It was so, so good to see all of our wonderful ISGR PYP students again in the library! They’re enthousiasm (and focus!) was inspiring. We’ve practiced entering the library safely, quietly and quickly. It is important we do that so we can all be safe, and make the most of our library time together. And we certainly did! The First Grade students also learned how to scan their own book.
LGRP students will start visiting the library from next week on. It was a bit of a puzzle to fit everyone in, but we managed and are very happy about that! Sophie, our librarian, will be supporting the LGRP classes on Monday, and during their Wednesday and Thursday time slots.
To get an idea of what our “Quiet Reading Time” looks and sounds like, take a moment to look at these videos. Some “Quiet Reading Times” start or end with shared reading, which is a fine beginning (or ending). We do make sure though, that all students get at least 10 minutes of sustained silent reading per library lesson.
Next week, we will focus on how to respond to the chime. When students hear the chime, students are expected to “stop, look and listen”. It is a way of getting their attention when everyone is spread throughout the library and busy finding, scanning or reading their books. We will play a fun game with it too: Where’s Wally?! It is one thing to respond to the chime when we are in a practice (interactive modeling) situation, but it is another thing when we are very focused on something fun (like finding Wally!). It is important to have a signal like the chime, so students know when to listen for instructions in a calm and predictable way.
Next week, on Tuesday September 25th, we will have our first ISGR Library Club event. Students are welcome to come to the library after school (14.30 – 15.00) to choose a book from the “Yellow Box”. Books in the Yellow Box are withdrawn books from our library. They can be withdrawn for different reasons: we have too many copies, we have replaced them with updated versions, the spine is broken, etc. They’re free, and still fun to read! To avoid crowded spaces, we ask that parents do not join their child to look for books.
We have already two volunteers signed up for this term! One volunteer for Wednesday afternoons, and one for Fridays. Thank you Jayne and Patty! If you’d like to volunteer with us, please contact Sophie or Fleur. You can learn more about volunteering in the library if you click on the “Volunteer!” tab on this library blog. Sophie would appreciate a volunteer for Mondays, as there will be many students visiting the library to switch out their books (and Fleur doesn’t work on Mondays). Thank you in advance!
We are looking forward to a great second week. You will hear more from us during the Open House event on Wednesday, September 2nd. And of course, you can expect another blog post before that time!
Sophie & Fleur