One of the great joys of my job is sharing the love of stories with the younger students within our school. Eagerly, students from Preschool through to Year 4 arrive to hear, and more excitedly, share and participate in stories. As such, it is not uncommon for the iCentre staff to notice rather bare looking tubs from the K-2 Premier’s reading Challenge picture book section.
However further to this, I have been so excited to see how the students in Years 2, 3 and 4 have embraced our library time activities. For the majority of this term, Year 3 have been creating their own picture books using Storybird, a fantastic online resource that allows the students to create professional looking story books. Some of the story lines so far have been very impressive, with no shortage of humour coming through.
With Year 4, we have just begun having conversations about how we can create interesting stories, also using Storybird. I am looking forward to delving into this next term with these amazingly imaginative students.
In Year 2, the students have been invited to write and submit short book reports about one of the books that they borrowed that week. It was very exciting to receive the next batch this morning. As a purely optional exercise, I was very encouraged with the willingness of the students to share from their reading experience. Regardless of whether the student writes a lot or a little, I am confident that this will become a highly rewarding experience for those who choose to get involved. The children are free to express their thoughts with words and or pictures in these reports, making the activity accessible to all.
Every group of students who come in to the iCentre each week are a joy. Each of us in the iCentre love to see how enthusiastically all of the students engage and enjoy the beauty of literature.
Teacher Librarian/iCentre Manager