Posted on January 14, 2018
One of our favorite learning experiences is reading. The act of reading requires so much more than decoding (making sense of text, usually letters, and the corresponding sounds that form language). The transaction between reader and text is that of meaning-making -- connecting ideas with thinking, experience, and emotions. During readersʻ workshop, Iʻve observed students in the act of reading. Eye-to-eye with text, some emotions rising to the surface, raised eyebrows, leaning into the page, enveloped in the magic of a good read, whether fiction or non-fiction. Look at these students listening to librarian Nicole Goff as she reads aloud.
She and Mid-Pacific head librarian Dave Wee have been planning over the past two years how to get "authentic" library books into the hands of our youngest readers, kindergarten through second grade. (Students in grades three through five already visit Kawaiahaʻo Library at the upper campus.) A solution! Four book carts with a variety of genres have found a home in our Tech Lab, and Ms. Goff celebrated with read-alouds this week followed by students browsing and checking out books for the week. While we trust that youʻve introduced your child to the state library system by having your child sign up for a library card for endless hours of reading enjoyment, our students will now have an enriched reading experience beyond their classroom libraries to the treasures found in the Tech Lab. Kudos to Dave and Nicole for their perseverance! Our studentsʻ genuine enthusiasm about reading is gratifying, and we are looking forward to new book selections throughout the year.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.