Ample proof points to the importance of reading aloud with children (Exhibit A). This year a dedicated group of high school students began assisting Mrs. Swiger with afternoon readalouds. Quickly nicknamed the K Crew (I sometimes call us the Charge of the Lit Brigade -- poetry joke), these teenagers and I exit MJSHS every day after lunch and go to the elementary gym and library where the five kindergarten classes are split into five groups. We read lively stories with these growing readers. So far, Pete the Cat, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, and Exclamation Mark have been well received. Click the links for info and activities for these titles. We aim to share enthusiasm for books and reading that will continue as these youngsters develop personally and academically. Do you know a Madison kindergartener? Ask them to tell you about the book(s) Mrs. Swiger, Ms. Fultz, Mr. Chupka, Mr. Clark, Mr. Hawthorn, Mr. Myles, Mr. Osterday and/or Ms. Wilson read with them and what they like about or learned from the story.
Elaine Fultz, SLMS/mls
I love being a school librarian. My profession is a perfect blend of encouraging curiosity and learning with both educators and students.