Since schools transitioned to virtual learning during the pandemic, the RedRover Readers program has been able to reach students from all over the world. Last month we received a request to virtually visit a French/English classroom in New Brunswick, Canada. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Ms. Roussel’s class read Oh, Theodore! Guinea Pig Poems, a book of engaging poems about the friendship between a boy and his guinea pig. Because Ms. Roussel’s classroom is composed of both English and French speakers, some of the students translated certain words for each other – including for their teacher! Once the story was over, students wrote their own acrostic poems – a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word – about their own pets or one they were familiar with. See below for some of their creative examples:

We were inspired by the peer-to-peer learning naturally unfolding before use. Everyone, from the presenter to the student to the teacher, was learning something new that day – whether it was about poetry, animal care, or a new word they’ve never heard before. 

The RedRover Readers program is excited to continue virtual readings and learning with classrooms around the world.

Learn more about our curriculum and the benefits of teaching children empathy through stories.