October is Cybersafety Security Month so here is some good information about staying safe online for both parents and their children. Two excellent sites to visit are the StopThinkConnect resource guide page and the ThinkUKnow website. They both offer a number of great resources to help children navigate the internet and have fun while being a good digital citizen and staying safe online.
Yesterday we had the children and carers from EVAM (Etablissement Vaudois d'Accueil des Migrants) visit our Primary Library for an afternoon of fun activities. Helped along by our student volunteers, the children spent time drawing, using educational apps on the iPads and reading some of the stories from our collection of French books. Thanks to Ms Smith and Ms Foster for their passion and organization of this activity.
Although based in a US school, this article highlights how Design Thinking (and Inquiry based learning) in the classroom can really help students understand what it is like to be in another's shoes. A powerful way to increase perception! Read the article here.
Art week has been happening all over the Primary school this week and the displays are amazing. The Creative Arts play an important part in a child's intellectual and social growth and the Powerpoint below about sketching outlines the reasons why it is good to pick up a pen, pencil or crayon and go for it! Why not try this with your child this week. Thanks to Mrs Dunkerley and Mrs Suarez for sharing this and to Beth Curtin for her beautiful slides. You can check out Beth's website here.
So you thought your librarian just checked books in and out. . . Well think again! We sing too!
I am the Primary Teacher Librarian at the International School of Lausanne in Switzerland. I followed my love of books and became a Teacher Librarian over 12 years ago. I am passionate about reading, literacy and technology and see all three as essential skills for students to navigate both the present and the future. My favourite kinds of books are picture books - I just can't read enough of them! I am also a trained music teacher who plays flute and piano and believes music is the fourth essential skill in helping prepare today's young people for the future.