I can't believe it is the end of June. I have finished reading all the Golden Sower Nominees for this next school year in the Picture book and Chapter Book groups! There are a bunch of great reading choices!
I hope you have picked up a book or two to read this summer. The public library has a ton of great choices and fun summer reading program activities!
Last Friday, Mrs. Kloeckner and I took 40 Bennington elementary students grades 3-6 to the Plum Creek Literacy Festival in Seward, Nebraska. The students took part in Literacy on the Lawn activities as well as heard author and illustrator Loren Long talk about his newest book Otis and the Kittens. We also took part in a Sing-a-long with Emily Arrow, who writes short songs about picture books.
Mrs. Kloeckner and I are hoping to make this a yearly visit to Seward! I also went to the adult conference and met quite a few other authors and illustrators from all around the United States. What an amazing opportunity we can share with our students!
We are off to a great start for the school year! I can't believe we are already into September! This year has already started to fly by. I am so excited for what the year will hold for all my students K-6!
New this year:
Reading Logs will be done online. See previous post about how to sign your student up!
If you ever have any questions please contact me.
This past week students have listened to a story about Lionel the lion who lost his roar but learned to draw. Ask you students about it and how even though they might think something is hard or even boring, it can turn out to be a lot of fun once they finally figure out how to do that activity!
Reader Zone - Reading logs
Each year I have a reading competition between grade levels through the library. This school year instead of paper reading logs, I’ve created a Bennington library account using the app Reader Zone.
Here’s what you as a parent need to do: (I created my account for my 2nd grader in less than 5 minutes.)
This is new so we may have a few kinks to work out as we get started! One I have found from my trial of it this summer is that you can only put in 1 weeks worth of previous minutes (if you forget, like I did a few times). So plan to record minutes from the week. Pick a day and if your kiddo is like mine, they will remind you to put them in. Please email me if you have any questions or trouble getting your student an account to log their minutes.
As I sit in my living room working on updating my website, I'm found wondering where did the summer go? This summer I spent time traveling to Florida, spending time at my parents house (my childhood home), swimming, reading, and enjoying the time with my kids!
In less than a month we will all be back into our school routines. It is so exciting to start a new school year and I am also a little sad that I won't get to sleep in or just hang out all day with my kids.
One thing that I can't wait for is seeing all my students again! I'm eager to see my co-workers again and to work in the library! I've been looking and trying out so many things to share!
Here's to the last few weeks before the start of the school year madness. Enjoy your time and see you all soon!
The end of the year is here. It snuck up on me. How about you? I am now beginning to collect all the library books so that I can begin inventory and closing up the elementary library for the school year. How did that happen?
What was your favorite thing about the school year? I know I can't pick just one thing!
As a school we voted on the Golden Sower Primary nominees a few weeks ago. Students chose between 10 different stories that were read during library time. The school wide winner was: The Day the Crayons Quit.
Announced today were the 2015-2016 Golden Sower winners:
Primary award goes to The Day the Crayons Quit!
Intermediate award goes to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library!
As the end of NeSA testing season, I'm wondering how did we get to the end of April? I realized that I have been not doing a very good job of blogging our happenings in the library. My last post was January...yikes! Sorry everyone.
Today, I head to the NETA conference to learn as much as I can about emerging technologies to share and incorporate into the library. I already have some awesome ideas/projects in the planning stages for next year! I can't wait to see all of my teacher friends from around the state that I talk to on social media to get ideas from!
For now, I hope to finish the year stronger than I have been!