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Term 3 Library Displays on PhotoPeach

Book Week is fast approaching and Mrs Dickson has been busy! With some help from Melissa Sandow who completed her library studies placement with us last term, she has the collection of CBC shortlisted titles processed and ready for staff loan. Last term, I began looking at the Early Childhood books with a few classes and the children have begun to create some of their own art work based on these titles.
Over the holidays, the amazing Deb Sears created a lighthouse, complete with flashing light, and this has now been installed in the Library. It is based on the one featured in the Ronda Armitage picture book, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.
In addition, Mrs Dickson and Mrs Sears have hung a parachute and fabrics in our picture fiction space to create our “blanket cubby”. Thanks so much to you both for sharing your time, passion and talent!! The children have already been enjoying using the space at lunchtimes. Our displays will continue to grow over the course of the term as classes complete more art work based on the short listed titles.
Stay tuned for more information about our book character parade, literature quiz and visiting artists and authors.

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CBC Picture This Art Ideas Night


CBC Picture This on PhotoPeach

I am always appreciative that teacher librarians are such a wonderful group, always willing to share their ideas and knowledge with other colleagues. On Thursday, I attended the Southern Ranges TL hub group at Braeview Primary School. A number of us were lamenting the fact we’d missed out on attending the SA CBC art ideas night, held the previous week. We were all very grateful to Mandy Coghlan who had not only been able to attend the night but had also taken a myriad of photos which she was happy to download from her phone and share with those of us present. In order for the  sharing to be able to continue, I promised to post the images on the blog to allow other teachers to be able to share them also. Hopefully you will find inspiration from these photos and that they may be able to support you in sharing the short listed CBC titles with your students.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all Campus Mums!


Mother’s Day on PhotoPeach

We have a wonderful selection of books about our mothers. The featured book is just one of them. Thanks to Victoria Sears for her amazingly detailed art work which promotes this title!!

Wishing you all a happy Mother’s Day.

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Easter in the Library


Easter Display on PhotoPeach

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Library Displays


ANZAC display on PhotoPeach

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The Importance of Reading Aloud to Big Kids


I’ve just read an article which bears out some of my prior beliefs and experiences. It also echoes the sentiments of Beryl Siemionow who spoke at an SA Children’s Book Council meeting many years ago, on the topic of Books for Disinclined Boys. She told us about her son, a competent reader who, at around the age of 11, suddenly seemed to lose interest in reading. When she finally asked him what was wrong and why he had stopped, his reply was that he was worried if he was suddenly too confident, she and her husband may stop reading to him. Having established that fact, they promised to continue to regularly share books with him and he continued on his own reading journey as well.

This article encourages parents to read aloud to “big kids” and expands on the range of positive flow on effects which occur as a result. Even as an adult, I love having stories read to me and will often enjoy audio books when on long journeys. Teaching children from every year of Primary school, I am regularly told by the older children how much they enjoy listening to the class novels I read to them. I would encourage all parents to put aside some uninterrupted time to spend tech free, reading aloud and sharing both time and tales with your children. 

Check out the article at the following link. The Importance of Reading Aloud to Big Kids.

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Great teacher resource!


I’m very grateful to the kind person who shared the following link via the OZTL site. I’ve not had a proper play with it yet but the resources for teachers would appear to be linked to the Australian curriculum and very useful. I’d encourage you to have a look for yourselves. http://readingaustralia.com.au/

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Picture Book Month


November has been set aside as Picture Book month. We would love to see each class on Campus reading a picture book each day for the remainder of this month and finishing off with a class vote for their favourite picture book. This could involve each child bringing in their favourite picture book of all time to share with the class. Alternatively, the teacher could choose a cross section of picture books to share. Upper primary classes may choose to look at some  titles more suited to older students and others to Junior Primary students.

I would be very happy to create some bulk loans for classes wishing to be involved. Please just let me know if there are particular themes, authors or genres you would like to share.

Barbara Braxton has a great blog on which she lists various sites each pertaining to the “best” picture books of all times! You can find this at http://thebottomshelf.edublogs.org/best-of-the-best/

The official site is found at: http://picturebookmonth.com/about-us/

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Remembrance Day Display


Remembrance Day on PhotoPeach

Thanks to Mrs Dickson for putting up our annual Remembrance Day display. We would love to include any student work related to this special event and invite children to  write some  acrostic poems on this theme. Sheets on which these can be presented are available in the library and may be completed at lunch times. Thanks is advance!

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New Displays


Talk Like a Pirate Day and Asia Week Displays on PhotoPeach

Thanks to Wolf and Di for their efforts in creating our new displays. We hope to have some fun in the Library celebrating both Talk Like a Pirate Day and Asia Week. Thanks to the specialist LOTE teachers for providing some student work, fabric and other materials to add to our display.

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