Wrestling with a fundamental question
Welcome back! We had a wonderful holiday season, albeit a bit quieter than normal, and January was a month of rest around here -- unless we watched the unfolding of political news. The Boss returned to teaching in the middle of last month and I wrestled with a few questions about blogging.
Preparing for 2021 Stories Matter has been quite interesting as I worked through some basic questions:
Ultimately, the fundamental question I wrestled to the mat is what do I think is important about books -- or even one book -- to share with parents and teachers?
To the mat to get the answers
Providing quality reviews requires consistent and timely access to books. Checking books out from the library is a reasonable approach to managing expenses, but just released titles may not yet be available at the library. So the conundrum is how to get the books without always purchasing them -- which can be accomplished by developing a two- or three-month planning cycle.
Contemplating planning cycles leads to the question of themes. Sticking with traditional themes such as "Black History Month" would make the planning easier -- but if you know me, you know choosing the easier route is not really how I approach problem-solving. Parents and teachers have access to loads of resources for well-known monthly themes, so what else would be relevant and useful?
A question which runs parallel to the question of what is important about books -- turns out January was a mentally challenging month for me - not as restful as I led you to believe. Nevertheless, I wrestled both questions to the mat repeatedly to create a plan for the year which I am excited to share with you!
The world around our children
The overarching paradigm for the 2021 Stories Matter is grounded in the world around our children. This is quite a broad concept, but allows for some interesting monthly themes. I'll review some parenting books, take a look at how nature and various art forms enrich our children's lives and provide direction for using a book or a monthly theme during family read aloud time, as a classroom resource and as part of a learning at home focus.
Here's the roadmap for the next three months:
Here's to a wonderful year exploring the world around our children!
May you find it relevant and useful,
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