Megan Recommends – “Night Catch” by Brenda Ehrmantraut
It tells the story of a soldier being away and takes him half-way around the world, he enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son. Night Catch is a timeless story that connects families while they are apart and offers comfort during the deployment or absence and for when they return. It is an excellent book to read before and during a deployment.
One activity I did at a school was to read it to the older students (grade 7 and 8’s) and then their job was to get into small groups and take turns reading it aloud, create an activity that they could do with a class and then present it to younger classes. One group of students went to the Kindergarten classes in the area and then extended the experience by taking them outside to play catch. Each student had a partner and the older students were able to mentor the younger ones. It was a relationship that developed throughout the year. The next time the grade 7 and 8 students visited they went to the computer lab to help the younger students scan self portraits and write letters to their parents.
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