Every class room, and every home, needs a library. Even if it's small and even if the books change because you borrow them. But kids need books (so do grownups, but that's another post) and they need to learn the parts of the books, how they work, and how to use and love them.
It really is a non-negotiable. It's a significant part of learning, and no, the smart phones, and the computers haven't replaced that need. And finding a favorite book to hear again and again and again and again, until you have it memorized and can "read it". That's an amazing part of learning too.
Do you remember one of your first favorite books?
I do. I had many books I enjoyed, but one in particular was "The Monster At The End Of This Book" with Grover, who tries desperately to get you to STOP turning the pages! I loved it and I still do.
In fact I made sure that my kids had the book, and my grands too. And you know that every time I read that book to them, magic happened. Because when you love a book, you just read it differently. And that, those moments, that passes a spark on to the next person. It may not be their very favorite, but that spark, it takes hold in them, and helps them to find their favorites too.
Books also make excellent gifts year round. If you are interested in supporting my school, and buying books for your kids, here is a win-win. When you shop this link https://orders.scholastic.com/Y77BN
It automatically credits our class code of Y77BN, and helps us get more free books for the classroom library.
Safe and happy travels!
Libraries are a fundamental hub for learning and connecting in communities. And often we hear about how great they are for supporting families and children, from birth through adulthood.
From story times, to book clubs, summer reading programs, as well as other learning opportunities for everyone in the family. And of course they are a great resource for parents to access books for their kids, and about kids too.
But one of the things that is often overlooked is the value that the children's section librarian can bring to your classroom, or daycare. Yeah, to your business, even if it's a private for profit entity.
Librarians can help assist you with books on so many topics including how to create learning centers, or holiday art, or great first books to read. They know things like there is a series of books, and they cover these topics. And they know where they are in the library!
A librarian can be an incredible resource and partner for you, and can make a lot of great suggestions too. You show up with a question "we are studying pigs, manners, and mud - help?". And they will smile, maybe even laugh and say have you considered __________? And just like that, you have a start!
Sometimes too, they may lead you to things you didn't know you could check out. An example could be puppets, or flannel board characters. And they may even have extra resource ideas and activities, where you can grab a sheet, and then create that as a lesson in your classroom. It's even possible they may have bookmarks, and that you can have one for every student in your classroom - all for free.
I get it, we can find a lot on the internet now. But hands on is wonderful, and a "guide" in the form of a librarian can be the gift of support you didn't even know you needed. Have you been to the library lately? Maybe it's time you stopped in.
Safe and happy travels!
I'm not sure that people understand the key role that libraries play in early education, and education in general. In fact this is a crisis of covid that really never got any attention. Libraries very often are the only early education that children in their community get.
It could be story time, or a craft project, or even a summer reading program. But it's also a resource of free books for children to be able to learn about the bigger world around them. Another way that they choose to intentionally invest in early education, is in creating programs for the parents. In fact libraries are in a unique position to help parents learn how to help their child to develop literacy skills.
And we know that when a child learns from an early age that reading is an essential part of life (not just learning), they develop habits early on to continue reading. Remember kids are learning how to read, up and through the third grade, and then they are reading to learn. A library plays a key role in showing children how to access resources, from an early age.
The child that asks the librarian if there are any books on dinosaurs, or how to paint, or whatever else they are currently interested in; and then sees that YES, there is even more than they knew available to look at, and see, and read (or have read to them), to learn. That magic of inspiration is something that they can take forward through life, even into being an adult learner that is still accessing information in ways that make sense, using the latest technology and resources available.
They also very often serve as a refuge for the homeless, and can give kids a sense of normalcy, and hope, and learning by being a safe haven.
Libraries are a cornerstone of communities; and they are also a cornerstone of education, and early education too.
Safe and happy travels!
Have you checked out Over The Bay Pre-K yet? It's a virtual Pre-K Classroom and it's affordable too!
There are SIX main categories on this blog:
Pre-K / Preschool
Stuff About Me
I work in Early Education, specifically Pre-K and if you need a Preschool, please come check out our Virtual Program, Over The Bay Pre-K. LINK
We know from many studies that the foundational years of learning, and learning to learn are Preschool through the end of Third Grade. And that by the fourth grade, kids that are behind in reading skills, at least half of the curriculum is incomprehensible to them. From the fourth grade forward, kids are reading to learn and if they don't have that reading skill in place, they are falling further and further behind. And I am going to talk a LOT about what that means, and how we help kids get that foundational learning in place.
Literacy skills are about more than reading a word, or sounding it out. It also means being able to "sort it out" know the context, know what it means. For example if I tell you to "put the line over the vowels" and you have no idea what over is, or a vowel, how can you achieve the "simple task".
Homelessness is a wide and deep issue, and ever expanding here in the states, sad but true. And while there are many categories here I focus on the kids, and specifically those preschool through third grade, that are also homeless.
Libraries, these are key points in communities that provide so much more than books to read. And if you know me at all, you know how I love libraries.
And that brings us to the "stuff about me" that's pretty obvious I think. My site, my name, my work, my stuff - it just comes with the territory.
There's a SECRET Seventh Category that will be coming too - and it's all about giving back, and how YOU can help give back too. But shhh that's still very, very behind the scenes.
With my books, tea, and high hopes - until next time!
We know the key to success starts way before school, and Pre-K to the end of Third Grade is the significant foundation for learning success.
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