The Sport of Reading
Collaborating makes reading fun.
Sakura Book Bowl Competition… the Sport of Readers!
In April 2019 a team of girls (12) will represent Seisen at the annual Book Bowl Competition. This week several ex Book Bowlers from Grade 6 shared their experiences and thoughts about being member of last years team. They shared the ups and downs, the challenges and their reasons for joining, with the goal of encouraging new Grade 4 students to try out for the team in January.
The girls talked about the fun of collaborating with those in other classes and grades, the challenge of the competition itself, balancing their time (with all their other commitments), the extra reading and homework activities associated with the lunch and school time practices. They also shared the excitement of reading and re-reading the books and how all the hard work helped them really improve their thinking, reading the vocabulary skills.
Grade 4: If you are interested in joining, make sure you read at least 5 chapter books before January.
- Grade 4
- Grade 6
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