Building Belonging- diversity, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Easter Books, New Honours Reader Program

Easter weekend is over, but the reading and the learning doesn’t stop!  Here are some great recommendations to continue to help your child learn more about Jesus’ death and resurrection or just to extend the fun of the holiday a little longer. I especially love these diverse book lists.

23 Multicultural Children’s Books about Easter

Darkest Night/Brightest Day

Darkest Night Brightest Day A Family Devotional for the Easter Season Marty Machowski

 

The Best Easter Picture Books About the Gospel for Lent

The Easter Story Books for Kids

Egg-cellent Book Gifts for Your Little Bunny’s Easter Basket

I'm Growing Great

7 Books That Tell the Big Story of Easter

7 Multicultural Easter Books for Kids

I am launching a new version of the HHCS Honours Reader program!  Some of you might remember this program from a few years ago.  The new program will replace the format of the old one. It will have categories to work on such as classics and modern classics, various genres, and diverse books. Students who complete this challenge before they graduate will receive a special HHCS seal. If you like reading, would like to learn more about the world around you, and would like to earn an HHCS seal for your efforts, then go to Google Classroom and click on the plus+ sign button on the top right to add a class and enter this code  qru34nw. You will see all the categories with further instructions there.

Building Belonging- diversity, Scholastic Book Club, Special Days/Weeks/Months

World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day, and April Digi-Flyers

Scholastic April digi-flyers are here!  School-wide class code is RC391237.

April English Flyer

April French Flyer

April English Flyer

This Monday at HHCS we celebrated World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day.  We talked to the students about our wonderful neurodiverse brains, about qualities and difficulties of autism, and about accepting and celebrating our similarities and differences.  Enjoy these resources!

Books for Kids with Characters on the Autism Spectrum

Building Belonging- diversity, Events, Genre, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs for Kids, World Down Syndrome Day, and Battle of the Books

Let’s start with a round-up of biography books for kids and tweens/teens! There are so many great choices these days for kids to learn about interesting people in the world.

who was duke ellington?

whowasbookseries.com

https://www.shepersistedbooks.com/

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Middle Grade Biographies and Memoirs in Verse

New Biography Books for Elementary and Middle School

World Down Syndrome Day, Online Book Sale Continues, and New Blog Feature- HHCS Reads- Interview with Mrs. Spencer

Last week we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day!  Above is a link to my post from last year with some books to learn more.

I’m excited to be starting a Battle of the Books team!  If your child is interested and missed last week’s introductory meeting, there is still time to join.  We will meet during two recess times each week.  This program is organized and hosted by the Halton Hills Public Library.

Battle of the Books

Halton Hills Public Library Logo

Building Belonging- diversity, Events, Family Literacy, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Black History Month

Recently Mrs. Kroezen, Grade 6B, and I hosted a school assembly on the theme of Black History Month.  This year we decided to go with a Canadian Focus.  Black History is Canadian history! As a school we celebrated the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who have done so much for our country. Enjoy some of these Black History month stories below.

Read about the role of Canada as a safe place for slaves to escape to and watch a Heritage Minute about The Underground Railroad:

https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/canada-code-name-heaven

The role of Harriet Tubman:

The amazing story of John Ware:

Enjoy the music of Oscar Peterson:

She’s on our $10 bill- Viola Desmond!

He’s the real McCoy- inventor Elijah McCoy!

Hockey fans- it’s Willie O’Ree!

Keep working on your reading for The Reading Olympics Challenge!  Remember that each book you read can only be applied to one category for the Olympics.

Authors, Building Belonging- diversity, Christmas, Events, Vintage

Vintage Author/Illustrator Spotlight- Gyo Fujikawa

Something a little different for you this week!  Last year around this time I posted some pictures of vintage children’s Christmas books that I have at home. I love children’s literature and feel that is so important- and I also love vintage children’s literature!  I have a collection at home of my favourites.  My number one favourite author-illustrator from my childhood is Gyo Fujikawa.  I had forgotten all about her books until one day I saw “Oh What a Busy Day” and I was immediately transported back to childhood.

