“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”
– Robert Frost
Poetry is Slammin’ at P.S. 32
You may be excited about the approaching NCAA basketball tournament, but at P.S. 32 we have our own March Madness. For 15 days we will be immersed in reading, listening to, discussing, and sharing poetry as our 2nd Annual March Poetry Madness tournament has begun.
Sixteen poems have been selected to represent 16 classes (we combined the Pre-K classes to form one team and did the same with Kindergarten).
Each morning two poems are read over the PA to the entire school (students arriving late will miss the readings) and the students discuss each poem and vote to decide on the poem that advances to the next round.
The tournament will cover 15 days and end on March 20th. The poems, brackets and results are posted outside of our library. I also put together a VoiceThread where each of the poems are recorded and shown there. Also, each has its own slide where staff and the students can post comments (to post, you need to access the main VoiceThread site for our school at http://ps32.org/voicethread). Please take part in the posting and read the poems with your children. I will have the students posting from the library. You and your child can even create your own. Here is a guide to the creating a VoiceThread tutorial: Creating a VoiceThread
Final Round Bracket
The winning poem was Hey Dog by Jacqueline Woodson representing class 5-1.
The Poems (each poem is linked to the poets website or an additional resource):
To find out more about each poet and all of your favorite authors and books, go to TeachingBooks.net (We have a subscription, but I am not allowed to post the password. I had sent it home with all students. If you do not have it please contact me at email@example.com.)
Have you ever walked into a Starbucks, sorry, I meant to say a Barnes and Noble, intent on looking to browse the section titled, “Uninteresting Reads” or “Books that Will Make You Think of Reading as a Chore”? What about the public library? Is there a new Dewey category, “Negative Zeroes”, with subjects in this section that range from “Demotivating Reading Enthusiasm” to “Inhibiting Self Discovery and Personal Interests”? Perhaps upon your child’s arrival home from school, he/she has greeted you enthusiastically with, “Look at this horrible book I borrowed!” Hopefully this will never be the case.
At times some parents, as well as, teachers have approached me stating that the book that the child is choosing is too hard and not on the child’s reading-level. The library program at P.S. 32 is committed to fostering a love of reading and self-discovery in our students. To advance this, students are encouraged to freely choose books that they are interested in. We are also working to open up the students’ to discovering the wealth of genres, subjects, authors, series, and titles that are available. This will allow them to form a personal relationship with books.
A large selection of the material available in our school library, unlike in the classroom leveled-libraries, may be above the grade-level of your child (students should definitely read books from the classroom library that are on their level as reading on their level will help them to advance their reading skill, but there is a research-backed surefire way to help your child to become an accomplished reader that will be discussed below). To promote the joy of reading, I never discourage a child from selecting materials that they cannot read, but I do ask students to also pick materials that they can read on their own. However, it is vital to the success of your child and our students that they are read to everyday. The hope when a child borrows a book that they want to read and can’t yet do it on their own, is that someone will read it to them. My favorite part of my job is reading aloud to children and I do it as often as possible. With you doing it home daily, combined with children being read to at school, your children will not only become proficient readers, but they will want to read for the rest of their lives.
In the article Parents ‘must let children choose what they read‘, Vanessa Thorpe of the Guardian Observer stresses that children develop a reading life when given free choice. Here are her five tips for parents on how to make happy young readers:
- Don’t make reading a chore; it is not “good” behaviour.
- Let your child choose their own reading from a handful of selected books.
- Don’t edit their choice by the age range on the back: see what they fancy.
- Don’t tell them what you enjoyed when you were their age.
- Stand back and let your child talk directly to the librarian or bookseller.
One Major Factor in Having Children Become Better Readers
The Importance of Reading to Children Each Day
Research at literacyconnections.com shows that, “Children who have been read to several times a day as a young child, did substantially better in kindergarten than youngsters whose parents read to them a few times a week or less often.“
Reading is Fundamental has a wealth of information on reading aloud. In Facts About Reading Aloud they state, “Reading to young children promotes language acquisition and literacy development and, later on, achievement in reading comprehension and overall success in school. The percentage of young children read aloud to daily by a family member is one indicator of how well young children are prepared for school.”
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) posted The Family Literacy Foundation’s list of the many benefits of reading aloud with children are:
- Children’s self esteem grows as they experience the security of having a parent or other caring person read aloud with them.
- Children experience increased communication with parents and other family members.
- Children are introduced to new concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers, and alphabet, in a fun, age appropriate way.
- Children build listening skills, vocabulary, memory, and language skills.
- Children develop imagination and creativity.
- Children learn information about the world around them.
- Children develop individual interests in special subjects like dinosaurs, cats, or cars.
