Three-Minute Video About Engaging Thoughtfully with Stories, Students, and the World
by Traci Swain
“It is so important during these times that we take the time to process social-emotional well-being with our children, especially through stories. This book is a great perspective on the importance of mindfulness and peace.” —Vera Ahiyya
Like many teachers these days, Vera Ahiyya—a kindergarten teacher from Brooklyn Arbor Elementary in Brooklyn, New York—has an irregular teaching schedule! She spends two days in school with her students, one day teaching remotely, and then two more days teaching in person at school.
Fortunately, she finds that Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth is the perfect read-aloud for engaging her students...no matter where they are!
In particular, Vera loves leaning into the three thought-provoking parables in Zen Shorts by encouraging her students to create their own retelling of one of the parables using stuffed animals, crafts, acting, song, and, in some cases, their siblings!
Watch Vera’s teacher review video for this Scholastic Book Clubs Book of the Week and get some tips on how you can use Zen Shorts to:
• Introduce the concept of Zen
• Consider different perspectives and explore character development
• Engage with art and students’ creativity with activities they can do in class and at home
How do you plan to use Zen Shorts with your students? We’d love to hear from you! Please share with readers and other Scholastic Book Clubs teachers on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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