Leadership: Our Pillar of the Month
Whenever I put together a collection to encourage leadership, I always include biographies of great leaders. True stories can be even more inspiring than fiction. Plus, they provide that all-important background knowledge that helps your kids across subjects. Here’s why they work so well:
They’re about real people doing very real things. A factual tale of a courageous person overcoming challenges can inspire kids to face their own obstacles with hope and determination. It can even spark a desire to make the world a better place, says Suzanne Litrel, a social studies teacher from Long Island, NY. More than anything, biographies prove that one person can make a difference, and that small steps can lead to big things — great life lessons for little ones.
They make history come alive. A bunch of names and dates won’t keep anyone’s attention long, but learning about history through the lens of a specific person’s life and accomplishments can help kids see how it matters. Key events become real moments that affect the people living through them instead of empty facts.
There’s one for everyone. Got a kid who loves animals? Give her Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell, a stunning picture book bio of Jane Goodall. A budding techie? Try Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal. From accounts of sports superstars to books about presidents and pioneers of change, there are as many types of biographies as there are people! Just hook into your child’s interest to get him going.
Grade 5 will be talking about one of the IAA Pillars – Leadership. We will be having discussions on what a leader is, what he does, and how each one of us can be a leader every day. Digital Citizenship is continuing in the library. Grade 2 will learn about online safety and how to be a good digital citizen. Grade 3 will start their first lesson of the Digital Passport – Evolve, which is about cyberbullying and how to handle it and what to do if it happens. Grade 4 will also be discussing cyberbullying and its dangers with a lesson called ‘The Power of Words’.
The KG Library used the classic children’s book, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. The students listened to the story and connected how Harold’s use of imagination is also leadership. Harold is a leader because he solves problems, thinks quickly and acts bravely. When given their own purple crayons to draw their own adventure, our young leaders went to outer space, Taiwan, the zoo, Disneyland, and Lego Land. Amazingly, most of them wanted to go home! It was a wonderful lesson we hope you can discuss with your children.
Our first MakerSpace will begin in October. Please keep an eye out in this newsletter as well as the PTA WhatsApp groups for registration information.
Finally, a last thank you to all of you who participated in our very successful Summer Reading Programme. Every year, it gets better and better because of you.
Ms. Tania, Ms. Dima and Ms. Kathleen
For the Libraries