With the new school year just around the corner, it’s a good time to highlight some of our favourite books to ease back-to-school jitters. Reading about and discussing a character’s nervousness or anxiety can help ease a child’s worries during this new and exciting time.
Back To School Tortoise by Lucy M. George It’s time to go back to school. But Tortoise is worried. What if he falls down? What if he doesn’t like lunch? What if the kids are mean to him? The perfect back-to-school book about being brave, with a surprise at the end! Continue reading
MakerSpaces can be a great catalyst for the growth of social-emotional learning. Facilitating a maker culture can give students a venue for the development of the tools they need to recognize, understand and manage emotions and to make the responsible decisions that are critical to being a successful learner. These life long skills must be clearly articulated and deliberately discussed so that they become an intrinsic foundation for the emotional health of the student.
There are many excellent social emotional learning titles that can be used to encourage SEL development. However, a few of these also blend very well with a Maker mentality and build on some important tenants of social and emotional well being.
Take a Chance and Take Pride in Beautiful You
If I Never Forever Endeavor by Holly Meade. Take a chance, dare yourself, trust yourself, try it…and you can fly. (2011) Continue reading
As Mother’s Day approaches it’s a good time to celebrate all of the families and caregivers in our school community. Family love comes in lots of different shapes and sizes and it is important to honour all of the supportive people that nurture and care for our children.
The Georges Vanier Learning Commons has a great selection of titles featuring diverse families. The newest addition to our collection, “Stella Brings the Family” by Miriam B. Schiffer celebrates the parents, extended family, friends and neighbours that support one little girl. ‘It is about love, acceptance and the true meaning of family’
Here are some other favourite books that celebrate diversity amongst families in our school and community…
Here are a few of the many great books we have in the Vanier LC that help us learn how to protect the Earth. Some are newly arrived and some are old favourites. Click below for featured titles.
Check out these wonderful books that have a powerful message and beautiful illustrations. All of these great titles are available through the Vanier Library Collection.
1. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. Jeremy learns that the things he has, including the chance to help a friend, are worth more than the things he wants. Video: ‘Those Shoes’ Read Aloud
If you are a fan of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, then why not try some of these other great series available in the Vanier Learning Commons. Click below to check out some other great titles. Find them in the Humour section.
These books are a blast! Here are a few ‘explosive’ titles from the Vanier LC. Click below and check out the Young Adult and the Adventure sections for some more great reads.
Check out these Young Adult and Intermediate Steampunk Novels available in the Vanier Learning Commons… Continue reading
Today in the Vanier LC we shared Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and completed a quick yet important project, easily completed in a 40 minute Grade 2 class.
Celebrate 100 days of learning in intermediate and primary classes with these great Vanier titles…