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October 2, 2020

After doing 41 online reading sessions last spring, it is great to be back with the students for the library program.  We loved our online reading sessions and hope many of you had the opportunity to join in for several of them.  But being back in the classroom with the students is invigorating.  The last four Tuesdays, I have met with the Prekindergarten through 5 grade students for library.  

Due to safety protocols, we decided it would be best for me to travel with a cart-full of books to the 9 classrooms rather have the students come to the library which is a high-touch area.  We began allowing students to check out a book from the cart, but quickly realized, the process needed to be revised.  So, at this time, students are submitting book requests, and we are fulfilling them.  Books are to stay at school and then after they are read, they are quarantined for sanitization purposes before returning to the library bookshelves. 

The weather was so perfect on Tuesday afternoon, that we held library outside on the south playground patio.  Our remote students were still able to join us for the class.  We begin each class with a growth mindset question such as, "What is the thing today you are most proud of?" or "If you could be a teacher, what kind of teacher would you be?" These questions provide great insight into the minds and hearts of our students.  Below is a sampling of what we have read together in the first four weeks of library:

“Here We Are” by Oliver Jeffers  followed by various Eric Carle books, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See”?  “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “Ten Rubber Ducks” plus Eric Carle letters & numbers, “Otis and the Scarecrow” by Lauren Long

Kindergarten & 1st Grade:
“Here We Are” by Oliver Jeffers as well as “Pink-A- Licious”, “Chicks & Salsa”, “Otis and the Scarecrow” – as we introduce the concept of book genres, starting with fiction.  We are discussing what makes a book fiction.

2nd Grade:
“Here We Are” by Oliver Jeffers.  We have been reading from the novel “Pax” and this week information from the New York Times kids newspaper about a recent and interesting development in the search for Kansas’ Amelia Earhart 

3rd Grade:
“Here We Are” by Oliver Jeffers was our first book.  The 3rd graders had been discussing forming a Book Club – so we did!  Our first book selection is “Fudg-a-mania” by Judy Blume.  This week we also read from the New York Times kids newspaper about Amelia Earhart.

4th & 5th Grade:
Last year when school was moved online, we were just beginning our quarter-long focus on non-fiction.  So we picked up from where we left off, and we have been reading a non-fiction article – the most read New Yorker article of all time entitled “City of Water: Can an intricate and antiquated maze of tunnels continue to sustain New York?”  This week we did pause our reading of this article to read the Amelia Earhart search information and the article about the young man who pursued his choreography dream and it lead him to choreography what would become Beyonce’s largest hit “All The Single Ladies” with the most-iconic choreography.  The young man has since choreographed for Beyonce’s world tour as well as a litany of other artists.