Monday, December 1, 2014

The Reluctant Reader

What if you've done all the right things--reading to your child from birth, supplying lots of exciting books and magazines, providing the coziest reading nooks ever, limiting TV and electronics time, modeling how much you enjoy reading, etc., and your child still does not like to read??  Many of us have been there with our own children.  In my totally unscientific opinion, I think that trying to force a child to enjoy reading usually backfires.  So unless you enjoy those lovely power struggles, try stepping back and taking a deep breath.  Keep up the supportive measures, and know that you are planting the seeds.  As with many other things in parenting, you may not see the harvest for awhile; just do the best you can.
When your child does get excited about a particular book or series, try not to judge. Their faves may not be the literary masterpieces you think they should be reading, but consider them as stepping stones. For example, kids usually don't read Captain Underpants or Diary of a Wimpy Kid forever!
Also, capitalizing on your child's interests and hobbies goes a long way.
While you're waiting for your child's reading interest to bloom, here are some resources that may help.

Choosing Children's Books for a Reluctant Reader

7 Ways to Encourage Reluctant Readers

"But Mom, I hate to read!": Tips for reluctant readers

10 Tips for Reluctant Readers

Articles and Tips to Help Your Reluctant Reader

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Well, it's about time I updated the Bookish Titan, right?  It has been a very exciting, busy fall!


Hopefully now Accelerated Reader is going smoothly.  There has been lots of quiz activity, and student scores are quite high overall.  Did you know that you can set up a parent "home connect" account and monitor your child's progress?  Directions went home and can also be found on the media center website.  We already have several students in point clubs, and the Starbooks Cafe will open as soon as we have a few more reaching the 100-Point Club level. The more, the merrier!  I am extending the art contest to decorate the cafe through this Friday, November 7.  For more info, look on the media center site.

Lately, I have had many students ask for book recommendations.  Titan readers are very serious and enthusiastic about their reading!  They love to look for books in a series and books by favorite authors.  One way to view book recommendations is right within the AR program: once students have a few quizzes under their belt, the program starts suggesting other titles based on the ones they have read.  I have compiled below a few other resources that may help with book suggestions; if you have discovered others you like, please let me know and I'll add them.  You can go to the site by clicking on the picture.  

My disclaimer:  keep in mind that some of these resources include young adult literature so make sure you select the appropriate age group; also some of them involve a social networking environment.

    Book Adventure is similar to AR in that students can take quizzes on books they have read, but it is so much more: try the Book Finder, which creates customized lists of books for students, and the Fun and Games Center with activities related to books.

Biblionasium is a social networking site that lets students log reading time, rate favorite books, search for suggestions, and make a virtual bookshelf.  Parents can even set reading challenges and incentives to reward students!  It includes helpful articles for teachers and parents about reading.  The cute mascot Coach C. Manzee says this about reading: "Reading is like a sport.  You have to set goals, have discipline, practice, and then you will see results." How true!
Reading Rewards also provides a way to log reading, write comments/reviews about books, earn rewards which parents or teachers set up, and share recommendations with other students online.  

Scholastic's Book Wizard allows students to look for books by reading level or titles similar to their favorites.  It also is available as a mobile app--use your device to scan the                     publisher's barcode to see book levels and summaries.

Part of the great Discus state resources for students, NoveList is quite a sophisticated search tool.  Students can search by very specific genre or interest and also by similar titles. Reviews from library journals are given, which are a little more professional and unbiased than popular Internet review sources!  Contact me for home user name and password; I am not allowed to post that information online.

Coming next time....What if my child does not like to read???

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The media center is in full swing!  We have begun checkout for grades 1 through 5, with kindergarten to follow in a couple of weeks.  Students are having fun exploring the space and finding new book friends as well as old favorites. I have had to rush them a little due to time constraints from Boosterthon activities, but I promise things will settle down soon.  I am trying to establish efficient procedures so things will run smoothly during the checkout block of time.  

