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As the world is learning about the COVID-19, and journeying deep into uncharted territory, it is reassuring to know (maybe) that library life continues in its (almost) normal way.

Yesterday, we started with ALL of PYP K students in the library:

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Then we had ALL of PYP 3 students in the library:

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After that, we had all of the LGRP 2-3 students coming up to the library:

We ended the day with two PYP 2 classes combined:

In these abnormal times, it can be reassuring to do normal things (without pretending everything is normal either!).

Stay healthy, wash hands, and of course- Happy Reading!

 

 

Week 12

As you all know, our annual ISGR Reading Festival has been postponed to week 19. Ali Sparkes is available that week as well. So that is good news!

How do you start a conversation, a blog post, an email or an update without mentioning the Corona virus? And then the questions start. How do we know what is true? What is the right (or wrong) thing to do? What are our personal responsibilities towards our families, our community, our society at large? What choices should you make, and based on what? What are your values, how do you look at the world?

Somehow we aim to stay informed, stay calm and think clearly so we can make decisions that have the best possible, positive effect on our community, our society.

That is why, this week, we focus on being Knowledgeable during our library lessons.

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What are facts? Where do we find them? How do know this is true? How do we respond to things we find out? What is our responsibility? What kind of action can we take? These are questions that we all think about, all the time, and especially now.

In the younger years we will start with differentiating between fact books (non-fiction) and fiction. From there we will ask the question: How do we differentiate between facts and fiction when people tell us things? How can we find out?

We are looking forward exploring these challenging questions with our students this week. And maybe they will bring these questions home as well.

Happy (and critical) Reading!

 

 

 

Postponed to Week 19

Imagine a big box, the size of Mary Poppins’s bag, and that is where we’re going to put all of our amazing, inspiring and fun Reading Festival activities in. We tape it up, and bring it to week 19. Then, we unpack it and we will have a wonderful Reading Festival, when all our students and staff are at school!

Thank you for postponing your enthusiasm, participation and support to week 19 as well!

We hope you stay healthy, stay calm and stay informed (stick to the facts!) during this time.

If you have any questions, please let us know. We’re here for you! Email me at fleur.doornberg-puglisi@isgr.se

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Happy Reading!

 

Library Lesson Snippet

What does a library lesson look like? This is a video of a PYP 5 class in the library, after they’ve checked out their books and they’re all settled and doing their things: quiet reading, shared reading, chess, magnetic poetry, looking at displays… Every class looks different, of course, but you can get an idea of the relaxed, calm and fun atmosphere.

 

Magical Monday: Action!

You know it is going to be a good week, when it starts with a PYP 5 Exhibition Group coming in the library with a poster… img_1026

For their action piece, they have chosen picture books from our school library that are connected to the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). They have labeled these picture books, to make it easy and fun to find them in our picture books section.

The poster is permanently up in the library, and we will continue to label the picture books that are connected to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Hurray for Action!

And we ended the day with a great Board Game Afternoon session! Next one is Friday, March 27th. Hope to see you there!

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Week 11: Reflective

Happy Women’s Day!

A short update for this week:

On Monday (9/3) we will have board games in the library after school. Bring a game, bring a friend!

This week, during the library lessons, we will talk a little bit more about our Reading Festival in week 12 – and answer any questions that are still lingering. See below for the Reading Festival information.

We will also read and reflect on being… reflective!

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We are so lucky to have an abundance of books in our library! And it keeps getting more and more! Here are a bunch of new (fiction) books ready to be checked out. These books are a mix of donated books, and books we bought second hand.

Of course, Ali Sparkes’s display is still up. But all her books are checked out! Please be sure to join us for the Meet & Greet on March 20th. You can buy her books, and have them signed by Ali Sparkes. The books will cost between 90 and 110 SEK.

Here is the Reading Festival Information again. A more detailed overview of the after school activities will be presented next week. Stay tuned!

Reading Festival 2020

Share Your Stories

Week 12: Tuesday, March 17th – Friday, March 20th

What are we doing DURING school time? 

Writing Workshops with Ali Sparkes (PYP 3 – 5 and LGRP 3 – 5)

You will participate in a 45 minutes writing workshop with Ali Sparkes. She will come to your class. Be ready with ideas, paper and pencils!

Buddy Reading (Everyone)

Your teacher will set up a buddy reading moment (can be during your library time) with another class from our school. You will either read to them, or be read to.

Story Wall (Everyone)

Write a story that fits on one A4. You can make an illustration for it as well. Or write the first paragraphs of a story. Maybe even a killer of an opening sentence. Your choice. You can work on this at home, in class or during library time. You can work on it together, or on your own. As long as it fits on one A4, we can display it in the main hallway at school.

Friday Dress Up Day (Everyone)

On Friday, March 20th, everyone is invited to dress up like a character from a book. Brainstorm with your teacher. Maybe the whole class can be from one story? Or even your whole grade level?

Your teacher might organize some other things like: a parent reading to your class, or a fun display to celebrate reading, or read all sorts of fables and other inspiring stories.

What are we doing AFTER school time? 

As always, we will have after-school activities in the library during the Reading Festival.

Tuesday: Magical Story Time 14.30 – 15.00

Several classrooms, and the library, will be transformed into magical spaces. Come and listen to the stories we share there! Stay tuned for more details on which classrooms will be open.

