Where has the time gone?

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My apologies for not posting recently!  Time has just flown by. One of my weeks was cut short due to the first cold of the year, and the next week was due to the annual conference we attended. Here is a summary of what each grade has been doing in library.

Kindergarten:
We are still going over routines and getting used to picking out our books. It is definitely hard to make decisions with so many books to choose from. In November we will be starting stories! I can’t wait.

Grade 1:
We have started to tie in our classroom authors (David Shannon and Todd Parr) with our library keys. All of the students wrote down their class author on the back of their key using 2 colours. We use 2colours because we’re learning about Call Numbers and how the library is organized. In the picture book section we use the author’s last name. Now our students can recognize what letters they need to look for when finding their favourite authors. During the school year we will be adding to the library key as the classes learn about different authors.

Grade 2:

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians reminded us how to pick “good fit books”, and how to place books back on the shelf, in a fun way that mirrors the traditional Goldilocks and the 3 bears story.

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, DON’T! Is such a fun story. The kids loved imagining what would happen if a circus actually did come. It would be terrible! The library is a quiet space!

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole is one of my favourites. These two boys are digging and digging while jewels are all around them. However they just keep missing them by changing direction. The excitement for the kids is hard to contain.

Grade 3:

The Runaway Dinner is a fun adventure where, you guessed it, the dinner runs away! There are so many different characters and adventures the students enjoy just trying to keep up with them all. The biggest piece of the puzzle: Where is Peter the pea? You’ll have to ask your child!

Mother Bruce turned out to be a repeat for them but that is ok. It is fun to hear stories more than once. I read this in anticipation for the latest in the Bruce series. It is currently on its way to our library and I’m eagerly anticipating its arrival!

The Best Bookworm Book is about a brother and sister team who are writing a story together. It turns out they have very different opinions and we were able to discuss the pros and cons of writing with another author.

A Big Surprise for a Little Card is about the land of cards and how each one has a special job. Well the birthday card and the library card got mixed up. After the “birthday card” was trained he finds out that he is actually a library card. Of course then he gets to experience the excitement of the library, which is almost like a birthday party!

Grade 4

On the day I was sick, Mrs. Mung filled in for me and read An Undone Fairy Tale. The reader reads too quickly for the illustrated so many of the pages are unfinished or props are out of place. Every page is hilarious. It is a favourite among our students.

The past 2 classes have been filled with continuing on in The Adventures of Nanny Piggins. I wish I could read this to the students every day! They are all enjoying it a lot. There are a few more in the series that I’m hoping will be on our library shelves very soon. I love finding a new series that the students enjoy.

Grade 5

Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate 9! 7 Ate 9 follows the mystery of the missing 9. It is full of puns and jokes that kept everyone laughing.

A Horse Named Steve is about a Horse who wants to be exceptional. So he attaches a horn on his head to be different from everyone else. But what happens when his horn disappears? He doesn’t feel so special anymore. A story that touches on our similarities and differences.

Next week I will be doing class draws for book fair prizes!! Our book fair is coming up Oct 30th to Nov 3rd. Stay tuned for more information next week.

Until then, happy reading!


Week in Review

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Hello parents!

Another week has flown by. All of our classes were very busy, and with the help of parent volunteers I was able to get new books on the shelves!

Kindergarten – We went over our class routines, and how to take care of books with help from Mr. Wiggle the library bookworm. They know they need clean hands, keep food and drinks away and if they find a tear, to show Ms. Huber. I have special book repair tape. Next week they will all have the opportunity to check out 2 books. Please send a sturdy library bag with your child.

 

Grade 1 – This week was another opportunity to decorate library keys, and then find books. Many students enjoy non-fiction books! They are eager to learn.

Grade 2 – Ms. Chan, Ms. Yen and Miss Hesmert all helped me out with our story, This is My Book! by Mark Pett. I was the narrator and each teacher filled in as the adorable panda named Spike. While a very funny story, it also reminded students that they need to take care of the books they borrow.

 

Grade 3 – The Skunk by Marc Barnett is a story about a man who is continually followed by a Skunk. The wild chase was thoroughly entertaining for our students. You will have to ask them if he ever got caught!

 

 

Grade 4  – This was their first week with library keys, so most of class was spent working on name designs while I read most of the first chapter of The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt. This is a great series about a nanny who is, you guess it, a pig! Next week we will be continuing the book to give the students a better taste. This series is in process of getting new cover designs, so I have not been able to get many more for the library yet. Hopefully soon!

 

Grade 5 – This year I am changing our library keys into library cards. Each key has the student’s barcode on it so they can scan the key instead of me having to look for their name on the list during class time. I’m hoping it leads to a more efficient checkout time. In grade 5, I am allowing them to scan and check out their own books. So this week we practiced scanning their keys and books. This new found independence was very exciting for them. After school we don’t use keys so the regular class binder will still be used.

Happy weekend and happy reading!

Ms. Huber

 

 


First Full Week Complete!

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The library is up and running! Well I suppose up and “walking” would be better since I don’t promote running in the library. It has been great seeing all of the classes come in this week. Before I get into what we all did, we need to back track to Saturday.

Summer Reading Club

Over the summer many of our students participated in the summer reading club at Richmond Public Library. So many in fact that we received the trophy for having the highest percentage of participants out of all of the schools! The summer finale party was on Saturday. Many of our families were able to attend and see the trophy. RPL will be coming to our school in the future to present the trophy to the school. We will keep it for approximately 6 months, and then it will be displayed at the Brighouse branch. What an exciting accomplishment for our students.

Week at a Glance

This week was spent going over library routines, expectations and working on our keys. All of our students know how to speak “Librarian” very well. If you’re not sure what that is, please have your child demonstrate. Our Kindergarten students did a tour of the library and learned where the story (Picture Books) and learning (Non Fiction) books are located. Next week we will be going over routines. They will not be taking out books until Sept 25th.

Our students in grades 1-5 had the opportunity to take home books. The grade 1’s were very excited to learn they could take home 4 books instead of 2.

In grade 4 we read “Be Quiet” by Ryan Higgins. He is a fantastic author and these students were introduced to him last year with “Mother Bruce.” “Be Quiet” is a book about a mouse who wants to create a wordless picture book. Unfortunately his friends will not stop talking. This book had the students laughing the whole time. I can tell it will be hard for me to keep it on the shelf.

Happy Reading!
Ms. Huber

 

 

 


Welcome Back!

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Hello to our RCS community!

Welcome to the new library blog! I will be posting information and updates throughout the year as well as sharing the books I’m reading with the various grades.

Important information for library classes

This year all grades are required to have a library bag in order to take out books during their scheduled class time. Grades 3-5 have library included in their switches schedule. A library bag is very important so that when they switch to another class (French, PE or Music) the books are kept together in the hallway.

Bags will be required starting Monday, September 11.

Library class days:
Kindergarten – Monday
Grade 1 – 1D – Wednesday, 1N & 1C – Friday
Grade 2 – Monday
Grade 3 – Tuesday
Grade 4 – Thursday
Grade 5 – Wednesday

Happy Reading!
Ms. Huber & Mrs. Mung