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The Music of Words

It was great to see all the students again in the library, after the Sports Break. We continued our read alouds, and made connections with stories we knew or asked ourselves the IB key concept questions.

On the 2nd of April 2021, it is International Children’s Book Day with The Music of Words as its theme. In the upcoming weeks, we will be slowly working towards that special day.

Here’s an overview of what our library lesson focus will be for the next few weeks:

Week 9: Poem Read Alouds. What is a poem? What kind of images do you see in your mind when you hear the poems?

Week 10: We read poems together. What makes poetry different from verse?

Week 11: Browse Usborne Books as part of our Usborne Books Event. Students can browse a selection of Usborne Books during their library lesson. They will bring a book mark home with instructions on how to order. Last date to order is Sunday, 21st of March (on the International Poetry Day!). Students will receive their ordered books before the Easter Break.

Week 12: How do you write a poem? Students who would like to, can write a poem. We will “publish” the poems in a poetry collection, which will be available in our library to check out!

Week 13: ISGR Reading Festival! During our library lesson, we will share the poems created by our classmates. Every day of the week, will have one focused activity (Dress Up Day, for example) related to celebrating reading, and The Music of Words in particular. More specific information will come later.

We’ve got some great new non-fiction titles in our library:

Happy Reading!

Week 8, and a Bit Beyond

Welcome back to school! We hope you had an active, yet restful, Sports Break. Maybe even with lots of reading. I was able to read these beautiful books:

A few weeks ago, one of our library lessons was filmed. Its purpose is to function as evidence that we meet the standards that the CIS (Council of International Schools) requires. Since it is not possible for a CIS visitation team to be on site, we are asked to send them videos to show them how we work and what we do. At the same time, it is fun for you, as parents, to see how we work in the library as well! Enjoy!

CIS Video Evidence of Teaching and Learning at ISGR

The library is ready for students to return! New displays are set up, with traveling themes. Since we should avoid unnecessary travel, we can read books instead about adventerous journeys, faraway countries or magical places. We have also got a display set up with our new audio books!

This week, and in the coming weeks, we will continue our read alouds during our library lessons. We will start connecting them to the IB Key Concepts.

PYP 1 students will start checking out two books (instead of one)! Which connects to the key concept of ‘responsibility’!

Further ahead is the International Children’s Book Day on the 2nd of April. The week leading up to that (26/3 – 1/4), we will have our ISGR Reading Festival! This year’s focus is ‘The Music of Words’, as that is the theme of the International Children’s Book Day as well. More information coming in a few weeks, including how our online Usborne Book Sale is going to work!

Happy Reading!

Reading for Valentine

If you have missed our mid-week Happy World Read Loud video, click here to see it!

Sophie has cataloged some beautiful picture books to add to our library collection. We have read several already in our Foundation and 1st Grade Classes. Some students have checked them out to read at home. Reading aloud is one of the best ways to get someone excited about reading themselves! (I think).

We’ve got a few different displays up at the moment: Jacqueline Wilson books, New Arrivals, Books related to people who have made a positive change in the world, and… our new Valentine’s Day display. We would like to interpret Valentine’s Day in the most diverse and inclusive way: it is not only about romantic love, but friendship and kindness too.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This week, we will have another glorious week of read alouds, and hearing the connections students make with their own lives, the learner profile attributes, or other stories they have heard before.

Happy Reading!

Your Library Team,

Sophie and Fleur

ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 20 – 21: Students’ Work

In this blog post, you will find one piece of work from each student who has successfully completed the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge. Some students have submitted all of their work in one document; in that case, their complete Challenge has been posted. We’ve had 88 students who participated, so the original idea to share everyone’s work on this library blog couldn’t be realized!

See if you can find your piece of work! What other imaginative, inspiring and fun completed challenges will you find along the way? Feel free to share this blog post with friends and family from all over the world. The more people who will feel inspired to read, write and be creative – the better! Right?

Happy browsing!

