KES’ Book of the Month began in October with “We’re All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio. The book follows Auggie, a boy who feels ordinary but does not look ordinary, who discovers that each of us have characteristics that make us unique.
Each month, fifth-grade Student Leaders visit the younger classes to introduce the new book and deliver a classroom copy. Teachers read the book aloud to their students and choose from discussion prompts and suggested follow-up activities provided by the Character Education Committee. The book is explored in Good Morning KES, at the school’s monthly Sharing Assembly, and on bulletin boards throughout the school. The ultimate hope is that families extend the conversation at home, too.
In a few days, Student Leaders will deliver Jon Muth’s book, “Zen Shorts,” to KES classrooms. February is sure to be peaceful and calm as everyone learns ancient Zen parables from the main character; a giant panda named Stillwater.