Many of our students have read the phenomenal book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, February 2012: Wonder is a rare gem of a novel--beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart. August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who likes Star Wars and Xbox, ordinary except for his jarring facial anomalies. Homeschooled all his life, August heads to public school for fifth grade and he is not the only one changed by the experience--something we learn about first-hand through the narratives of those who orbit his world. August’s internal dialogue and interactions with students and family ring true, and though remarkably courageous he comes across as a sweet, funny boy who wants the same things others want: friendship, understanding, and the freedom to be himself. “It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” From The Little Prince and R.J. Palacio’s remarkable novel, Wonder.--Seira Wilson
The book is now a movie that many of our students have also enjoyed. The author, R.J. Palacio made a picture book companion to the chapter book and all classes listened to it in library class last week.
The books and movie have started a new movement called Choose Kind, something we all agreed is something we need these days in the world. So we all made a post-it note with a way or two to be kind, from small, easy kind acts here at school, to big, community and world acts of kindness. Check out our #CHOOSEKIND ideas.
3rd graders putting up their Kind post-its
One of our 5th graders had the perfect shirt on: