NPES Learning Commons Weeks 8 and 9!

Hello, readers!

The last time I wrote, I talked about the SC Flood. There are lots of folks in SC who are still getting their lives back together (so, we still need help!), but for the most part – in my general area – life is returning to “normal.” We have clean water, sunny days, and SCHOOL!

So, to recap the last couple of weeks –

We participated in Star Wars READS Day on October 10. We participate in this event every year. We had story time, Star Wars-themed crafts and snacks, and we encouraged kids to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character. We had a great turn out, considering we did not have school the week before to promote (flood).

We hosted our Cardboard Carnival on October 15! 5th graders showed off the games they made for the Global Cardboard Challenge. We had a LOT of classes come in and play the games that morning. 5th graders seemed to enjoy teaching others how to play their games and all of the other grade levels liked coming in to see what they made. It was a success! I really liked how we themed it this year (5th graders had to create a game…in the past, they could do whatever, as long as it was made out of cardboard) and I liked that there were no prizes (one piece of candy at the end). Already looking forward to next year!

Kindergarten students and 1st graders started reading books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal for the Global Read Aloud. So far, we’ve shared Chopsticks, Spoon, and The OK Book. I also have 3rd graders reading Fish In a Tree by Hunt.

Lion Cub Story Time was on Friday and we read books about SPIDERS! We kicked off story time by singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Then I read a non-fiction book about spiders to the group (Spiders and Their Webs by Tagliaferro). After learning some facts about spiders, we did a “5 Little Spiders” fingerplay (that I cannot seem to find a link to right now…), I read the Very Busy Spider by Carle and ended with Aaaarggh! Spider by Monks. They made spiders out of construction paper and googly eyes for the craft (like this, except instead of a plate, we cut circles out of paper). The snack was jelly beans that I called spider eggs. That was pretty gross, actually 🙂 They also got a spider ring on the way out.

I’ve been planning for our upcoming Book Fair…and I think that’s about it! It’s been a busy couple of weeks but we are very happy to be getting back to normal. I hope you’ve had an enjoyable Fall so far!

VBF

 

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About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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