Meet the newest library residents:  Parsley (green and yellow) and Dewdrop (blue). Their job is to help make the library cheerful, and so far they're doing a great job!  Stop by to meet them.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

At last!  New York has Fashion Week, Charlotte has Race Week, but the Tega Cay Titans have BOOK WEEK!  On Wednesday morning, a truck pulled up to unload tons of brand new library books!

The boxes just kept coming!

Good thing it wasn't raining...

Thanks to Jason and the great team of shelvers supplied by Follett, the boxes were promptly sorted to the right section, unpacked and the books neatly tucked into their shelves to settle in before meeting you.

The very first book cataloged for TCES!

Me surfing in a sea of cardboard!

We were closely supervised by this guy.

As we shelved the books, I noticed that SOMEONE had already moved in...wonder who lives here? last it looks like a real library!
P. S.  I have a confession to make that is not very librarian-like.   Although I LOVED choosing the books and seeing them all lined up on their new shelves, I think one of my favorite things about the new library is the beautiful area rug where you'll soon be relaxing in comfy chairs and reading your favorite books and magazines.

See you soon!  Enjoy the last weeks of summer!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Wow, what a busy last week of school!  I didn't realize I had accumulated so much "stuff" to organize and pack.  Hope you are as ready as I am for a great summer, full of special times with our families and friends.  I thought you might like to see a few more pictures of the media center...

Pretty soon, we'll be reading and sharing favorite books in our cozy story corner.

Do you think we need some cushions to make it cozier?

I can't wait until the circulation desk is "hopping" with students eager to check out the great books in our new media center...

...minus the vacuum cleaner, of course!

This little room may not look too enticing now, but the Bookish Titan has a plan for it!

Don't forget to check out the York County Public Library Summer Reading Program: "Fizz! Boom! Read!"

Click the picture for details.

Also, when you begin to be bored this summer (I know, I know, it hardly seems possible but just in case), there are tons of ideas on Pinterest to support the "Fizz! Boom! Read!" theme with cool science experiments and activities.  

Have a fun, safe beginning to your summer vacay!  Remember to do the student survey!

Monday, May 26, 2014

       Hello!  Welcome to my blog featuring the Tega Cay Elementary Media Center! Of course we are technically not open yet, but I couldn't resist giving you a sneak peek as the media center grows.  Are you as excited as I am about getting into that beautiful new building?  And wait until you see the library; it's a definite "WOW!"
       I'd like to share a little about myself, and I hope you will tell me about yourselves as well by taking my student survey. That way, we'll be old friends by August.
       Of course, I LOVE reading (betcha couldn't have guessed that), so I have the perfect job as an elementary school media specialist (or you can call me librarian if you want). I began working in the Fort Mill School District in 1989, the same year that Hurricane Hugo visited South Carolina.  We won't worry about counting how many years have passed since then, ok?  Truth is, I have enjoyed working with Fort Mill children so much that the years have flown by.  
       I presently am the librarian at Orchard Park.  I live in Tega Cay with my husband Clay, my son Tanner, who is 22, and my daughter Cathlee, who is 11.  I love gardening, sewing (especially quilting), chocolate, and cooking.  My favorite animal is a cat, and my favorite color changes with my mood.  Don't ask me about my favorite book, though, because there are way too many to list!  (We'll talk later.)  
        Which brings us back to the library...
You may know that our library faces the front of the school and has its own door, along with many big, sunny windows.  My plants will love it there!  

What about that little patch of dirt in front of the library?   Do you think we need a library garden?

Back inside...

"We've got to get this library in tip-top Titan shape!"

"Newsworthy" students will know what this room's for:

Lights, camera, action!

What would YOU like for me to fill these shelves with over the summer?  Complete the survey and tell me, or post a comment below!  

"We are lonely; give us books!"
Now it's time to return to my eaglets at Orchard Park to finish the year as their librarian and tidy up the library nest there!  Keep checking the Bookish Titan for more updates coming soon!                                              

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