Here's the library schedule for this school year, including technology humanities. Mrs. Rohde is here FULL TIME this year!
Thursday morning from 9-10 AM is when Coaster, the TheraPAWS dog is available for students to read to him. You can download the permission slip. Here's more about the benefits of reading to animals.
Library and Humanities
Students have two different kinds of classes in the library:
There are three sets of technology guidelines students are expected to follow:
The I-PICK Strategy of Choosing Books
Students pick books for many reasons, but they often default to familiar covers and characters. Here's a way to guide them to make more thoughtful choices.
The Five-Finger Rule (for more advanced readers)
While reading the first page of a book, count the words you don't know on your fingers. If there are five or more, the book is too hard for you to read on your own. You can still check it out! Just plan to read that book with a grown-up, or come back to it later.
Read more about the Five-Finger Rule here.
Just Right Books Are Books You Like
In the library, kids don't have to read a book simply because it's at their level. Does the book look interesting? Does your child want to know more about the topic? Some children may want to take a risk and try something new, and some may read the same books all the time. That's okay!
Reading is Thinking
While you read, ask yourself questions. Do you understand what's going on? Can you make predictions about what might happen next? If you're having trouble, even if you can read the words, this book may be too difficult.
Read more about how parents can help with comprehension here.
Take a look at our What To Read page for ideas, or ask me! I'm always happy to give you or your child a special consultation.
When is the Library Open?
Parents and students are welcome to drop in any time during school hours. I can almost always make time to help students during a class. Students may also schedule daytime visits with their classroom teacher.
How Many Books Can We Check Out?
Parents have no limit on the number of books they may check out.
Kindergarteners may check out one book at a time for the first half of the year. We begin with picture books and later explore the rest of the library, a little at a time. By the end of the year, kindergarteners may use the entire library.
First and second grade students begin the year checking out one book at a time. Once students have shown responsibility for returning one book on time, they may take them home and check out more. If they forget their books, they may still take one book, but if they forget again the following week, they must bring all their books back before they get more. If you prefer to limit your child's checkout to one or two books, or if you would rather they keep their books at school, just let me know.
Students will be asked to try books from all over the library, but most of the time they will be given the freedom to choose books they prefer. Students who are developing readers are often asked to choose one "just right" book, while the rest of their choices may be "just because" books.
When Are Books Due?
All books are due back each week on a student's library day. If a student forgets one or more books, they may still check out one book that week. If a student forgets books for a second week, they may not check out more books until those books are returned.
May We Check Books Out Again?
Yes! Students may renew books as many times as they need, as long as no one else wants that book. To renew a book, bring it back on your library day, or call or email Mrs. Rohde. Books may not be renewed from home without a call or email.
Can We Save A Book?
Yes! You may put a book on hold at the checkout desk, or by emailing Mrs. Rohde. If the book is available in the library, you may keep it on the hold shelf for one week. If the book is currently checked out, the computer can hold the book for you when it is returned. Mrs. Rohde will bring it to your classroom or leave it on the hold shelf for you to pick up. Books will be held at the desk for one week.
Lost or Damaged Books
If your book is more than one month overdue, you will receive a notice via email (or on paper in your student's backpack, if you do not have email). In May, you will be sent a bill for any books that have not been returned. If you wish to pay for books before May, call or email Mrs. Rohde. If you return a book you have paid for, you will get your money back as long as the library has not replaced the book.
The district expects all lost or damaged materials to be replaced. If you cannot afford to pay for the book, or if you have a question, call or email Mrs. Rohde or the Bryant office.
One of the concepts we emphasize in library is respect for property. You can encourage your child to take care of his or her library books by: