Hi guys, sorry to have been so quiet, recently. 2020 has shaken us all up, and blogging kind of fell to the bottom on my list of priorities. Things are going well, though.
In March, when COVID made its loud, obnoxious entry into the United States, we moved to virtual learning. For me that meant that I was conducting all of my story times through YouTube videos. That was a lot of fun, but I missed seeing the kids’ reactions to the books I was reading. The hard part about it all was that I was not able to physically put books into my students’ hands, which is one of my favorite parts of my job. Around April, I started getting emails from a few students asking for books and I was able to deliver to their homes.
Summer came, and since ALA ‘s annual conference was not happening in Chicago, (thanks, COVID) we did all of our Notable Children’s Recordings discussion through Zoom. It was different, but that’s the way the world works right now and I feel like we got some good discussion in.
Summer was over before you could blink, and Saint James made the decision to return to in-person school, with the option of virtual learning. Things look a lot different this year. All of the kids and adults in the building are wearing masks. Several of the kids are Zooming into the classrooms from home. I start most days outside taking student temperatures. It is kind of nice seeing them all first thing in the morning, being able to offer a smile (although, behind a mask ) and a word of encouragement first thing in the morning. I am starting to look forward to it every day.
I am traveling to the classrooms right now, and we are having the story time in there, then I bring the class to the library to check out books.
Let me tell you guys, it feels so good being able to take them to a book that I think they will love, and seeing their eyes light up. I have missed that part of my job so much, and I don’t think I will ever take it for granted again.
This year is going to look like no other school year, ever, and it is going to be unpredictable and at times, chaotic, but we are going to teach them, and I’m going to give them the best books, hoping to inspire them to become lifelong readers, just like every other year.
To close things out, here’s a book I read today that is AMAZING!