Library/Mrs. Patricia Swedenberg

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Not only do Dr. Seuss' imaginative stories make reading and learning fun, they also spark discussions about subjects as conservation, greed, perseverance, and self discovery. Dr. Seuss' book are filled with silly rhymes and whimsical creatures that the children enjoy and gets them to think and use their imaginations. 

During the next couple of weeks the children in grades K-2 will be listening and discussing different books written by Dr. Seuss.  He challenges the young readers to be knowledgeable, curious, and thoughtful about the world around them.I will be reading The Lorax. This is an easy way to start a conversation about protecting the environment.
Another book we will be discussing is the last one written by Dr Seuss, My Many Colored Days, which is a wonderful way to talk to children about their feelings.
Hooray For Diffendoofer Day 
is a story about creative teaching and thinking. This is a story that celebrates originality, differences and uniqueness. 

In grades 3 and 4 I will introduce several quotes from Dr Seuss. Children will work in groups discussing the meaning of the quote. They  will write down their thoughts. We will then have sharing time 

Be Who You Are
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

Trouble Your Trouble

"I have heard that there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind."

You Decide

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. You know what to do. You are the guy who'll decide where to go"

It's Up To You
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

" You can get help from your teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself,sitting alone in a room."

The More You Know

The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you will go."

In Library class at Notre Dame School, the children read a balance of informational and literary texts. Instruction is based on grade appropriate text and questioning and conversations about the text. The program systematically addresses all of the Common Core Learning Standards across the four core strands of ELA – reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Remember helping children become better readers is not just about opening a book; it’s about opening the correct book. A cover is not a book, so open it up and take a look!  (Mary Poppins)                      We need to give children books that make them excited and help them explore new places and ideas.

 Reading is one of the most important skills your child will learn in school. Reading improvement comes with practice, and the Notre Dame Library provides a wide variety of books for students to borrow for reading practice, information, and enjoyment.  You can help your child by reading to or with him/her. Encourage your child to spend time reading at home every day. 

  Students are responsible to handle library books with care, since they are for everyone to share. Please keep books away from pets, food, and all liquids.

 Any book damage should be reported to the library as soon as possible so we can attempt repairs.  Please do not try to fix books at home. 

 Library books may be kept for two weeks then must be returned. A book may be renewed (checked out again) if the student is not finished reading it. An overdue (late) book means a student cannot borrow another book (until the overdue book is renewed or returned). If a book is lost, payment toward a replacement will be requested from the parents.

             Happy Reading! helps kids select books that appeal to them by offering kid-friendly reviews and information about children's books and authors. The information is searchable by author, series, and special features. The companion site focuses on young adult literature.           

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