Sandy Beach Public School (SBPS) library learning lounge is organised to create a warm and inviting ambience that promotes reading and learning.
Students are encouraged to come into the library before school for the Homework Hub and at lunch time for
* recreational activities,
Gotta Keep Reading.......
Mr B sings "I love it when you read to me."
One of the main goals with the “Kids who read, succeed” program at SBPS, is to encourage the acquisition of literacy skills through the enjoyment of literature.
We want kids to want to read, first and foremost. The students need to develop an understanding of readings’ importance in their lives. Literacy remains as the key priority. (Todd, 2004)
One of the elements of the program is that our students undertake many higher order thinking activities to examine WHY we need to read and the many situations that call for reading and literacy skills. They are encouraged to build an understanding that we need to read for many reasons.
You need reading to survive. If you get behind in reading, you'll have trouble in every subject.
Information Age Reading.
You need reading for a career. Internet = Reading. Keeping up in a changing world requires good reading skills.
You need reading to communicate whether you're writing or reading a letter, email, or report.
You need reading for leisure. It's the only thing you can do on a plane, on the beach, or in a line that doesn't require batteries! You can read anywhere.
Life Long Learning.
You need reading for learning. Life is about learning. You need reading for life.
~~Annette Lamb, 2001.
At SBPS we encourage the children to understand and value:
“The more you read, the more you know.
The more you know, the smarter you grow."
when interacting with a range of texts including multi-modal and information formats. Todd (2004)
The teacher librarian seeks to use as many strategies as possible to encourage children to read and to help them to be able to seek and find relevant information effectively and efficiently. These strategies lay a foundation that will benefit the children now and in the future as life-long learners.
* PRC selections displayed and promoted
* Explicit teaching of strategies to assist students to choose books that they will enjoy reading.
* How to choose a “good” book -other than looking at the front cover!!
* Story time -reading a wide range of books, reading blurbs, listening to audio books, CD-ROM or on-line, viewing and listening to books on video, DVD or e-books.
* Premier's Reading Challenge (since 2004) for all classes from Kinder to Year 6.
* Book talks/reports
* Student initiated discussions
* Author displays and "author of the week"
* Blogging- (persuade other students to read the books they enjoyed)
* Creating book trailers (advertise great reads)
* Assist students to recognise and find books on topics they are interested in
Students are encouraged to use a wide range of resources and to acknowledge the author/s when taking notes on the special note taking paper