We wish everyone a happy and healthy return to school!
The first day back after winter break can be like the first day of school all over again. Some students will be tired, nervous, and some enthusiastic to share their winter tales. How do you get everyone back into a school routine after a long winter break? Here are a few ideas:
How do you decide what’s logical in a picture book world filled with talking animals and vehicles made out of fruit? Below, Art Director Danielle Carnito shares some snippets of hilarious art and details some of the wackiest questions that arose during the creation of Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Craftiest Christmas Ever by Chris Monroe!
Check out these fun reading activities and book suggestions to keep students joyfully reading over winter break. A gift to students and their parents!
1.Winter Reading Bingo!
Winter break is the perfect time to cozy up with a book. Create a winter-reading bingo card or have students create their own. On the back of the card have students write what books warmed them up and what books gave them a chill.
Books make the best gifts, but finding the perfect book for the reader on your list isn’t always easy! We’ve compiled our picks for readers of all kinds, including books to satisfy the teen who devours graphic novels, picture books for elementary-aged animal lovers, novels for action and adventure fans, and more! Check out our recommendations below highlighting new releases and old favorites you might have missed.
Each week we explore inclusive books and lessons that align with specific competencies using the CASEL Five. Last week we explored books and lessons that focus on SELF-AWARENESS. This week we look at books and activities that highlight: SOCIAL-AWARENESS–the ability to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts. This includes the capacities to feel compassion for others, understand broader historical and social norms for behavior in different settings, and recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.