Thursday, September 22, 2011

Taking Care of Our Books @ EES

It’s our fourth week back in session.  The children are thrilled to be back in the Learning Center looking for their favorite books, discovering our new ones, and simply enjoying spending time pouring over their selections.  

Currently we are in the midst of learning about book care.  This is a two week unit that includes the story, MR. WIGGLE’S BOOK by Paula Craig and Carol Thompson, a puppet show entitled “Don’t Monkey Around With Library Books,” and a visit from Dr. Bookster who diagnoses “medical” book symptoms.  Dr. Bookster consults with the students and together they arrive at a diagnosis for each book.  The students see examples of books with chewed corners, scribbles all over, ripped pages, torn off covers, and  wrinkled and/or stuck together pages.  Some of the students are convinced that I, myself, purposely did this to each book so I would have examples for my lesson, but I assure them I would never ever do that.  Each book is a true example of what can and does happen when they fall into the hands (or jaws) of baby brothers or siblings or pets, or seemingly innocent water bottles in backpacks.  

The goal of course, is to have all children learn to be responsible for the books that belong to all of us here at EES.  Ask your child what things they learned about taking good care of books.  You’ll be amazed at how much they know!

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