February Library Corner

Step by step we get there. As students advance through school, they learn the elements of a citation (author, title, publisher, year of publication…) We start with the little ones finding out who wrote the book, who made the drawings… Then, thanks to the Usborne Book Fair, they discovered about “publishers.” The PYP 5 students are now learning to compile a simple bibliography with the aid of a webpage. By the time they reach MYP 5, students should be able to do in-text citations and evaluate their sources for their Personal Projects. This leads to the Extended Essay in DP, a college level piece of research where students are expected to demonstrate advanced research skills.

Teachers embed library and research skills in their units and it is the librarian ́s role to support this throughout the curriculum.

But in my opinion- and research seems to support me- a child’s success as a reader begins much earlier than the rest day of school. Read- ing, and a love for reading, begins at home.

According to the USC Rossier School of Education “the absence of parental involvement can lower average reading scores by 74%,” and Flouri & Buchanan, (2004) have found that “parental involvement in their child’s literacy practices is

a more powerful force than other family back- ground variables, such as social class, family size and level of parental education.” Research also shows that the earlier parents become involved in their children’s literacy practices, the more profound the results and the longer-lasting the effects (Mullis, Mullis, Cornille et al., 2004). When parents ask me, “When should I start reading to my baby?” my answer is always “Now!”

By reading with your baby, you foster a love of books and reading right from the start. When you snuggle with a book together, your baby will feel safe and his or her con dence and posi- tive feelings about reading will increase.

What’s more, making reading part of your daily routine may help you with some difficult transitions.

Such as going to bed. Babies and toddlers are reassured by routines. Read favorite stories and sing favorite songs over and over again. It will strengthen language development. Ask your child questions about the book, focus on the words on the page. You’ll build language skills and reading comprehension.

Another literacy strategy that has proven to be successful is to follow the text with your finger when you read it will assist children with making connections with words. This skill also helps build a child’s tracking skills from one line of text to the next one.

Children are copycats and their parents are their reading role model. Your fluency and enthusiastic expressions will help them with pitch, intonation and proper fluctuations when they read aloud themselves.

Long after they can read on their own, your child will enjoy reading with you. Even when they are already reading chapter books, if you start the book with them, they are more likely to get hooked.

Parents with children with disabilities will find some good tips here.

Andrée Keenoy
School Librarian