Gallery of Selfies

Gallery of Book Reviews and Book/Movie Comparisons

Gallery of Fantasy Animals

Gallery of Winter Stories

Gallery of Read Alouds

Claire
Advait
Siri
Evey
Wolfgang
Ameya
Anamika
Vedan
Martin
Avin in Swedish
Jason
Read Aloud in Chinese
Emese in Hungarian

Gallery of Redesigned Book Covers and Favorite Characters

Gallery of Altered Stories

Gallery of Winter Celebration Fact Sheets

Gallery of All-in-One

Hope you have found some inspiration for your next reading adventure among all that beautiful work!

Happy Reading!

News and Nya Böcker

We’re building up this blog post from small news to big news!

First of all: we’ve heard many great connections the students have made between the IB Learner Profile attributes and the stories they had read to them during their library lessons last week. It shows that the attributes are truly part of our education and day to day life in the classroom. And hopefully outside of the classroom too! Next time you read to your child (or your child reads to you), ask them about the Learner Profile attributes and what connections they can make. I bet they’ll share some very insightful connections with you!

As you could guess, the main goal of our library lessons is for students to get excited about reading, for students to read what they’re interested in, and to be able to share their reflections on what they’ve read. That can look and sound differently for everyone. As these photos of a first grade’s library lesson show you…

Take a look at our new books, mostly fiction in Swedish!

Wednesday, February 3rd is World Read Aloud Day! How better to celebrate than double your read loud time together that day? The report, The Rise of Read-Aloud, states that “Read-aloud time is unquestionably a beloved and important family event. We also know from previous analysis through the Kids & Family Reading Report that both being read aloud to 5–7 days a week before kindergarten and continuing this habit are key factors in predicting whether or not children ages 6–11 will be frequent readers.” If your child is old enough to read by itself, doesn’t mean it’s time to stop reading to him/her. You can even read one chapter to your child, and then your child reads one chapter to you! Get ready with World Read Aloud 2021 with literacy advocate Malcolm Mitchell.

We’ve got some exciting news about our aquarium! We’ve got seven new friends to round out the small ecosystem: three bottom feeders (brown/black), three molly’s (one white, one black and one orange), and a water snail eater (orange/black) as we keep having baby water snails. It’s tricky to take photos of fish, but I’ve got a few snapshots for you to introduce our new fishy friends (but none of the bottom feeders, unfortunately)!

We have received the custom-made book bags for all the students who have successfully completed the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 20 – 21! Next week, students will receive their book bag during their library lesson. The bags are made in Sweden from recycled fibres, and printed with environmentally friendly ink. We are super excited!

A link to the work for the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 20 – 21 can be found here.

That was the end of this post with lots of exciting news! Thank you for reading our library blog, supporting our school library and encouraging your child(ren) to read for fun!

Happy Reading!

Short & Sweet

This blog post is a little later than usual (and will be a little shorter than usual). My head was filled with all the wonderful, creative, and fun submissions for the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 20 – 21. What a joy and a privilege to read, listen to and look at all the work that students have done to complete the Challenge. I think it is safe to say that this Winter Reading Challenge has been a success! Ninety students have successfully completed it. Based on the thoughtful, creative submissions, the happy faces of the students as well as the feedback from the parents; participating in the Challenge has been a positive and joyful experience for the children and their families. It was sweet to see the photos of the students reading with their parents, or hearing them read aloud together. Thank you all so much! One piece of work from each student will be posted on the library blog next weekend.

During our library lessons, we will continue our read alouds. We have been connecting the stories and its characters’ actions with the IB Learner Profile Attitudes. We will continue to do so. Next library blog, I will share some of the connections the students made.

It is quiet in the afternoons in the library, without library club. But we are happy to see that many students stop by to return their books and check out new ones. We continue to nurture a positive reading culture, even if we can’t have our special library events.

Happy Reading!

Gratitude

First of all a big thank you to our librarian Sophie and our guest teacher Danny! Due to cold symptoms, plus two symptom free days, I was home most of this last week. Sophie and Danny did a wonderful job. I was sad that I wasn’t able to start the new term with the students, but I felt gratitude knowing that Sophie and Danny were there to make the students feel welcome in the library!

