Week 1: technically a short week, as students began on Thursday. However, with meetings, prep and planning to be done, it felt like possibly the longest, busiest, tiring-est (that’s a word now) week of the year.
But oh, was it a good one. Let’s get to what happened in our library!
First, we reviewed these two signs. Our school expectations (sign 1) ask students to Do Their Best…and in the library, it means “Act Like You’re In a Library”. Students brainstormed with partners what this looked/sounded like, and I created a master list of examples that were shared across each class. These signs are posted around the library and reviewed each week.
No Kindergarten classes came in this week, as teachers individually met with families and students to prepare them for the upcoming year. This was a standard across WA state. I can’t wait to see them next week!
Goal: To connect to the students and begin building our community. Story: the brilliant School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson.
To show students who I am, I shared some pictures of my life outside of school…because I am not just a librarian, but also a mom, wife, traveler, reader, sports fan, and more. Photos sharing these aspects of my life were shared, and students made inferences on who I was. At the end of the lesson, students were invited to share with our school who they were in word form AND in photo form. All were given a sheet, briefly explaining the 1st grade library program, and including a bit about building our community by sharing our families. These will be displayed by Back to School Night.
See above lesson. The 2nd grade is working on earning 3 books to check-out each week…and based on how they’re using their shelf markers, they’ll earn the privilege soon!
We even had our first Rainy Day Recess in the library and opened during lunch recesses for students to come in and read.
Overall, it was a great week with lots of independence. Looking forward to week 2 – library orientation, folklore, and the first 5th grade Lunch & Listen!