Is it really the end of December?! I feel like I've blinked and part of the school year is already over. The curiosity, thinking, and wondering that has happened in the library so far is truly incredible.
Here is an update on the learning taking place in the library!
Kindergarten and First Grade- The students have been learning about sequencing and cause-effect. They now know how to sort, think, and arrange stories into proper order. We read If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and If You Give A Dog A Donut by Laura Numeroff to practice predicting what comes next in a story. The students did an excellent job of putting the beginning, middle, and end parts into the correct story order.
Students then had a chance to become their own storytellers! Using picture cards as clues, students made up their own story orders and told their own versions to each other.
Second and Third Grade- I have been incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into the students' scheduled library time. They are reading, planning, and building as student-led teams. Some of the teams are following blueprints to build vehicles, robots, and spring boards. Others have been building things from their own imagination. They are having lots of fun along the way! I have noticed an increased inclination to build, fix, and experiment within our learning environment. I see my students taking things apart and seeing how the pieces fit together, making plans and a list of steps before building. They are building, inventing, and creating! The students are mastering early engineering concepts, becoming comfortable with hands-on problem solving, and building communication skills with one another.
I hope everyone has a wonderful break and happy holidays!
Mrs. Keohane is the School Librarian at the P.A. Shaw. She loves hockey, going to the beach, and reading (obviously!)