Jolly Memorial Media Center
"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."— J. K. Rowling
Pre-K and Kindergarten are doing great and settling into the library routine. We begin each class with a read-a-loud and then are assisted in checking out library books by our buddies in middle school. Your child should be able to tell you about proper book care such as how big a book should be when placing it in the library return or putting it on top of the box. The difference might not make sense at first, but after discussing book bindings and spine strength, the children are great judges of which books go down the chute! We are also learning that it is okay if a book suffers a minor tear or rip. They are to inform me of the issue and we work to resolve it as a team. I am amazed at their maturity in helping me maintain our beautiful collection of books. I hope your young learner is bringing his/her books home and sharing them with you. Please take the time to read to your child 10-15 minutes each night. It is a great bonding time and helps to develop early literacy skills that will last a lifetime.
First grade just began their first chapter book read-a-loud of this school year. We are reading Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald. Children can typically understand vocabulary in a book that is two grade levels above their own reading level. If you are reading books to your child at home, try choosing one they may not be able to read independently, but can comprehend what you are reading to build vocabulary skills. This book is a level 3.0 according to the website www.arbookfind.com If you ever need to check out a reading level, this website will give you reading and interest levels.
Second grade is reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. I thoroughly enjoy reading this story aloud to any class. It is full of family fun and humor. Being a part of a family has its challenges, but it also has benefits. As we laugh along at the relationship between Peter and his brother, Fudge, we will discuss the dynamics of being in a family.
Third grade is reading a book from the series Sisters Grimm called The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley. The first two readings were fairly typical as the author built the background and gave us some knowledge about the two main characters Sabrina and Daphne. As I was reading, there was only mild interest until the lightning bugs turned out to be anything other than lightning bugs! Pixies will bite and leave bloody streaks running down your face and any exposed piece of skin and make you itch like crazy the next morning. The children began sitting at the edge of their seats and shrieked at me when I had to put the book down for the day. There is always next week.
In fourth grade we are reading Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now by Lauren Child. This story is perfect for teaching about changes. Life is full of change. It’s how we handle the change that makes us the person we become. Clarice doesn’t like change and is constantly worried about the changes happening in her life. Her older sister leaves the water running too long one night and as they are readying for dinner time, the entire ceiling caves in on their kitchen. Clarice’s mother is anything but calm and the changes begin taking place immediately. It’s a good thing Clarice has her Ruby Redfort guide book to help her get through it all.
Fifth grade is still reading Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce. Amazon reviews this book by saying: Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North, Nicholas St. North—a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have given way to terrors of epic proportions! North must decide whether to seek his fortune…or save the village. Ask your child to recap some of the story to you and see how they view the introduction of North’s character into Big Root. Ask them also what they think of the djinni created by North and what Pitch might possibly have planned.
Sixth, seventh and eighth grades are helping the younger students with book selection and check out this year. They are doing a fantastic job. Students who have exams to study for are encouraged to complete their own work first. They are also able to work on computer assignments given by Mrs. Cooper during this time. All students are encouraged to have work when they come to the library. We want to make use of all available instruction time.