Welcome back to a year of reading
A mixed start to the year.
Welcome back to another year of reading. We have had a mixed start to the year. Last week our library suffered flooding from the storm. You can tell by the pictures that we had quite a mess to clean up and so we were closed for a week.
During that time nothing could be checked out. Happily, and thanks to many people, we are open now and we have enjoyed a rush of ‘library business’.
The bright side however was that I gained the opportunity to visit the students in their classes and remind them about our online service, OVERDRIVE.
All students have access to Overdrive while they are at our school. They can check out E-Books , Read-along books and Audiobooks. Overdrive is just like a library. Students can borrow a copy of t any of the books usually there is only one copy per book) and have up to three books for two weeks. Then they will be automatically returned and then if students have placed a hold on a popular book the book will arrive automatically in their account when it is their turn.
You can download the app so then the books can be downloaded into your own devices and they can travel with you anywhere (no internet access needed!)
Grade 1 and 2
I am sending home with Grade 1 and 2 students a copy of their username and instructions about how to access Overdrive at home.
Students have in their Google drive a document/drawing with their username saved.
Please let me know if any of the usernames are not working.
Happy Reading everyone.
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- 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