The Joy of Reading

When I left the school building on Monday, I found two friends sitting on the stone wall, reading one of our library books. One of their favorites.

What a joyful way to end the day!

If you have fun and inspiring photos of your child(ren) reading that you’d like to share with the school community, please email them to me. We can post them on this blog, as part of our Reading Festival preparation and excitement!

Happy Reading,



Reading Festival and More

Our ISGR whole-school Reading Festival is happening in week 11.

Soon. Let the countdown begin!

 In this blog post;

  • You will find out the theme of this year’s Reading Festival, and you will get a general overview of what is happening during that week.
  • You will be introduced to the Reading Challenge, which students will be told about during their library lesson in week 8.
  • You will learn about our Book Fair, and how to pre-order amazing Usborne Books from Yvonne.
  • When our next Board Game session is!

This year’s theme for our Reading Festival is “Telling Stories Together”. Our focus is on how we can create stories building on each other’s ideas, working with different perspectives, and sharing our experiences to help each other write stories. Students will have a chance to tell stories through text, illustration, storyboarding, music, and drama. This year, our creative, cultural practitioners and experts who the students will be working with are: Beth Neale (drama), Josue & Alban (world musicians), Justin D’Ath (Australian author), Daniel Špaček (illustrator, animator and time traveller), Hanna Olausson (author/illustrator). We will have after-school activities in the library such as: Making Your Own Book, Storytelling Game, Read-A-Thon, Read Alouds and, of course, our annual Book Fair. More detailed information will be posted on this blog, in the weeks to come.

Now, for the Reading Challenge. Students have asked in the past years to have a school-wide Reading Challenge, in the form of a competition. At ISGR we don’t use any form of extrinsic motivation to encourage certain behaviors. Rather, we invest in cooperative, mutually respectful relationships and nurture the child’s intrinsic motivation and longing to be part of the community (see also Responsive Classroom Practices). This means, our Reading Challenge will be a cooperative and, hopefully, a meaningful experience. If a student completes the Reading Challenge, he/she can choose which book we should buy for the school library, and we will make that happen!

Here is how it works:

1) Draw a group “photo” of the important people in your life (minimum three, maximum eight). Family members, friends, or even teachers! There should be room for a text box/speech balloon for each person in the picture. It can look like this:

Reading Challenge Fleur

2) Talk to each person on your picture, and ask them what their all-time favorite children’s books or stories are. Two books/stories maximum per person. Write down the titles and authors.

3) Read these books. With regard to stories, create a moment where you sit down with that person and have that story told to you. With lots of details and plot surprises!

4) Every time you have finished a book, or have heard a story, you can color that person in. You end up with a completely colored picture.

5) Show the completed picture to Fleur, and share which book you would like the library to add to our collection.

6) With your consent, we would like to showcase all the finished pictures in the library for the next few months. Under each picture, we will write down the name of the student, the class and which book they have requested for in the library.

Students can come to the library after school every Monday in the following weeks, if they’d like to have help with their Reading Challenge. They can use their time drawing, coloring, reading the books or listening to the stories (Mondays: February 18th, February 25th, March 4th, March 11th).

The deadline to hand in your completed Reading Challenge picture is Friday, March 15th.

Our annual ISGR Book Fair will be held on Friday, March 15th from 14.30 – 16.00, in our school library. Mark your calendars! We will have Mia from the local, children’s book store Bokskåpet with Swedish books. Yvonne will be there with Usborne books in English. If you wish to pre-order books, please be sure to read attached letter! Usborne letter to parents ISGR 2019 There will be Meet & Greet with the visiting authors as well. You can purchase their books, and have them signed on the spot!

Our next Board Game session will take place this Friday, February 22nd, from 14.30 – 15.30. I will be leading a game of Settlers of Catan. Students can play chess independently, or any other game they bring and know how to play. Teachers, parents and students are welcome!

Phew, that was a lot for one post! Thanks for taking the time to read it all the way to the end!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions:

Happy Reading,


So Much To Do!

Sport Lov! Sports Break!

A full week to do nothing, or all the things you wanted to do but didn’t have time for. A whole week to take it easy, set your own rhythm and follow your interests and your child(ren)’s inquiries.

Perhaps you’d like to stay home, read your books and have cozy family times. But perhaps you’d like to get out of the house (and into the rain?!), and do something fun and surprising. Gothenburg has so much to offer!

For a complete overview check the HejBarn website (be prepared to be overwhelmed with all the options!). Also, the city library (on top of Avenyn) has something going on almost every day! Check their calendar: you can search for the theme, age group and date you are interested in. They run a story time in English, every month. Check here for dates.

At the public library closest to ISGR, Guldheden Bibliotek, there are several great events happening. Open and free to all. Make sure to ring 031-365 72 45 to see if there are still places left. Two examples:

Workshop Kompisfigurer:  Wednesday, February 13th, 11.00 – 12.30, 6 – 10 years old.

Theatre show Mamma Mu & Kråken: Friday, February 15th, 11.00 – 11.35, from 4 years old.

At the Natural History Museum, there will be a guided tour showing and talking about animals in literature. Your guide will be writer and illustrator Ida Öhnell. It is free (first come, first serve), just check in at the counter when you arrive at the museum. It takes place on Friday, February 17th from 14.00 – 14.30. Hope to see you there!

We hope you have a restful, fun and book-full Sport Lov!

Happy Reading,



Knowledgeable and Communicator

As you may have noticed, in the past few weeks, each week we focus on a different attribute of The IB Learner Profile.

This week, we will focus on being knowledgeable in the library. We will get to know the reason why the Dewey Decimal System was developed and how we use it in the library. Students are not expected to know the classification system by heart, as long as they understand why we categorize it the way we do and know how to read the labels.

Next week, we will focus on being communicators in the library. We will discover different ways of reflecting and talking about the stories we have read. We will recommend each other books to inspire others to try new books and authors.

Happy Reading!



Yellow Box and Board Games

On Monday morning, January 28th, we will have the Yellow Box out from 8.15 until about 9.30. Students (and parents) are welcome to pop up to the library and take a look at the books. If there is anything you like, you can take the withdrawn book home and read it as many times for as long as you want! If you are not able to come tomorrow, don’t worry, we will have another Yellow Box opportunity on Friday, February 8th (from 14.30 – 15.00).

We had a great time playing board games last Friday. We had three games of chess going, and we had a great mix of students playing Tsuro. It was so much fun that we decided to have a monthly board game session! I will lead, and play, Settlers of Catan with whoever wants to join in. Students can also bring their own board games, of course. Everyone is invited, but if you’re child is in K – 2, please be sure to accompany them. You’re welcome to join in the games too!

The dates for the board game afternoons, always on Fridays from 14.30 – 15.30, are the following. Mark your calendars!

February 22nd

March 22nd

April 26th

May 24th

Looking forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (

Enjoy this beautifully snowy day!


Yellow Box

This Friday, after school in the library, we will have the “yellow box” out.

All books that we have withdrawn from the library, for different reasons, are free for the students to take home and keep forever.

We have only just decided we are doing this, so please inform your child(ren) about this – as all students who have classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will miss this information!

Thank you!

See you Friday for the Yellow Box and Board Games!

Community Week read-alouds!

Hello everybody,

Community Week is here so don’t forget that you and your child are welcome to the library for some great book read-alouds from our staff after school. Also, on Friday, we’ll be bringing out the board games to play together.

Just so you know, we’ll  be putting away the Chromebooks for students’ after school use this week so we can all share the stories and games together.

Hope to see you there!