Astronomy

 

From Amazon:

Doraemon. Gadget Cat from the Future

Fujiko F. Fujio

 

Happy Reading!

Week 21: ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge

So Many New Books!

All our new, cataloged books are on display in our library. We are so excited by these new titles, and we hope our students are too! Among our new books, we have great fiction for 9 – 12 year olds, internationalized traditional fairy tales, additions to our Disney picture book collection, Swedish non-fiction and bold, colorful picture books.

ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge

It is time again to introduce our Summer Reading Challenge! It is a fun way to encourage students to read through the summer and keep up their reading skills while nurturing healthy reading habits!

This year, upon completion, students will receive a 20% discount voucher for the book store Bokskåpet! Bokskåpet sells books (mostly in Swedish, with some English titles as well) and some craft items, puzzles and games. We are excited to offer this to our students who have successfully completed their ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge. The challenge is for students both in the PYP and LGRP section, from grades K/F all the way up to 5!

If the corona virus circumstances allow us, we will have a Library Party in September with all students who have completed the ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge.

Since upcoming week is a short school week (Monday through Wednesday), students who have their library lesson on Thursday or Friday, can come to the library Monday – Wednesday to pick up their ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge form – or you can download it here:

ISGR Reading Summer 2020 Challenge

Read-A-Thon Results

We had an astonishing number of 32 students participate in our ISGR Read-A-Thon this year! Thank you to all of the families for supporting this event. We will now order the requested titles (students who participated in the Read-A-Thon got to choose a book we should buy for the library), and catalog them as soon as possible! Realistically, students will most likely be able to check out the books after the summer break, though – as week 22 is the last week to check out books!

Looking Ahead

Week 21: Introduction and invitation to the ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge.

Week 22: Last week to check out books. Library lesson used to prepare for the Origami Workshop the next week.

Week 23: All students will return all of their outstanding library books. Origami workshop with Rachel Barron (in the library lesson).

Happy Reading!

Reading Parachute

 

Week 20: Reading With Your Senses

Reflecting on Reading Festival 2020

What a great Reading Festival we’ve had! It was… different than last year. Not as loud and colorful maybe, but back to basics: celebrating reading and stories by… reading and telling stories!

Take a look at our special Reading Festival 2020 page for the latest (and last!) updates, including a video of our 4D students performing “How to Catch a Leprachaun”!

It is not too late to do to the Read-A-Thon at home! Just remember to hand in the form with your child’s NAME and requested BOOK TITLE. That way, we can purchase the book with the money your child raised, catalog the book, and make sure your child is the first one to check out the book from our library.

On Friday, May 15th, we will place the order for the requested titles. So please hand in the Read-A-Thon form, plus cash/swish payment before Thursday, May 14th. Thank you for your enthusiasm, support and participation!

New Books… Again!

The new books just keep coming in! Well, not “just”. It is due to Sophie’s behind the scenes hard work of labeling, covering and cataloging them. Some of the new books are not on the photos below, because we were too eager to get them into the hands of our students who had been waiting for particular titles for a long time! The free Usborne Books we have received (thanks to your purchases!), are not cataloged yet (obviously). The books on viruses and bacteria are directly used in the new Unit of Inquiry in PYP 5, but will available for all as soon as they are don’t need them anymore.

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Reading With All Your Senses

This week, during our read alouds in our library lesson, the focus will be to “read with all your senses”. We will be listening to the read alouds, not only for story line and the excited feeling of “what happens next?!”, but also to zoom in on which words/phrases are used to describe something we can hear, see, feel or taste. Students can either choose one sense to focus on while listening to the story, or they can choose several. Students can take notes on white boards, or (for the younger years), make a quick drawing to help them remember which word(s) they heard.

We will pick up our exciting read aloud novels again:

PYP 2: A Boy Called Bat

PYP 3: Coraline

PYP 4: The Losers’ Club

PYP 5: Restart

For PYP 1 students, we will give them a few appropriate options to choose from.

Looking Ahead

Week 21 is only a three day week. We will try to post the read alouds for the students whose classes visit the library on Thursday or Friday. Also, that week we will introduce the “ISGR Summer Reading Challenge.” We will post a video explaining the challenge so noone will miss out!

Week 22 will be focusing on preparing for our Origami Week in week 23! More information about that will come next week. Week 22 is also the last week to check out books.

Week 23 will be our Origami Week, in which students have an origami workshop instead of a library lesson. Students will also return ALL their library books that week.

Week 24 is the last week of school. Students will not have library lessons, but the library is open for returning books. Teachers can bring up their classes for read alouds, quiet working/reading time. Sophie and Fleur will be focusing on big library jobs such chasing overdue books, going through the “lost books” list and auditing our collection.

Can’t believe the end of our school year is on the horizon!

Until then…

Happy Reading!

Kid Reading in a Tree

Week 18: Preparing for Reading Festival

Usborne Books Sale

There is magic in being able to browse the books, touch them, open them and ask Yvonne questions right there and then. There is something irresistible about your child’s big puppy eyes begging you to “pleeaase” buy the book. It feels like there are many layers between an online book sale invitation and actually holding your purchased books in your hands. We understand that, and we will definitely have our on-site real-life Usborne Book Sales as soon as we can!

So thank you to all the ISGR families who dove in and participated in the first ever virtual Usborne Book Sale! Your purchases support our school library with even more beautiful, fun and informative Usborne Books in our collection. 

If you still would like to order last-minute, you can email Yvonne directly with your order: ykenglishbooks@gmail.com. Thank you!

Read Alouds

As promised, here are the read alouds for this week: the last ones to be recorded and posted. We will continue reading the novels during our library times from next week on. So catch up on them if you haven’t listened to them before!

New Displays

More new and exciting books are on display in our library! Displays are focused on our Reading Festival in week 19, Mindfulness, New Swedish Fiction and Fractured Fairy Tales.

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Reading Festival Information

All the Reading Festival information is now posted on a special tab you can find on the homepage of this blog. Or follow this link: https://isgrguldlibrary.blog/reading-festival-2020

Library Time Week 18

During our library time next week, we will catch up on our read alouds (what happened in the stories, the chapters we recorded and posted), as well as preparing for our Reading Festival in week 19.

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Happy Weekend,

Happy Reading!

Yours,

Fleur

my weekend is all booked