Week of February 22, 2021 | TK-3 | CYRM Picture Books Begin!
The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson | Nominee 1 of 5
There will be times when we feel as if we don't fit in, and that can feel uncomfortable. When we reach out and take that first step to get to know someone else, that tiny but mighty brave spark of confidence can lead to inclusion and real friendship. Finding the courage to share your story can connect you to others.
Video The Day You Begin presented by author Jacqueline Woodson.
Making Deeper Connections Note the images of rulers in the story and discuss the way we measure ourselves and others. Interestingly, RULER is an acronym for the five skills of emotional intelligence found on resilienteducator.com:
- Recognizing emotions in oneself and others
- Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions
- Labeling emotions with a nuanced vocabulary
- Expressing emotions in accordance with cultural norms and social context
- Regulating emotions with helpful strategies
Week of February 22, 2021 | Grades 4/5
CYRM Picture Books for Older Readers Begin!
Step Right Up, by Donna Janell Bowman | Nominee 1 of 3
A biography of William "Doc" Key (1833-1909), a former slave and self-trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Beautiful Jim Key (1889-1912), to read, write, and do math, and who helped teach the world to treat animals kindly. A movie of this incredible story is currently in development with actor Morgan Freeman slated to portray William Key.
Video Step Right Up presented by NSD Library Videos.
Video Illustrator Daniel Minter demonstrates his woodblock technique and explains why he never shows the horse with a bit in his mouth or a saddle on his body.
Take the Pledge Choose kindness and respect the needs and feelings of others.
Making Deeper Connections Publisher's teaching guide.