University School was pleased to host author Amy Krouse Rosenthal last week.
We'd been looking forward to it ALL YEAR. The first week of the year, we had "Yes Day in the Library," based on one of Amy's hilarious picture books.
In mid-December, the older classes watched her TED Talk on saving the world, a yellow post-its with the words Please Beckon Lovely began to appear around the school.
During Valentines week, younger students considered the idea of kindness, inspired by the book Plant a Kiss.
In March it became all-Amy-all-the-time at University School.
We had fun in the library interacting with books. We made idioms, inspired by Spoon and Chopsticks, played with equations after reading This Plus That and made Wumbers-inspired sentences.
After reading Duck! Rabbit!, first graders read factual books about ducks and rabbits and used a graphic organizer to compare the two. This led into a simple inquiry in which they read information about two animals and did some comparison writing based on their research.
Older students had an Amy Krouse Rosenthal film festival, viewing and discussing Kindness Thought Bubble, Life is a Marathon, Two Truths and a Library, and The Money Tree. See all her films at www.whoisamy.com The students provided a huge list of Amy-inspired adjectives, which Ms. D'Eliso turned into a gift to the author, using a website called Tagxedo. See their lovely words:
But this curriculum did not stop in the library. Classrooms were exploring Amy's books. Ms. Schroeder's first graders made their own Yes Day book.
Art began to fill the halls, thanks to Mrs. Newsom, who used The OK Book and Exclamation Mark as springboards.
In music, some of Mrs. Olivo's students composed melodies based on Amy's books. See their lovely efforts on Mrs. Olivo's blog.
When the author came, the students greeted her like an old friend. Because, by then, she was.
Ms. Rosenthal's excellent presentation enthralled and inspired our students.
Thanks to Ms. McClaine and the Foundation of Monroe County Schools for helping us to bring Amy Krouse Rosenthal to our school. Thanks to all the teachers who made the visit such a fine time. Thanks to Ms. Cerwinske's sixth grade, who created an inviting chalk walkway. Thanks to Ms. Holler and to Brian Stojak for all the details, details, details!
And thanks, finally, to Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who inspired it all.