Several weeks ago, I wrote a post about a conversation that I had with my daughter, Conversations Spark Ideas. It was a great learning opportunity that blossomed into a delightful afternoon with a number of our homeschool friends.
I contacted our local children’s librarian and set up a field trip. When we arrived, she greeted everyone and then gathered the kids on the carpet in the reading room. She began with a short story and then a brief description of the difference between fiction and non-fiction. She then spent some time discussing the different genres of literature.
We then followed her about the children’s area of the library as she pointed out where the fiction and non-fiction books were shelved. She also pointed out the location of the easy readers, the bridging fiction (chapter books) and the DVDs and books on CD. She also encouraged us all the come back for individual lessons on how to use the online card catalog.
Everyone listened intently and many checked out books that she had referenced in her book talk. If you haven’t taken a tour of your library, I encourage you to do so.