2014 – 2015 Week 4

And, here we are! Week 4 already!

Self-checkout was the focus for my mini-lessons with 2nd – 5th grade during their checkout time this week. Last year, I made a short video (with one of our teacher’s kids as the “star”) on how to use the self-checkout. I showed that video to the classes as they came to the library. Easy!

I spent some time meeting with grade levels this week to share a little goodie bag I made for them (chocolates, updated password bookmark for our state databases, and some other goodies from Oriental Trading), as well as some information I wanted to make sure they knew. Soon, I’ll make my rounds again so that we can start scheduling collaborative lessons. It’s about that time!

I kicked off my Dot Day celebrations with Kindergarten by reading Press Here by Tulle. I LOVE sharing this book with my kinders. They think it is MAGIC. They read The Dot in art class this week, so I wanted to share some other dot-inspired books with them. After reading Press Here, they colored a dot (printed from the ColAR Mix webpage) for our fun NEXT week. Can’t wait to see what they do when their dots come to life!

My school does something we call LEAD Time. Just about every grown up in the school helps in some way by leading a LEAD Time (you could also think of them as “clubs”). Students pick what they want to do (baking, camping, fashion, crafts, etc.) and they go to their chosen LEAD Time for one hour on our early release days. My LEAD Time this year is MAKER TIME. I’m incorporating a lot of the stuff I learned from being a part of Maker Corps this summer. For this meeting (we will meet with this group 4 times and then get a new group of kids), we focused on cardboard. The Global Cardboard Challenge is a little under a month away and that was our inspiration. I do my LEAD Time with our Computer Lab/Computer Programming teacher and we showed our group the Caine’s Arcade video and had a discussion with them about what “making” is. Then we let them loose! We had out craft supplies, glue, tape, cardboard…they had a lot of fun – and, so did we!

I sent out my September newsletter this week.

I’m getting ready for a couple of upcoming events…I met with a librarian from the public library to talk about International Games Day in November and with a group of librarians in my district to talk about Star Wars READS Day. So much fun in our future!

How was your week?

VBF

 

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About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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