Source: Goodreads.com

Gyo captured childhood so well in her writing and illustrations and lovingly depicted children from all cultures playing together, at a time when that was not commonly featured.  You can read about her amazing life in this article from The New Yorker.  It includes anecdotes about when her family was in an internment camp and when she worked for Disney.  https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-gyo-fujikawa-drew-freedom-in-childrens-books

There is even a fairly new book about Fujikawa’s life, titled “It Began with a Page-How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way.”  You will love reading these books with your children, they are really special!

 

 

 

The awesome thing about these vintage books is you don’t have to hunt them down- they are easy to find as the re-prints are available at Amazon or your local bookstore!

 

 

 

I think it is important to show our own kids the books that we loved when we were young! Such treasures!

Don’t forget our upcoming Book Character Christmas Ornament challenge!  I can’t wait to see what the students come up with!

Apps and websites, Building Belonging- diversity, Christmas, Events, Social-Emotional, Special Days/Weeks/Months

World Kindness Day, and Upcoming Book-Themed Christmas Ornament Challenge

Saturday was World Kindness Day!  As Jesus-followers, let’s intentionally teach our kids to find ways to be kind.  You will love all the practical ideas and resources on this site:  https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

Quotation: A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. Amelia Earhart

Take a look here:

A Mighty Girl – 25 Picture Books about Kindness and Empathy

Cool to Be Kind: Children’s Books That Champion Kindness

Here We Are

 

Our fall Book Character Potato Contest was so fun, that I’d like to do something similar yet different for Christmas!  I am planning to put up a Christmas tree in the library in a few weeks.  I would love for students to create (at home) some book-themed ornaments to put on the tree!  Any materials or format are fine as long as they will work well with being up on a tree!  Let your creativity flow!  I will draw a couple of names again to win an Indigo gift card to say thanks for participating.  You may send the students’ creations in at any time – the tree will go up sometime late November.  Need ideas?  Try a keyword search for “DIY Book Character Ornaments.”

Building Belonging- diversity, Scholastic Book Club, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Scholastic Digi-Flyer, Orange Shirt Day, and Spotlight on Graphic Novels

September Digi-FlyerReading Club: Class Code

Our school will be participating in the Scholastic Reading Program again this year.  If your child’s homeroom teacher runs this program through the classroom, then please order through that.  However if your child’s teacher does not participate, you are welcome to use my school-wide code!  Your order will ship to your home and you can order online whenever you’d like!  When you enter the ‘class code’, your order earns 20% back for new books for our school library.  Orders over $40 are free shipping.

Use this for the Class code – RC391237

 

Orange Shirt Day is coming up this week on September 30.  Again our school will be observing this day in various age-appropriate ways in the classrooms and as a whole school.  We will discuss why Every Child Matters and how all people should be treated with love and respect.  We will be working on a wall display this week as well and I will post pictures of that next week.  Be sure to wear an orange shirt on Thursday.

I started a new special ‘graphic novel section’ in our school library this year so I thought I’d post about graphic novels!  Here is an infographic I made about the benefits of graphic novels.  See below for information about graphic novels that may be appealing or helpful to your child. Have a great week HHCS!

 

Graphic Novels Can Turn Reluctant Readers Into Lifelong Book Lovers

12 Outrageously Funny Graphic Novels for Reluctant Young Readers

7 Graphic Novels Elementary Schoolers Love

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A Mighty Girl

Apps and websites, Building Belonging- diversity, Digital Literacy, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Common Sense Media Resources, How to Choose a Book, and Hispanic Heritage Month

It was so nice to see so many families come through on Friday night for a visit to the school!  I enjoyed having you all come through the library with your children.  Thanks for stopping in!

Here is a link to a presentation I made for our school about Digital Citizenship.  I used resources from Common Sense Media which is an amazing site for parents and educators.  I hope that you will find this useful and refer back to it during the school year.  (link below.)

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Digital Citizenship for Families

You can also go to this link from Common Sense Media and get free text message tips about how to promote healthy media habits with your family!

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/techbalance

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has a very helpful article about how to choose a book for your kids.  It has general advice and then also specific advice for each age group and for different book genres.

How To Choose A Book

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month!  Let’s celebrate with some great books.

15 Picture Books That Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage

14 New Children’s and YA Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Picture Books for Hispanic and Latine Heritage Month

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics
ReadBrightly.com

I have a whiteboard outside the library where I am starting to post a ‘library question of the week’ for students to write their answers.  The first week’s question was “What was a great book that you read this summer?” and the current question is “Where do you like to read?” How about you?  Feel free to leave a comment below!  Have a great week HHCS and don’t forget about Culture and Curriculum Night on Wednesday!

Building Belonging- diversity, Events, Social-Emotional

Welcome Back to School! HHCS Library Re-Opens, Back to School Books, and Back to School Night on Friday

Welcome back to school HHCS!  I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since the students have been in the building!  I am so excited to present to you our newly re-opened and newly decorated library.  Most of the library had to be dismantled last year to use the space for an extra classroom to keep the class sizes smaller for the pandemic.  This year we are so excited to welcome students back to their library, back to their gym, back to a newly landscaped back forest with outdoor learning space, and back to a newly decorated front entrance of the school.  Thank you so much to the volunteers who helped me to move and unpack boxes and to shelve everything back in order in the library- I couldn’t have done it without you!  It is so great to be in the library space and I love being able to have classes in there as well as wave at everyone as they go down the hall while I am working at the desk.

Last call for the summer reading challenge!  If you forgot to send it back and your child did complete it, please send along either the printed copy or you can email me a copy of the digital version.  Students will earn an HHCS seal.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1yoeOFsUhI6mMQJObBHHimiSA1X8fXEZNzJ_GEqHbYqs/edit?usp=sharing

This past week some classes enjoyed back to school books like The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson and You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt. That’s definitely how all the HHCS staff felt this week- the students were finally back! What a great feeling!

Friday night will be a modified version of our usual HHCS Back to School Night.  Be sure to check Sycamore for details.  I will be in the library handing out bookmarks and a page of resources for parents!  Come and say hi!

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Indigenous History Month, New Scholastic Digi-Flyer, and Father’s Day Books

June is Indigenous History Month and it is a time to celebrate First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people.  However at HHCS we recently mourned the very sad news about the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in British Columbia.

If you would like to talk about this topic some more with your children, here is an article from CBC Kids News that could help you.

CBC Kids News

Here are some resources to help you to highlight the many amazing things about Indigenous people and community.

CBC Kids is always a great site to visit!

The Barren Ground by David A. Robertson

The Barren Grounds

Click on the link above for the synopsis/review.  Several of the students I work with read this book for the Forest of Reading program.

What’s My Superpower?

Just an everyday awesome indigenous kid in this story!

 

My Heart Fills with Happiness

A sweet and happy book about family!

My Heart Fills With Happiness

May We Have Enough to Share

Community and gratitude are celebrated in this meaningful book.

May We Have Enough to Share

Visit indigenous websites:

Scholastic Digi-Flyer- June

Class code – RC391237

June Flyers Are Here

Read about Scholastic Camp Read-a-Lot here!  http://classroomessentials.scholastic.ca/s/cec-ca/en/camp-readalot

I will also have more options for Summer Reading Challenges- to be announced next week!  Your child will have the opportunity to earn a Summer Reading seal!

In other news, don’t forget about Father’s Day coming up soon!

Father’s Day Fun: 14 New Picture Books Perfect for Dads

My Dad Used to Be So Cool
readbrightly.com
Daddy Long Legs
https://www.kidscanpress.com/products/daddy-long-legs
Every Friday
goodreads.com