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So many happenings have been transpiring in the library that it has been difficult keeping up with the blog. Children have been clamoring the door to get into makerspace at lunch. It is amazing that this is so popular. We started with small sessions testing everything out and as a collaboration with Ms. Martin, a 2nd grade teacher. Then a second lunch period opened up where children have access to recycled material that they are able to do whatever they can imagine with. It never fails to amaze me how creative scholars can be.

A few weeks ago, the library was so fortunate to have had children’s author, Robin Newman in. Children had purchased her book, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, and had a ton of questions to ask. Robin spoke about her writing process, what inspires her and how children can get started with their own stories. Author visits are great ways to connect the curriculum. They give meaning to literacy as children can make text to self connections with their own lives as students, and practice what good readers and good writers do.

In conjunction with a unit study on Japan and also an IB 3rd grade unit on the significance and role of water worldwide, scholars have been researching various pathfinders. For last week’s library session, children were able to weave miniature water baskets similar to what farmers used to saturate the rice fields in traditional Japan. It is so refreshing to see children utterly absorbed in mastering and finishing this project. Hands on learning is truly the best way to solidify learning connections.

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