We celebrated Family Literacy Day yesterday with some fun Under the Sea family reading. The library, art room, and music room were transformed into watery wonderlands, complete with ripples on the ceiling and the sound of waves. Thank you to those families who were able to join us for reading yesterday!
On Friday we were very lucky to have a visit from author David Smith. Mr. Smith has written the books “If the World Were a Village”, “This Child, Every Child”, and “If… a Mind-bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers.”
David Smith gave a presentation to the whole school telling us a bit about his books, and how he created them. He also explained why it is important to learn about the world, including some very funny mis-translations of slogans. “Finger-licking good” became “Eat Your Fingers Off” when KFC first moved into China. I think all the students had a clearer understanding of population density after a demonstration. Seven students representing China’s population started off sitting on twelve chairs representing China’s area. As chairs were taken away, because some of the land is uninhabitable or no one lives there, the seven students ended sharing two chairs!
For the rest of the day David Smith gave workshops to some of the classes where he talked about the world and his books in more detail. Students got to hear about how people live in other parts of the world, learn about borders and maps, watch a video to visualize the vastness of space, and take a closer look at the global village.
It was a great day, thanks to the PAC for sponsoring this informative day with a world-famous author!
On Tuesday, we had a fabulous celebration of Family Literacy Day. After a quick assembly in the gym with a funny story (Guess Again by Mac Barnett) we headed off to play board games. As I was moving around the school I heard so many great conversations about rules for playing and strategies, turn taking and counting – everyone was engaged! We had several games of chess, variations on Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Pictionary, and some games which were new to me like Sequence and Qwirkle. It was wonderful to have so many parents and younger siblings join us for playing games, it truly made it a Family Literacy Day!
Last week eight divisions participated in the Hour of Code, an initiative to introduce students to computer science and programming. We were part of the over 75 million students who participated around the world!
Computer science and programming is a growing field. As some of you may know, my husband works in web development. He has told me many times how difficult it is to hire programmers. There are more jobs than there are skilled programmers, and the industry keeps growing in British Columbia! If students start coding now, I am sure they will be able to find jobs when they are finished school.
I’d like to say a big thank you to the parents who volunteered on Thursday and Friday. If you would like to do more coding, tutorials can be found at code.org. I completed the Frozen tutorial and earned my certificate!