Wednesday: Storytelling Games/Activities 14.30 – 15.30

Come to the library to play a very fun story telling game!

Thursday: Read-A-Thon 15.45 – 16.45

Ask your family and friends to sponsor you to read! With the money we will buy new books for in our library, and you get to say which one!

Read-A-Thon 2020 (Svenska) (1)Read-A-Thon 2020 (English) (1)

Friday: Meet & Greet with Ali Sparkes 14.30 – 15.30

Meet British author Ali Sparkes. Buy her books and get them signed.

Meet & Greet with Ali sparkes!

To read this information in Swedish, please download this pdf file: Reading Festival information (Swedish)

Happy (Bedtime Story) Reading!

 

 

Week 10: Introducing Reading Festival

May I introduce to you our annual Reading Festival in week 12? A week in which we celebrate the joy of reading, the wonder of sharing stories, and the excitement of writing our own stories. Next week, we will share with the students all the events that are happening during week 12, and how they can get involved.

The following information will be shared with the students:

Reading Festival 2020

Share Your Stories

Week 12: Tuesday, March 17th – Friday, March 20th

What are we doing DURING school time? 

Writing Workshops with Ali Sparkes (PYP 3 – 5 and LGRP 3 – 5): You will participate in a 45 minutes writing workshop with Ali Sparkes. She will come to your class. Be ready with ideas, paper and pencils!

Buddy Reading (Everyone): Your teacher will set up a buddy reading moment (can be during your library time) with another class from our school. You will either read to them, or be read to. 

Story Wall (Everyone): Write a story that fits on one A4. You can make an illustration for it as well. Or write the first paragraphs of a story. Maybe even a killer of an opening sentence. Your choice. You can work on this at home, in class or during library time. You can work on it together, or on your own. As long as it fits on one A4, so we can display it in the main hallway at school. 

Friday Dress Up Day (Everyone): On Friday, March 20th, everyone is invited to dress up like a character from a book. Brainstorm with your teacher. Maybe the whole class can be from one story? Or even your whole grade level? 

Your teacher might organize some other things like: a parent reading to your class, a fun display to celebrate reading, bring your favorite book to share with your class, or read all sorts of fables and other inspiring stories.

What are we doing AFTER school time? 

As always, we will have after-school activities in the library during the Reading Festival. 

Tuesday: Magical Story Time 14.30 – 15.00: Several classrooms, and the library, will be transformed into magical spaces. Come and listen to the stories we share there! Stay tuned for more details on which classrooms will be open. 

Wednesday: Storytelling Games/Activities 14.30 – 15.30: Come to the library to play a very fun story telling game!

Thursday: Read-A-Thon 15.45 – 16.45: Ask your family and friends to sponsor you to read! With the money we will buy new books for in our library, and you get to say which one! Download the sponsor sheets here: Read-A-Thon 2020 (Svenska)Read-A-Thon 2020 (English)

Friday: Meet & Greet with Ali Sparkes 14.30 – 15.30: Meet British author Ali Sparkes. Buy her books and get them signed. 

Meet & Greet with Ali sparkes!

Other than Reading Festival

Board Games: We played an intense game of Mysterium last Friday, with a big group (14 students!). Another group was at the table playing more relaxed games like Tsuro and UNO. Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm, participation and bringing your own games to share! Our next board game session is on Monday, March 9th.

Big Book Order: We are excited about the big fiction book order Sophie and I placed last week. More than 70 new titles to add to our library collection! Titles include: Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Nowhere Boy, Snow Place Like Home, Olga and The Smelly Thing from Nowhere, Oscar The Hungry Unicorn, and The Wild Robot. We ordered a mix of chapter books for older and younger readers, picture books, graphic novels/manga to continue popular series, and a bunch of wonderful books about mindfulness. Our choices are based on what students and teachers suggest and request or books that have come to our attention through magazines like the School Library Journal. Soon, we will be placing a book order for new non-fiction titles.

Usborne Books 23 – 24 April: As earlier announced our Usborne Book sale will now be held in April. It will be a two day event connected to the World Book Day on April 23rd. (Just to clarify: World Book Day UNESCO is celebrated on April 23rd. In the UK World Book Day is, however, celebrated on March 5th!). Our plan is to allow students to browse (and possibly reserve) the books during the school day. Classes will have a scheduled visit to the book stalls. Yvonne will share the newest titles with them, and gives them personal advice. After school, Yvonne will be there until 16.00, so students can come pick up their books (after their parents have approved their choice, and swished Yvonne) – and of course, parents are invited to come and browse the books themselves after school as well. We will send out more information after the Easter Break. Parent helpers are much appreciated for these two days! Let us know if you are available and interested to volunteer during these days. For now, mark your calendars for the ISGR World Book Day Event with Usborne Books on April 23rd – 24th

In the Spotlight: The following books are in the spotlight and on display the next two weeks. We hope students will make a balanced book choice this week!

Book Club at the Local Library: We would like to pass on the invitation from our local public library at Dr. Fries Torg, close to school, for all 9 – 12 years olds to join the book club on Wednesday, March 4th. For more information follow this link.

We are looking forward to an exciting and busy next few weeks, anticipating and preparing for the Reading Festival!

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Happy Balanced Reading!