Sometimes I think Chapters acts more like a library than some libraries. This is a great things for bookstores to do. Offering fun activities and getting kids to like book stores is always good in my book.
I’m a word nerd, and my boyfriend takes this to a whole new level, so part of my gift to him today was the board game Syl-la-bles by Cadaco. This isn’t really what I expected, but it’s still an awesome game for a variety of audiences.
How It Works
The board is basically the alphabet with a few “spelling bee” and “thesaurus” squares. When you land on a letter you need to make a word that starts with that letter. You get points based on the letters you use and how many syllables are in the word. If you make a spelling mistake you get 0 points for that turn, which sometimes discourages you from going for the big ones. If you land on spelling bee you need to spell a specific word instead of choosing your own and if you land on thesaurus you need to come up with a synonym for the word provided.
How this applies to the classroom or library
The beauty of this game is it can be as challenging as you want it to be. I was trying for 5+ syllable words, and often ended up misspelling them. Challenge yourself or your kids to push to the boundaries of your/their vocabulary.
Games are episodic reading, they give kids a different kind of literacy than books. Being able to interact with technology helps kids with school and will someday help them find work. Inspired by the reading Yoshi picture my friend Elise drew me a few months ago (that’s been on the blog for a while) I sketched some Mario and Peach ones. I am by no means an artist but I thought I’d share and say that I think we could have a gaming in libraries campaign with this concept (maybe with support of Nintendo?)
Do games have the same public performance rights issues as movies where a library needs to pay to have people play games? I don’t think so, but I am interested in comments as I will need to look into this soon.
I had my first scheduled story time today (other than a class visit) and I have mixed feelings about how it went.
The plan I followed was:
The good: The 4-5 year olds seemed to enjoy it, and the parents laughed at my props.
The bad: the 2-3 year olds were not interested and did not want to sit down/ stole my ball (which was kinda funny)
So I need to work on including the very young kids more. Next week my theme is the big bad wolf’s version of fairy tales and I have a wolf puppet and 2 songs, I hope that will do the trick.
I think they need a puppet/singing class in library school, it seems to be a huge focus in the storytimes and it’s not something that 6 years of school has prepped me for.
Until fairly recently I would have been surprised to see dogs (other than those helping the visually impaired) in the library. Lately I have been hearing a lot about a program where reluctant readers practice by reading out loud to dogs. It’s interested because it gives the child someone to interact with who will not judge them for their difficulties in reading and pronunciation. It’s apparently great as a confidence boost.
My worry is that without someone there to help them with difficult words they may skip over them or not realize their mistakes and will therefore take less out of it than they would reading to an adult or one of their peers.
In any case it is a program to watch, you can look it up at Librarydogs.com. It is already found at London Public Library, Garden City Library, Tom Green County Library, Keshen Goodman Library and many more libraries.
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