It’s snowing in the northeast, so today’s WRAD15 connections were a bit tricky. I had 4 cancellations today, but that did not stop classes from coming to the library to still hear some good stories read aloud.
Ms. Wright’s class read I’m Bored. Ms. Yawn’s class read Goodnight Already and Wolfie the Bunny. Ms. Li’s class read The Story of Fish and Snail. Great conversation filled the air even though we were disconnected from our friends through Skype.
Ms. Spurgeon’s class also had a cancellation, so we used this time to hear some oral stories about Harriet Powers, a former slave from Athens who made a famous Bible story quilt. I have a replica of the quilt, so we sat around the quilt and heard stories about Harriet Powers and the various symbols she put on her quilt.
The day still had connections.
Ms. Hocking’s Kindergarten class connected with Sherrell Stepp’s 1st grade in Gilbert, South Carolina. We read Same, Same but Different. Students asked questions about their schools to hear things that were the same but different. We both have a college in our towns but they of course have different mascots. We both have recess but our school has recess before lunch and their school has recess after lunch. It’s always fun to see how same but different we are even if we are just a few hours away from each other.
Ms. Lauren’s PreK students connected with Catherine Word’s 4th graders in Baton Rouge, LA. We shared Elephants Cannot Dance. I was elephant and Catherine was Piggie. Catherine’s students were the squirrels. We took time to share our favorite Mo Willems books as well as other favorite books.
Ms. Ramsey’s class connected with Kelly Light, author of Louise Loves Art. She read the book to us, but what we loved was how she pointed out so many details in the pictures that you can miss if you go too fast. Kelly reminded us all of how important it is to slow down when we share a story aloud and spend time examining and talking about what we see in the pictures. I know I need to do more of this as an adult. I’m often rushing too fast to just get to the words. I loved how Kelly told us that she chose red because it is a “strong color”.
Ms. Ramseyer’s 2nd grade class closed our Day 4 by connecting with author, Peter H. Reynolds. Peter showed us all around his studio, let us asked questions, and just had a hangout session. It was a blast. We saw some examples of how he puts together a book idea such as putting ideas and sketches on index cards and then putting them in order. Peter closed with Susan Verde’s You and Me and gave our students some encouraging words to go out and change the world.
Once again, we learned how much stories connect us!