Hello everyone! It’s me again, Lashon Bonaventure, GENYOUth Now student ambassador and Fuel Up to PLay 60 ambassador . These past two weeks have been busy. I say that because my partner, Laynie, and I have been going into classes teaching teachers and children how to be active and do exercises each day. The idea is to get them to do it each day three times a day. We handed out special activity cards that show different poses. We read the poses out loud and modeled for all the kids so they would know. We suggested that children transition three times a day for at least 5 minutes each time. This way they automatically get 15 minutes of extra activity a day. Combine that with the recess outside and we should have 60 minutes of play a day. I hope everything goes smoothly. Some of the exercises are eagle tree pose, jumping jacks/ squats and things like that. Also Thanksgiving is coming up. So after that major holiday, it’s going to be hard to burn that eating off. 🙂 so, let’s make it a practice to be active now so that we make it a habit. 🍖
The P.S. 54 learning community was so fortunate to have best selling Scholastic author, Steve Metzger, visit the school library. Children were enthralled with his slideshows and loved listening to the author read aloud his stories. Some children came prepared with their questions on index cards. Other children asked things off the top of their head like if he “prewrites” and what “inspires” him. It was wonderful to listen to the children interact with Steve as they related their own work as authors to what he does. Having Steve in was an awesome experience. He was patient, insightful and motivational. Students were excited that they were able to purchase autographed books and got to take pictures with him. They recognized his books from the book fairs and the classroom. Steve was so gracious. He took pictures with all the classes and gave a lasting memory the children will look back on as scholars.
NYC Library Services always does an amazing job in organizing their bi-annual Exploratorium. This year school library media specialists gathered to meet and attend PD in Citifield in Queens. The atmosphere was collegial, stimulating and engaging. Numerous and widely varied sessions were available for all to select from. James Patterson was the keynote speaker. He emphasized that students can master ELA Exams, Common Core Learning Standards and anything else thrown into their path only reading, reading, reading. And interestingly, James Patterson stressed that educators need to remind parents of their most important job of reading to and with their offspring. Jerry Spinelli spoke and also recounted his days of writing and facing rejection after rejection, but never gave up. I was fortunate to get a signed book.