Happy holidays! The winter months are full of many different holidays – Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, to name a few. Did you know that December 4th was National Cookie Day? Or that December 10th was Dewey Decimal System Day? My students do! We celebrate lots of things here in the library.
In November, we not only celebrated Veterans Day, a very important holiday in honor of our armed service members, but also Picture Book Month, World Kindness Day, International Games Day, and Thanksgiving. Throughout the month, in addition to reading a variety of them in media lessons, all students were encouraged to check out both non-fiction and fiction picture books in honor of the celebration. Students also added their favorite picture book titles to my interactive bulletin board. If you would like to read more, please visit Picture Book Month.
International Games Day, sponsored by the American Library Association, celebrated its 7th year of gaming in libraries. I registered for the event early, and was able to request donated games from a variety of the ALA partners — my students and I were thrilled to receive all of these games just in time for our gaming week celebration!
Flower Hill ES media center, along with over 2000 libraries around the world, enjoyed games of all sorts. Playing games with others is not only enjoyable, but also helps builds community, strengthen critical thinking skills, and teaches sharing, collaboration, and good sportsmanship. The picture below is of the interactive bulletin board I created, asking the students to sign their names under the pictures of the games they most like to play (Minecraft was the clear winner!)
During media time, we incorporated the playing of many games into our lessons – board games, building games, online games (click to visit my Brainteasers & Logic Games website) – even simple Tic-Tac-Toe on a piece of recycled poster paper was a favorite! Click for and website, which includes lots of great information in support of gaming for education.
For World Kindness Day, I asked my students to do something kind for someone else … and left blank note cards for them to complete and deliver to friends, family, and staff members. Hopefully, there were many recipients of one of these notes! More information and resources about teaching kindness can be found in my Choose Kindness Scoop.it.
Lastly, in celebration of Thanksgiving, I asked staff and students to share what they are thankful for on my bulletin board. I created Tagxedo word cloud poster with lots of words related to being thankful. Many students were thankful for their friends, family, their teachers, and Minecraft! Staff were thankful for their own families, their students, and for working here at Flower Hill Elementary School!
Our media center was the recipient of a $500.00 grant from the wonderful literacy organization FirstBook, and our students received a book for their home libraries in time for winter break. FirstBook also donated approximately 150 books to our school library, including books from kid author favorites Mo Willems and Rick Riordan.
Thank you FirstBook for your outstanding work to give all children – especially those in financial need – access to books! To support the organization,and to say thank you for supporting our students here at Flower Hill ES, my daughter and I participated in FirstBook – Montgomery County Run to Read on November 8th. For more information about FirstBook, please visit their website.
Thanks for reading, a watch for my next post very soon!