Help for Kinder librarian?

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  1. puff5655

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    Aug 17, 2013

    Hi there.

    I'm the K teacher and we have library 30 minutes 1X/week.

    Our librarian is new with minimal training/experience and last year just read a story to the kids, and they took out books, and that's it. So our library time was really more like 10 minutes or less.

    I know she's lacking ideas. Anyone have suggestions on a book with some simple "storytime" ideas that would be easy to throw together? Like crafts or activities that go with popular books?

    Appreciate it!

    Sarah
     
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  3. mkbren88

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    Shouldn't that be her job to research and find ideas to go with the books she's choosing to read? I'm assuming she isn't a certified teacher if she has minimal training/experience. I wouldn't be providing her with lesson plans for her class.. I would only suggest how you would possibly structure the library time (ie. story, activity, checkout).
     
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    Wow. I don't know why I come to this forum. It is never helpful. I live in a small rural community and the librarian gets paid as much as any other aide, so no, they don't have any experience and aren't provided with training above how to check in/out books on the system. It's actually a parent without an educational background who has no idea what activities would be good for what age group.
     
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    I'm not sure if there's a library budget, but there are tons of felt board story materials and felt boards at discount school supply to add a little more interest to story time and have students practice story retelling. Jan Brett has a good website with masks for characters that can be used for the kids to color and being back the next week for acting it out. Books by Eric Carle also have a lot of really good resources online. Encourage her to check out blogs like
    http://librarycenters.blogspot.com/?m=1 and http://elementarylibrarian.com/
     
  6. Aliceacc

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    Soo out of my element here... not even sure what happens in Kindergarten library.

    But I googled "library crafts for Kindergarteners" or something similar.

    Here's the lesson plan from a school district.. I bet this is a HUGE help for her: http://www.powell.k12.ky.us/olc/page.aspx?id=9892&s=1037

    Technically, this one is preschool, but I bet there's something she can use:
    http://www.trueaimeducation.com/2013/04/12-preschool-activity-ideas-and-moms-library-40.html

    I found a page on pinterest: http://pinterest.com/mamadsen/library-ideas-art-crafts-for-kids/ ... is there anything there she could use?

    And here's a list of some resources, not sure of the pricing: http://www.alastore.ala.org/library-activities.aspx
     
  7. MissScrimmage

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    That sounds like our library time - a story and then sign out books. I know schools with 'teacher librarians' have a more in depth library session. This honestly sounds like something your principal should address.
     
  8. Tasha

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    Our librarian usually has a library topic, a story that may or may not be related, and the kids browse and look at books. A big topic for a while is how to choose a book and out it back on the shelf (we have these plastic things that save their place while they look at a book to decide). Right now they talk about how the picture books are arranged by the author's last name, how to look through a book to decide if they want to read it, and parts of a book - cover, spine, title page, author, illustrator, etc....
     
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    Puff, are you in the library with your kinders or is this a prep period for you? (library is 40 minutes for all grades in my building...classroom teachers have a prep period while students are in library, but we have a library media specialist). If its not a prep,I'm wondering who is responsible for the state and district library media standards being met? As suggested above, kinders could and should be learning book handling skills, how to select a book, become familiar with different authors, learn the difference between fiction and nonfiction. If the 'librarian' isn't doing this, you could use the library time to teach these and other literacy skills if you are in the library with your kiddos. I wouldn't necessarily be doing crafts in the library, but if there is a SmartBoard or other technology available in the library, there are free online stories kids could log onto after checking out books. Our school has a subscription to Tumblebooks. Brainpopjr also has a free video each week you could check out.
     
  10. miamibeet

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    The library job is extremely dificult. The librarian has to know multiple subjects across multiple grades and perfectly apply all of that with library objectives. I can only imagine if the "librarian" has no formal training as a teacher first.

    Anyway, like someone said earlier having storytime, activity and then checkout would lengthen the time. The activity could be worksheets, arts and crafts, computer time, sing alongs, story recall, puppet show, decorate the cookie or dance alongs.
     

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