October: A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams (click to listen!)
Acclaimed author/illustrator Vera Williams tells of a young girl, who along with her waitress mother, saves coins in a big jar in hopes that they can someday buy a big, new, comfortable chair for their apartment, the kind of chair her mother deserves after being on her feet all day in the Blue Tile Diner. Into the jar also goes the money Grandma saves whenever she gets a bargain at the market.
There hasn't been a comfortable place to sit in the apartment since a fire in their previous apartment burned everything to "charcoal and ashes." Friends and neighbors brought furniture to their new apartment downstairs, but no one brought anything big or soft or comfortable. Finally, the jar is full, the coins are rolled, and in the book's crowning moment mother, daughter, and Grandma search four different furniture stores, and after carefully trying several chairs, like Goldilocks, they find the chair they've been dreaming of at last.
Vera Williams enhances this heartwarming story about the values of saving and working together towards a common goal, with her own pleasant, folk-art inspired paintings. Each illustration is bordered with natty patterning, foreshadowing the family's eventual acquisition of their new, magnificent chair.
Learning is fostered best in communities where students' and teachers' ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust. Learning groups are small in EL Education schools, with a caring adult looking after the progress and acting as an advocate for each child. Older students mentor younger ones, and students feel physically and emotionally safe.
We are not Spectators. We are members of a TEAM.
Roberto Clemente School No. 8 is a school where we enjoy the
adventure of learning and promote the highest levels of achievement for all.
We respect the school, the people in it and the work we create.
We recognize that as a TEAM we are stronger together than we are apart.
Roberto Clemente School 8 strives to provide every student and adult the skills and resources necessary to become active, self-motivated, and lifelong learners.
In doing so, we hope to create a culture of inquiry in which learning is cherished and continuous.
In order to accomplish our goals, we will commit to the following:
EL Education is built on ten design principles that reflect the educational values and beliefs of Outward Bound. These principles also reflect the design's connection to other related thinking about teaching, learning, and the culture of schools.
September—The Primacy of Self-Discovery
“I am here to discover what I can do.”
October—Empathy and Caring
“I care for others; others care for me.”
November—Success and Failure
“Success is sweet, but mistakes are good food.”
December—Service and Compassion
“We do excellent things for others.”
January—Solitude and Reflection
“I need time to be with myself.”
February—Diversity and Inclusion
“Our differences make us stronger.”
March—Collaboration and Competition
“We work together as friends; I compete with myself.”
April—The Responsibility for Learning
“I am responsible for my learning, and I help others learn.”
May— The Natural World
“Nature is our teacher.”
June—The Having of Wonderful Ideas
“I have wonderful ideas.”