Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Spread Some Smiles For Miles With Buncee!

It is the perfect time of year to bring special projects and activities to your students that promote kindness, love, and giving within your library, classroom and community.
I couldn't be more excited to share a wonderful new project from Michael Drezek with you! 

It is called Miles of Smiles or #BunceeBuddiesMilesOfSmiles.  

As the Miles of Smiles Buncee Board states,

Have a Buncee that is sure to make someone smile?  Add it to this board!  We will be sharing these with folks away from home for the holidays serving in the military, in retirement communities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, etc...  Let's use our creativity and imagination to bring smiles for smiles.  
It is amazing to see all of the Buncee's on the Miles of Smiles Buncee Board.  I spent at least a hour reading and interacting with almost every Buncee on the board. 

I can tell you that I felt happier with each click.  Just think how others would feel who were alone, scared, sick or homesick.  This Buncee Board would truly make a difference. 

Today, please share this with your students and start creating.  You will make a difference my adding your #BunceeBuddiesMilesOfSmiles too.  

Books and Resources To Inspire Kindness

Over Thanksgiving break, my family went to the movie Wonder.  Not only was this one of our favorite books to read aloud at home and in the library, it is now one of our all-time favorite movies too.  

Afterwards it inspired conversations between us about acceptance, differences and of course, always being kind to others.  
We are also thankfully seeing this theme more and more within our school communities, libraries and classrooms.  Kindness is taught throughout meaningful lessons, songs, books, arts and crafts, and more.  

Today I would love to share a few ideas for bringing kindness to your space and work too.  

Tonight at 8:00pm CST we can join teacher librarians Shawna Ford and Michelle Cooper for #txlchat as they talk about encouraging our students to give back this holiday season in the Kindness Counts conversation here on Twitter. 

You just follow and use #txlchat to be part of the conversation.  
Last month, we celebrated World Kindness Day on November 13. 
For this special event, I brought together lots of wonderful resources, lessons, posters, crafts, stories and songs into the World Kindness Day Collection by Destiny.  These resources can be used to embed and teach kindness within your school and community all year long. 
I love Books That Inspire Us To Be Better and you will find all of these shown above on this....
Titlewave List.  You can also search books like Wonder and with themes of kindness within Destiny. 
There are also helpful resources included in the National Bullying Prevention Awareness Resources Collection
I love tying in kindness to art and craft activities and these are perfect for the library and classroom....even at home with families too.  If you take a look on Pinterest, you will find so many.  

Here is one list of Kindness Arts and Crafts that I found on Pinterest. 

With all of these resources and even more, you will bring kindness to your students too.  I can't think of anything more important this holiday season and throughout the year.  

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sign Up For The Classroom Research Station Giveaway (Including PebbleGo) From We Are Teachers!

 I have something very special to share from We Are Teachers and sponsored by Capstone. 
It is the Classroom Research Station Giveaway and is perfect for our young researchers and explorers. 
Five educators will win all of the PebbleGo databases, nonfiction books from Capstone, stacking stools for your new research station and a bin full of supplies.  How awesome is that!  

All you have to do is go here to enter.  

Good luck, friends.  Your students and school community would definitely love having PebbleGo.  It brings so much learning, research and exploration of our youngest learners.