Library – Montessori through Junior Level

Montessori Level: Children are introduced to various types of literature through oral reading and video adaptations of classic stories. The stories are thematic, with topics related to current environmental and community events. (seasons, holidays, community helpers, counting books, fairy tales, and legends). Children are engaged through question and answer time following each story.

Montessori classes visit the library once a week for story time. Kindergarten (full day) students visit an additional time to choose books to take home. Care and responsibility for books begins at this time with the children.

Primary Levels: Children learn the basic organizational structure of the library and an understanding of usage procedures. They focus on alphabetical and numerical order and how it relates to fiction and nonfiction organization and shelving. They are introduced to the card catalog and how it translates to the computerized system for beginning information retrieval.

Literature exposure continues as in the previous level, but greater emphasis is placed on the difference between fiction and nonfiction and the different literary genres. They gain an understanding of the parts of a book and the parts of the story.

The children are introduced to the Accelerated Reader Program. Through the computer, children test their comprehension and literacy skills. This program allows students to move up or down according to their personal reading strengths or weaknesses.

Intermediate Levels: Children now focus on the Dewey Decimal System, classification, and information organization. Students learn what resources are available and how to locate them in print and online. They also learn to access specific information within resources by using internal organizers (indexes, table of contents, cross references) and electronic search strategies. They work with our computer catalog, refining search techniques and their ability to retrieve books on the shelf. The children are engaged through hand-outs, games, and DVD’s.

The use of the Accelerated Reader Program continues, but emphasis is placed on the Literacy Skills testing.

Junior Levels: The students focus on research for class assignments, information gathering, evaluating what information is needed, and selecting the most appropriate sources regardless of format.

The Accelerated Reader Program continues at this level with the focus on classic literature.