A Letter to Kinder Families
Welcome Kinder Families!
My name is Margie Foster, I am the Media Specialist at Fulton! I am so excited to be your child’s Librarian!
I wanted to let you know what to expect in the first quarter when your child comes to the library. I will see your child once every six (6) days, which is different than Music and PE. Music and PE sees your child every three (3) days.
The first four (4) visits to the Library, I’ll read a story aloud and we work on routines and procedures. For example, how to enter the library, where to sit, how to select a book, where to check out, what is acceptable behavior during library time, where to line up, not to mention…how to properly care for books while at school and at home. We have a lot of ground to cover in those first 4 visits.
After the 4th visit, I typically ask older student leaders to come in and assist with Kinder check out. They help guide Kinders through the routines and a reading partner once a book has been checked out. This helps provide a smooth transition to independence. Additionally, in the first quarter we limit their selection to the Everybody section (picture books) of the library. After the first quarter, they are welcome to select from the Non-Fiction section (informational books).
When check out begins…
- They will get their book in a book bag. The Book Bag is their library bag. Please DO NOT throw it away. Please use it to transport your child’s library book to and from school.
- Library Books are to be returned the day of their scheduled library visit. Please mark those calendars! Students must always return their book before checking out their next book. Please consider finding a spot in the home to keep your library book safe! #bookheadquarters
- Kindergartners check out one (1) book every visit.
- Finding a book is often the most difficult part for Kinders, as there is so much to choose from. Their first few choices may not be what you would select together at the public library, but it is driven by student independence and librarian support. A simple but helpful suggestion for helping your child find a good book is to talk about what they like to learn about, are interested in, their favorite book characters, or some of their favorite books the night before Library or on the drive to school.
Margie Foster, Teacher-Librarian