PreK students see Mrs. Porier twice each week for library lessons. PreK lessons use a "push-in" model where we bring the library up to the classroom! This developmentally appropriate practice allows the PreK students to enjoy library lessons in the space that is best suited to their physical and emotional needs. PreK students learn about a range of PreK themes such as: colors and shapes, the alphabet, numbers, seasons, animals, and more! Students explore topics through stories, songs, movement, puppets, felt boards, and hands-on activities and crafts! Some of our favorite PreK stories are: Rosie Goes to Preschool; Knuffle Bunny; Bark, George!; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and many more!
Kindergarten students visit the library each week for a library lesson. We read a wide range of fiction and nonfiction titles, and learn about the difference between these two types of books. When we read fiction we are thinking about imagination. When reading nonfiction, we are thinking about information. We are learning some sign language to help us remember these words as well. Kindergartners can expect to read, sing, act out stories and choose a book each time they visit the library.
Kindergarten students also have collaborative lessons with Mrs. Porier and their classroom teacher in the library, their classroom, or outside! Many of our collaborative classes connect to the Kinderwoods program and integrate the new Next Generation Science Standards. Our collaborative classes take place about once each month.
First Grade News:
First graders are on their way to becoming more independent users of the library. They will learn more about how the library is organized and which types of books are found in which sections of the library. We will share stories from different areas of the library, tour these areas, and learn a song to help us remember where different types of books can be found. Students can make the best book choices for themselves when they are aware of how the library is organized. A reminder that student choice is the best motivator for developing a love of reading. Rereading old favorites is a great way to build fluency. If a book is too challenging for a child to read on their own, they may enjoy looking at the pictures or having it read to them. Even after children are reading on their own, keep reading to them. A great deal of learning takes place when a child is read to, not to mention the many benefits of spending that cozy time together!
First grade students will also participate in collaborative lessons throughout the year taught by Mrs. Porier along with the classroom teacher. Students will explore families and traditions, hone their writing skills by adding their own words to wordless books, and engage in research as well.
Second Grade News:
MYB Second graders are ready to take off as critical readers and researchers. They will explore award-winning literature by participating in a mock-Caldecott contest, and will also read and vote for their favorite Nutmeg nominee. The MYB library has a limited number of copies of each Nutmeg title. More can be found at the Wallingford Public Library. Students are encouraged to read (on their own or with a grown-up) as many of these titles they can before the April vote. Students in second grade will also become more proficient at locating books on the library shelves by learning about call numbers. These skills will help students as they begin their journey as lifelong library users.
Second grade students also take part in collaborative lessons with Mrs. Porier and their classroom teachers. We engage in a study of trees to complement an organisms unit that is part of the science curriculum. We will use nonfiction books to learn about trees, as well as take several walks on our school grounds to identify and observe the trees around us. We will also explore poetry writing and its many forms. Students will read engaging poetry, as well as write and share their own poetry.