Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ebooks at MWE

This week students have been learning about 2 sites that provide MW with some wonderful ebooks! Students who were trained came home with instructions on how to access these books on computers, tablets, and phones! Overheard by students looking at ebooks:
"Whoa! This is so cool!"
"Can I stay here and read this some more?"
"Can I read these at home?"
"I love this!  It's so neat!"

Favorite titles were:
from eSebco 
Hunting with Great White Sharks Hunting with Wolves Peculiar Stories Behind Raining Cats and Dogs and Other Idioms

from Capstone: (these books will track the words and read aloud the text, too!)


More to come about our digital titles next week...

Toddler Story Time: Pirates!

We missed "Talk Like A Pirate Day" on September 19th, but we didn't want to miss out on the fun! So, today we did lots of piratey things!

Our Pirate books:
Pirate girl Pirate girl by Cornelia Funke - a girl gets put to work on a pirate ship, but her mom did not like that!

How I became a pirate How I became a Pirate by Melinda Long - we watched the Tumble Books version, which had great narration and animation of the pictures from the book!

A pirate's guide to recess A Pirate's Guide to Recess by James Preller - using our imagination to pretend pirates are playing with us is so much fun!

Our Pirate Songs:
"Jake the Pirate Theme Song" by Disney Junior
"The pirates who don't do anything" by VeggieTales
"The more we get together" by Howcast
"Talk Like a Pirate" by Pirate Band Music 
"Goodbye Song" by Out of the Box

And we played a game to practice being a pirate, too!
Here are the Captain’s commands and what the crew must do immediately if they want to win.
  • Here comes the Captain: The crew must stop what they are doing and stand very still with their hand in a salute position on their forehead.
  • Man overboard: Find a partner and grab onto them.
  • Starboard side: The crew must run to the right side of the ship.
  • Port side: Run to the left side of the ship.
  • Scrub the deck: Drop to the floor and pretend to start scrubbing the deck.
The captain can yell out these commands in any order he chooses and if the captain gives an order before you can finish the first order you must stop what you are doing immediately and follow what he tells you. (from Essential Kids Blog)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Toddler Story Time - Dot Day

International Dot Day

All the "big kids" have been helping me celebrate International Dot Day this week in the library, so I had to let the "little kids" get in on the action! It was a great celebration of creativity and individuality!

The books we read today were:
Lots of dots Lots of dots by Craig Frazier

The dot The dot by Peter Reynolds - the inspiration for Dot Day, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year!

Ten black dots  Ten black dots by Donald Crews

Press here Press here by Herve Tullet - what a fun, inventive, and interactive book!

Songs we sang today:
"There's a little wheel a-turning in my heart" with Miss Nina
OK Go singing "Three Primary Colors" - a Sesame Street segment

For more ways to be creative at home check out Fun Family Crafts and Spoonful blog

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Toddler Story Time: School Days

I am so excited to welcome my "little Eagles" back to Meadow Wood for Toddler Story Time in the library! As everyone came in, we enjoyed a couple of fun Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities. Today the books we read all had to do with learning at school:
Chicka chicka boom boom Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr - read by our new principal Ms. Pamela Redd
Alphabet adventure alphabet adventures by Audrey Wood
Use your magnet letters at home to practice your ABCs and making words!
Z is for Moose Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham (a Texas 2x2 2013-2014 Book)
Pete the cat : rocking in my school shoes Pete the Cat: Rocking in my school shoes by Eric Litwin
For more Pete the Cat fun visit HCKids - Pete the Cat website to listen to songs and download more fun printable activities!

Songs we sang today:
"This is the way we go to school" by Miss Nina 
"The more we get together" by Kids' Songs
"ABC - Choo Choo Soul" by Disney Junior
"Rocking in my school shoes" by Eric Litwin (see top of post)
"Goodbye song" from "Out of the Box"

See you next time!

Library Orientation Videos

Kindergarten Reminders:

First Grade Reminders:

Thanks to Mrs. Tuttosi's for letting me borrow her YouTube video about her Learning Commons!

Second Grade Reminders:

Click on the play buttons below to see what Second Graders learned about using the library.

Third Grade Reminders:

Fourth Grade Reminders:

Fifth Grade Students went on a Scavenger Hunt to discover a few reminders about what they needed to know about the library this year!

All in all we had fun and are so excited to be back in the library and sharing books!