Thank you to all the parents who have encouraged and supported their children in successfully completing the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 20 – 21! Thank you for your submissions, whether digitally or on paper. Everyone should have received a confirmation email by now. We have received 48 completed challenges so far! From Foundation all the way through 5th Grade. If your child hasn’t submitted yet, the deadline is Tuesday, the 19th.

I have enjoyed reading, looking at and listening to the completed challenges. The creativity, effort and thought put into the work I’ve seen has been tremendous. It has lifted my spirits!

With permission, we will share some of the work (it’s too much to put everything on!) on our library blog. We will try to do that by the end of this month. All students who have completed their Winter Reading Challenge will receive their bookmark and cloth book bag by the end of this month as well.

In the next few weeks during our library lessons, we focus on reading aloud. In each grade, we will share different books and stories. Before and after our reading, we will connect it to the IB Learner Profile Attitudes. Our first read aloud library lesson, we will use the Learner Profile Attributes to answer the question: How can we make the most of our read aloud time?

In Foundation and 1st Grade we will read a story from the Storytime Magazine. In PYP 2, we will start the short and exciting chapter book Mission Fox by Justin D’Ath. In PYP 3, we will choose one story from the IB Ten Tales from Different Cultures series per lesson. In PYP 4, we will read one myth per lesson from the “Usborne Illustrated Myths from Around the World”. In PYP 5, we will read one short autobiography per lesson from “Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different”.

We have got some more exciting new books to choose from:

New books!

Talking about exciting, our aquarium has some new inhabitants: baby guppies!

As usual, I would like to end the post with a library related comic.

Happy Reading!

Yours,

Fleur

Challenges

Welcome to a new term! We hope you had a wonderful start of 2021.

With my “to read shelf” barely emptied, our family has acquired some more fantastic books to read in the next few weeks. We hope you had a rest- and readingful winter break too!

Covid-19 is not done with us yet, even though we might be done with it. It is teaching me to let go and be patient. Accepting that the virus is going to be here with us and that we have to adjust our behavior is the first step. This means, for example, accepting that this term we will not have our after-school library club meetings. So no board games, aquarium club, crafts afternoons, etc. Students are welcome to come after school to return books, to check out new ones – but no library club activities. Unfortunately.

Some challenges can be fun though. Like our ISGR Winter Reading Challenge! This is what parents have written about the winter reading challenge:

“Thank you for keeping the kids engaged in these dark winter holidays when there was nothing much to do. We enjoyed the challenge!”

“It is a great challenge which refilled our melancholic winter with a positive boost. Thanks!”

“Thank you for setting up this Winter reading challenge thus giving an opportunity for both the kids and the parents to work on a common objective with a joint effort. It was really fun for all of us.” 

Students can submit their Winter Reading Challenge work until the 19th of January. Please email all photos and recordings to fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se with your child’s name and class in the subject field. Students can also hand in their work on paper to us, during their library lesson. All students who have successfully completed the challenge will receive a book mark, and a cloth book bag with a unique design by the end of this month!

During our library lesson next week, we will play a fun game to remind ourselves of our library rules. And of course we will share about the latest books we have discovered and read. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Happy Reading!

Faithful Followers

Dear faithful followers of this library blog (and everyone else who happen to stumble upon this post!), I just wanted to take a moment to check in. I hope you had a joyful and relaxing first week of the Winter Break. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope it was beautiful! Maybe it looked something like this?

Follow Ilse on Instagram for more brilliant illustrations.

A friend of mine made this short movie (he is a filmmaker, and recently he taught himself how to use an animation program), and I just have to share it! I loves stories, and I love them better when people with creative minds put a humorous twist on them! Thanks, Wisse!

Rest me to wish you a good last few days of 2020, and an energetic and inspirational start of a healhty and happy 2021!

See you in January!

Happy Reading!