Many people enjoy watching and playing sports. Exercise is important for everyone's health, teamwork carries over into cooperative work and relationships, and the discipline and perseverance necessary to athletic success are character traits that can promote success in other areas of life. One other thing about sports that interests me is the influence famous athletes can have on the culture.
This week I am giving a lot of attention to a picture book focused on a very inspiring person: Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a disabled cyclist who rode across Ghana to challenge people's stereotypes and assumptions about disability. He was and is an inspiration to countless individuals; further, he has successfully advocated for legal protection for the disabled against discrimination in his home country.
In a couple of weeks, on June 1, we are having assemblies with the children's librarians from the Manhattan Beach public library. The topic is the public library's summer reading programs, and grades TK, K, 1, 2, and 3 will be going to the assemblies. Then, after school, the librarians will be available in the Pennekamp library if you or your students would like to come by and meet them, ask any questions, get book recommendations, learn about e-books at the public library--anything you'd like to know!
The district's summer reading lists are now online for grades 1 & 2, grade 3, and grades 4 & 5. All the elementary library media specialists (including myself) create the lists as suggestions of books that your students might enjoy over the summer. They are OPTIONAL and not part of the curriculum. Anything your son or daughter wants to read over the summer is fine with me :-)