I had three awesome school visits in February, and each one was a pleasure. But I’m going to share a few pictures from the last one, which was at Rogers Elementary School in Rogers, Minnesota.
Holly Dragisich, the media specialist and school librarian, organized my three-day visit. The unusual thing was that this visit was planned almost a year in advance, and my books were used throughout the school year last year and this year to help students prepare for my visit. During that time, students made science projects, art projects, writing projects… It was amazing! Here are a few pictures.
Right as I entered the school, I was greeted by a huge mural, created by a parent volunteer, Nicole Spencer Good. In this stunning display, she was able to working elements from so many of my books. She was inspired by the beautiful art created by these picture book illustrators, and it was so fun to see them represented in one place, with all the characters coming together. Can you spot all the different elements from my books?
Not only was the reading love evident, but the entire school had a culture of kindness. It was demonstrated by the students and staff, and it was celebrated with many signs and sayings on the walls. I love seeing kindness being made a focus in schools. Thank you, Holly, Roxanne, Rogers Elementary staff and parents, and all you young readers and writers. You ROCK!
Laura, I love everything about this! What a joy-filled visit! I am doing a workshop with littles for Earth Day and need an activity. I’d like to do the Things to Do poem but will not have time for them to write their own, but we could do one together. I wonder if there is a way to make a fill-in-the blank activity for it? I only have about 20 minutes. Any ideas?
Thanks, Margaret–I just emailed you a handout that has a basic form you might adjust. I do TTDIYA poems in groups all the time. I usually give them a photo prompt and then I choose the first word of the line–always a verb–and ask for volunteers to finish the line. We do a bit of brainstorming first to warm up, too. This will be awesome! Here’s a link also to a ttdiya poem I haven’t shared here: https://laurasalas.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Things-to-Do-if-You-Are-Spring2.pdf
Pamela Harrison says
What an amazing school visit! As a former teacher, I love everything about this. I love the creativity of the children and teachers and the writing activities incorporated into the children’s experience. What fun!
Nicole Good says
I’m so glad you loved the bulletin board/mural.. it was an honor to make it and share it with you 🙂
Liz Steinglass says
Wow! That is so wonderful and amazing. What a fabulous experience for everyone.
Thanks, Liz–it truly was!