Friday, September 30, 2011
The Wonder Table
One goal of educators is to help and encourage lifelong learning. I know I am essentially a curious person and love to see and learn all sorts of things. We all know that children are born curious about the world around them.
This year the library will have "The Wonder Table" which I hope our students (and teachers - Ms. Miceli!) will enjoy. It will feature something - maybe from the natural world, maybe not - that students may look at and gently touch. The first week will simply be the display; the second week will have the name of the object and a few facts. I introduced it this week (see photo above) and next week we'll find out what it is. Note: some students (and Ms. Miceli!) already knew - that's fine. This isn't a contest or a competition to get the correct answer, but simply a chance to enjoy something we don't always get to experience.
I've wanted to do this for awhile and it all came together when Mrs. Poore managed to get some nice round tables from CHS and have them brought to our school. One table came to the Library and provides a good center for this space. What a great place for The Wonder Table!
The photo features two students from Ms. Miceli's 4th graders who were Friday afternoon Library Helpers. In addition to making deliveries, shutting down computers, and stacking chairs, they got the job of posing for this picture. Thanks, Andrew and Ryan!