FOCUS ON LIBRARY
|Checkout time is on Monday Afternoons|
The LS Library is one of my favorite places to be, not only because I love children’s literature, but because of how much energy the students bring to exploring books, asking questions and generating new ideas every day!
In addition to other free-time options throughout the week, Sky/River class has its own special time each Monday afternoon to check out books and read in one of the cozy spots in the library. Each week the students spend time getting better acquainted with the geography of the library and the self-checkout system, which helps build confidence in their ability to search for and check out books independently. The students have access to the online catalog, but we find at this stage, browsing shelves can be a more efficient way to discover the next great read!
Recently, the most popular non-fiction sections in River/Sky Class have been animals, sports, gaming, and geology. This month we also focused on “wordless” picture books that include beautiful illustrations and invite the reader to become the author. Wordless picture books are great for any reader’s imagination, but especially for students who might benefit from a non-traditional way to interact with a book. Our next steps are to encourage trying on transitional chapter books for size, such as The Princess in Black, Mercy Watson and A To Z Mysteries.