• What a joy to read to 5 and 6 year old children!
     Our kindergarten students start the school year learning about the library and behavioral expectations.  They also learn how to turn pages of a book from the upper right hand corner, not from the bottom of the page with their thumb.  Students are introduced throughout the year to the Washington Children's Choice Picture Books (WCCPB) for the year as well as many other favorites. I focus on literacy skills recommended by the American Association of School Librarians and the Common Core State Standards.   After our short work time together each student will choose a book to check out.  These books are kept in the kindergarten class room to share per request of the kindergarten teachers.   If you would like to come in before school and check out books, you as a parent can get an account with us. 
    The School District pays for World Book Online for us to use at school and for you to use at home.  It is multi-leveled encyclopedia.  The Early World of Learning would be great for kindergartners.   You can access it quickly through the school district website- Student Resources or through the Library Catalog Home page via this library website.  You must have a password to access it from home.  Please email me for the code. 
     
    September - December
    What a delightful group of students this year!  We focused at first on how to sit and listen to a story, how to raise our hands to ask or answer a question, to know the difference between a question and a "telling".   Finding our way around the Everbody section of the library,  the animal, science and military books,  and learning the call numbers and what they mean is a continual discussion.    I have shared 10 of the 20 WCCPBooks  http://http://http://childrenschoiceaward.wikispaces.com/home so far this year.   Discussed with each title was 4-6 new vocabulary words.  I have been working with the students to be precise when they are describing something.  For example, " the thing that drives people places" is not as precise as " a car that people use when they don't have a car and you have to pay the driver to be driven somewhere" when explaining a TAXI.    
    The Common Core Standards for Literature that we have focused on are  under Key Ideas and Details of the story.  For kindergarten these skills are demonstrated with a lot of support and prompting.   This includes asking and answering questions, retelling the story, and identifying the character, setting and major events in a story.   It is a lot for a 15-20 minute lesson and then time to choose a book.  It is so much fun to help the students find just the book they are wanting.   We have supports for that also.  This year's WCCPB and last years posters are up and labeled with the call number.   Individual rings with previous years labeled favorites as also available.   My assistant, Mrs. Myers and I keep a seasonal or themed table fully stocked with books.  Another two displays with boy and girl themed books and many other fiction and non-fiction are set up so that students can see the front cover.   Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.