January 25

JDAIM Storytime – Kindness

One of February’s designations is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month.  Our focus this week is kindness and ways we can be kind.  We read:

When I Care About Others by Cornelia Maude Spelman and illustrated by Kathy Parkinson


Kind by Axel Scheffler and 38 illustrators!

Class Activity – Make A Class Kindness Jar!

You have two options for a class kindness jar…

Option 1:

Every time a student in your class does something kind, they can put a pom pom in the kindness jar.  Once it’s full, the class gets a prize!




Option 2:

Have students each fill in 3 post-it’s with ideas for a random act of kindness that can be done at school.  Each day upon entering class, students pick one post-it from the jar and need to find a way to fulfill that act of kindness before the end of the school day.  Ideas could include;

  • clean up part of the classroom
  • give someone a compliment
  • play with someone who is alone
  • open a door for someone
  • offer to help your teacher with something
  • pick up trash in the hallway and put it in the garbage
  • listen to someone who is sad or upset
  • make a new friend
January 20

Peculiar Pets Storytime

Today we read;

I Want A Pet by Lauren Child

The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama

Don’t Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Karin Ireland and illustrated by David Catrow

Creative Writing and Drawing Peculiar Pets Activity

Draw a picture of any animal you think would make a peculiar pet (the sky is the limit… this could be a giraffe, a crocodile, a flamingo) and write what you would name it and what kinds of things you imagine you would do with your peculiar pet.  If you would like to share a photo of your work, send them to b.ruel@theojcs.ca and I will post them on this page!


January 13

Pizza Storytime

Today we read 3 pizza-themed books!  In the comments I want to know your favourite pizza toppings!

Pizza Kittens by Charlotte Voake

Hi, Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter and Illustrated by Ponder Goembel

Pete’s A Pizza by William Steig

Activity – Geometry Pizza!

This cool idea comes from Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures.  Cut out the following shapes using different coloured construction paper;

  • circles
  • squares
  • triangles
  • rectangles
  • ovals

Colour the edges of the paper plate brown to look like crust.  Glue your shapes onto your paper plate.  Voila, shape pizza!



January 7

Tu B’Shevat Storytime – Be A Friend to Trees

Hello everyone and happy Tu B’Shevat!  Today we read…

Be A Friend to Trees by Patricia Lauber  and illustrated by Holly Keller

Your Assignment:

Where the video asks you to make a list of things made out of wood, and then things made out of paper and cardboard, PAUSE the video and list the items you discover in the comments of this blog post.  When the story is done, also comment one thing YOU can do to be a friend to trees.

January 7

Tu B’Shevat Storytime – Now I Know Trees

Today we read a beautiful story for Tu B’Shevat.  This one is for our younger students.  It is called;

Now I Know Trees by Sharon Gordon and illustrated by Irene Trivas

Your Activity: Tree Life Cycle Colouring Page

If you have any difficulty viewing or downloading this colouring page, just contact me and I will email you a copy!

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January 7

Duck Storytime

Today we read;

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic

Duck Activity

If you have a rubber duck at home, have fun creating a habitat for it using materials you have available at home.  Get a plastic bin and use it as a base for a fun rubber duck habitat.  Here are some examples using blue playdough and water and slime:

Duck in the Pond Play Dough Activity

These fabulous ideas are from Fantastic Fun and Learning! https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/duck-pond-play-dough-invitation.html

Another version is using water…

Duck Pond Sensory Play - Fantastic Fun & Learning

A version using blue slime…

slime ducks

If you have artificial plants, stones, or little pieces of wood you can really jazz it up!  Make sure you have your parents permission to use the items you gather.

January 3

Self-Esteem Storytime

Today we read;

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, illustrated by David Catrow


I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow

NOTE: These books have the same illustrator and that wasn’t even on purpose!

Extension Activity:

Draw or write about one thing about you that you think makes you special.  Why do you love that about yourself?