Frané Lessac and Mark Greenwood
Frané Lessac and Mark Greenwood came to visit the elementary students and their teachers on Friday 4 October
Frané Lessac and Mark Greenwood came to visit the elementary students and their teachers on Friday 4 October…
Frané is originally from America but now lives in Australia. She told us she loves to travel and create books based on her worldwide journeys. She shared the process of writing and illustrating books, empowering the students as she gave them the opportunity to work alongside her.
As a child, she always wanted to be an artist or a veterinarian. Now she is an artist and an author-illustrator, publishing over forty books for children. Many of her books include animals. During her presentations to Grade 1,2 3 and 4 she shared her passion for art and how her work supports stories with more complex themes.
Mark is a history hunter. He told us that he enjoys searching for lost explorers and glittering treasure, delving into mysteries and solving famous cold cases. Most of all, he loves sharing the stories that he finds. He captivated Grade 4 and 5 classes with his storytelling and intrigued them with his eyeball ring and a piece of space ‘rock’. As well as sharing his enthusiasm for storytelling he also supported student learning especially well be helping the girls focus on new ideas for story writing. As he left each class he quite literally passed on one of his story ideas to be ‘written’ by the future authors of Seisen.
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
Children and, indeed, adults do not have access to their thinking and reasoning skills when they are flooded with emotions.
The winning books, as voted by students in Japan, are announced.
For adults and children alike, routine and predictability are calming during times of stress.
Globally people are experiencing a different sense of loss too. I’m basing this discussion on the SCARF model by Cezar Danilevici.
As the reality of another week of distance learning and disruption of our regular routines sets in this week, I’d like to focus on keeping it simple and go back to some parenting basics.
Whether in Tokyo or abroad, many of us are under self-quarantine. It is important to be aware of cabin fever syndrome – rooted in the feeling of confinement and isolation for an uncertain period of time.
At this time, we would like to encourage our community to take the time to practice self-care. We might find this to be a highly stressful and challenging period. We can help manage our anxiety by acknowledging and discussing our feelings about this situation with loved ones or with myself as the KG/ Elementary counselor who is trained and equipped to deal with stressful situations like this.
It has been great to see the art contributions and hear the important discussions that have taken place and note how this competition has supported learning.
"Gung Hei Fat Choi!" from Grade 1 - Celebrating the Year of the Rat, in Visual Arts classes