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Volume 3 Issue 04
February 14, 2005


The Library

WELCOME! to Education World's Early Childhood Newsletter. Every other week, I'll share some ideas on a familiar teaching theme. Hopefully you will find a new activity idea or two -- or a new twist on one of your old favorites! Since I know you are very busy, I'll be short and sweet -- like most of activities I suggest.

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Shelves and shelves of books! The library is an “exploratorium”-- a place to explore facts, feelings, and fun found on the pages of books! Whether your students regularly visit a public library, a school library, or a classroom library, they are beginning to understand the value and enjoyment of books. With your help and encouragement, they will also develop a lifelong love of books and of reading. We hope our suggestions for sharing books with your children will spark their interest and encourage their imaginations. Happy Reading!

Just a reminder: Each year on March 2 (Dr. Seuss’s birthday), schools everywhere celebrate Read Across America Day. To learn more about this special day, see an Education World article, Special Reading Fun for Read Across America Day.

Susan LaBella
Editor, Early Childhood Education Newsletter


Remember that the library offers more than books. Invite a children’s librarian to talk about children’s books, invite a storyteller to visit your class and share his or her talents and knowledge, or invite a special member of the community to read his or her favorite book.

Change the books in your classroom library regularly. Try placing strips of different colored tape on bookbindings to organize books by theme or season.

Coordinate your book or reading center with the theme you are teaching. If your unit is Bears, your reading center could be called the “Reading Den.” Students could settle in with a few pillows and a book. Be sure to have plenty of teddy bears in the den for children “to read to.”

Try these hands-on activities after sharing books with children.

-- Read a book about COLORS, and set up a simple experiment. Using muffin tins, fill half the cups with primary colors of food coloring and water. Fill the remaining cups with just water. Invite children to use plastic eyedroppers to mix and discover secondary colors.

-- Read a book about FEELINGS, and create or collect a variety of feeling picture cards. Encourage children to identify each feeling and to sort the cards into different feeling groups: scared, happy, lonely, excited.

-- Read a book about TRANSPORTATION, and invite a trucker to bring a “big rig” to school for children to tour.

-- Read a book about FOOD, and help children create food collages by cutting out pictures from magazines and newspaper ads.


Check out the following Web sites for more background and activities.

Reading Fun
A broad collection of articles and ideas to help teachers bring reading to life.

Lessons from the Library
You’ll find activities organized by grade level as well as additional library Web sites to visit

Helping Your Child Use the Library
The U.S. Department of Education offers some helpful tips on inviting even very young children to learn about and use the library.

StoryPlace Pre-school Library
Visit this site for activities, online stories, and suggested reading lists -- all organized by theme.

Association for Library Services to Children
Recommended Resources and Web Sites on Children’s Literature and Reading
Find links to online children’s libraries, booklists, great web sites for kids, and a host of other resources.