Memorial Early Childhood Center
The Kindergarten children attend library class once a week. Lesson objectives follow the Massachusetts Frameworks for Informational Literacy Standards.
During the Kindergarten school year, the children are taught how to care for books and use the library; to identify author, illustrator and title page; the difference between fiction and non-fiction (informational text); poetry is it's own genre and what poetry is; the parts of story; to retell story (character, plot, events, problem, solution); what the difference is between fairy tale, folk tale, and fable; to identify various authors through author studies; and the meaning of Caldecott Medal winning books.
Children learn through dramatic play with puppets, reciting poems, flannel board stories, singing and listening to stories. They are provided opportunities to browse through book collections.
In October, the students begin signing out books. To cut down on the number of books lost and/or damaged in previous years, the books will no longer be sent home but kept in the classroom's library box for the week. Each library class, will be an opportunity to sign out a new book that will be kept in their classroom.