- Children learn positive behavior patterns and social values.
- Children learn positive attitudes towards themselves and others.
- CHILDREN LEARN THE JOY OF READING!
For Reading Aloud: Tips for Parents and Teachers visit LiteracyConnections.com.
To learn how to become an expert on reading aloud, from the master of it, visit Mem Fox’s website. The site is full of great information for parents, teachers, and kids, but the section on “How to Read Aloud” is a must (click on the links below):
Hear Mem talk about the importance of reading aloud:
The AASL recommends two books about reading to your child:
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox (this book is on its way)
The Read-Aloud Handbook, 6th ed.
Jim Trelease (we have this book)
Let me know if you would like to either/or participate in read aloud workshops or just come in and read with your child (and others) in our library. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are all members of the literacy club and if we want our students to join too we have to model the benefits of membership.
Diapers to Dorms (D2D) was launched on Saturday November 2nd, 2012 at the P.S. 32 LMC (Library Media Central). This free program is designed to provide infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families with resources, supports, and, activities to ready the children for elementary school through college, and beyond!
The program runs for ten sessions and will cover topics such as:
- Family Literacy: talking to and with children, and reading to and with children
- Child Brain Development
- Computer Skills and Resources
- Health and Nutrition
- Singing and Movement
- Parental stress
- Parent-child bonding
Families participating all receive:
- Free Books
- Free Computer (The More Than Tomorrow Project will provide refurbished computers and training to each family)
- Free art supplies
- Music for children
I would like to thank all of the families that attended. Also thanks go out to Sharon Rencher, to the P.S. 32 staff members: Pre-K teacher, Eve Mutchnick, Assistant Principal Erica Steinberg, Kindergarten teacher Heather Cantor, Third Grade teacher Heather Barr, and School Aide Danny Cellars for their participation and help. Thanks as well to the D2D committee and all of their efforts to make this possible: Principal Deborah Florio, Bess Hauser, Jonah Seigel, Heather Cantor, Eve Mutchnick, Lisa Latham, and Sharon Rencher. Special appreciation to James and Rebecca Katz, and Councilman Brad Lander for all of their support.
Adam Marcus P.S. 32 Librarian
Sharon Rencher, Executive Director of the NYC Imagination Library Initiative, spoke to the parents about the importance of talking with and reading to children. She signed all families up to receive a monthly free book (for children ages 0 up to 5) from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Images of Our First Baby Steps:
A New Look at How to Help Children Succeed
The latest “This American Life” podcast, “Back to School”, is a fascinating look at an emerging theory about what to teach kids. Checkout the podcast at ThisAmericanLife.org.
Paul Tough‘s latest book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character is featured in the podcast. I purchased a digital copy for my iPad and I am ordering a copy for our parenting collection.
Come in and Borrow a Book
We have a small collection of print books for parents on parenting and family topics (we are awaiting a $3,000 grant from Brad Lander to increase the parenting and professional collections). You can find these titles in our Destiny Online Catalog. Here is a list of the books in our parenting collection:
Visit Juana Flores, the Children’s Librarian at the Carroll Gardens Branch.
Upcoming Events at The Carroll Gardens Branch:
|Description:||Amore’s Magic Show is filled with side-splitting comedy.|
|Date:||Friday – September 21 2012|
|Time:||4:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
|Location:||Carroll Gardens Library|
|Public Note:||First Floor Children’s Room|
|Description:||Play & Improve your Chess|
|Date:||Wednesday – September 26 2012|
|Time:||6:15 PM - 7:30 PM|
|Location:||Carroll Gardens Library|
|Program Type:||All Ages|
|Public Note:||Bring Your Own Chess Clock|
|Description:||Make crafts based on stories.|
|Date:||Thursday – September 27 2012|
|Time:||4:00 PM - 4:45 PM|
|Location:||Carroll Gardens Library|
|Public Note:||Basement Storytelling Room|
On this day more than 2 million will read Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis in support of Jumpstart’s mission to work towards the day every child enters school prepared to succeed.
Dragonfly Girl, Bumblebee Boy, and Butterfly Girl join Lulu, the Ladybug Girl for a day filled with fun. All afternoon Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad run and play. They jump over imaginary hot lava and tiptoe past an army of giants (also known as great big sunflowers!). After a day of make-believe play Lulu has a special surprise; it’s cupcakes, each with its very own candle!
|Description:||Help break the world reading record – for the greatest number of people reading aloud one book- Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad- in the same week. Activities to follow.|
|Date:||Thursday – October 4 2012|
|Time:||10:30 AM - 11:10 AM|
|Location:||Carroll Gardens Library|
|Public Note:||Basement Auditorium|