November in the library was one celebration of reading after another. It was so nice to talk books with so many of you during the book fair. I was fortunate to present about books for Opening Windows to Our World with the other District 27 librarians at the annual Association of Illinois School Librarian Educators conference.
Author Carolyn Crimi got our students thinking about finding story ideas everywhere including the calendar and many took that to heart and started writing when they got home. We composed wonderful thank you notes to her. In honor of Carolyn Crimi’s visit, we had Lucky Reader prize books to give to a few students in each class. We encouraged family reading that led to some wonderful photos we are enjoying of past, present, and future Hickory Point students reading together.
Second graders enjoyed historical fiction while kindergarten and first graders began a folklore unit. We were also busy with fiction and nonfiction activities. First graders are learning about library organization (everyone readers, picture books, nonfiction, and biographies). Second graders have begun learning about call numbers through Cynthia Rylant books. Both grades drew maps of the library to help make these connections.
First graders are thrilled to start checking out pop-ups, PlayAways, and VOX books. Kindergarteners have enjoyed nursery rhyme activities and songs and hearing Monarch books.
Kindergarten Tech (photos)
Kindergarten students spent time in Wixie drawing Thanksgiving turkeys, characters from their favorite Carolyn Crime book, and learned abcya.com numbers and letter games. They also started typing their names in text boxes in Wixie and a beginning keyboarding game.
I hope that see the joy of the students in the photos of the library, author visit, and computers.