Beginners (ages 2-4)
The Beginners class visits the Media Center weekly for 30 minutes, reinforcing the idea that reading is special and familiarizing them with coming to the library. Story time is the focus of media lessons at this age level. Where possible, the books chosen tie into the cultural study currently going on in the classroom. Lessons are focused on listening skills, manners in the library, illustrations, and verbal interaction about the story being read. Fiction and nonfiction materials are used along with felt boards, puppets, art and song to foster a love of reading. The main goal at this level is supporting language development and a beginning understanding of the structure and sequence of reading.
Preschool and Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 3-6)
The Preschool and Preschool /Kindergarten classes have Library / Media class weekly for 30 minutes. Story times in the Media Center or classroom are filled with rhymes, songs and discussions which help foster both vocabulary development and a love of reading, and continue to build on the skills taught at the Beginners level. In addition, Preschool and Preschool/Kindergarten children learn how to care for a book, the parts of a book, authors and illustrators, and story sequencing. The children are introduced to the concept of fiction and nonfiction, and the idea that people read for many different purpos- es.. Where possible, books are chosen tie into the cultural study currently going on in the classroom. Students usually have time to choose a book on their own to explore, which they often bring to the Media Specialist to read.
Lower Elementary (ages 6 – 9)
Media classes are held each week for 30 minutes. Reading and literature appreciation lessons are interspersed with lessons on library and research skills. Students are taught about the various sections of the library, how to navigate the library, and the computer skills required to find the books they want. They learn the parts of a book, explore types of fiction and nonfiction, and learn and practice different reading strategies. Lessons may also include games, hands-on activities and scavenger hunts to reinforce the teaching and address different learning modalities. Book talks and book fairs are held at various times during the year to encourage our students to become avid readers. Students may also check out books for personal reading or research.
Upper Elementary (ages 9-12)
Upper Elementary students visit the Media Center once weekly for 60 minutes. In addition to encouraging a love of reading, the goal of lessons at this level is to help students develop into thoughtful and discerning readers and information consumers. Reading and literature appreciation lessons are interspersed with lessons on library and research skills. Topics covered include locating books in the library (including the Dewey Decimal system), genres of fiction and nonfiction, conducting research, using various resources both online and in print, and evaluating those resources. Using the “Big 6” research steps, the students become more independent and problem solve their queries. Internet safety and information reliability is studied and discussed. Citation of sources is also introduced. Students actively participate through scavenger hunts, center activities, shelving, Internet activities and games. Book talks and book fairs are an important part of the media curriculum throughout the year. Students may check out books during media hours all week.
Although the Middle School students do not have a regularly scheduled Library / Media class, skills including Internet safety, reliability, validating sources, and citing sources properly are integrated into the curriculum, building on topics taught in the earlier grades. The Media Specialist and Middle School Language Arts teacher regularly consult regarding the curriculum, and the Media Specialist is available during media center hours to assist students and teachers in locating materials and conducting research. Lively discussions are encouraged, focusing on netiquette, novels read, research techniques, bias found in media and technological advancements. Students are allowed to check out books during media hours all week.