The library program supports and supplements all core areas of the curriculum, and serves as the school’s main resource for recreational reading, as well as providing opportunities for research. The primary goal of the Sullins Academy Library program is to educate students to be life-long readers and users of information. This goal is met through the promotion of quality literature and appreciation of highly regarded children’s authors, the introduction to research skills using both print and electronic resources, and the development of library usage through the continued teaching of library skills.
The focus of this course is to help promote a lifelong love of reading. Preschool children are introduced to the library through storytelling, read alouds and fingerplays. Basic library citizenship is also introduced. Children check out books beginning with the second six-weeks period.
Junior Kindergarten children begin to explore the library to check out books for personal enjoyment. Students are able to answer questions about a story’s main idea, characters and story sequence by listening to a variety of literary forms.
Kindergarten children continue to explore the library through checking out books for personal enjoyment, as well as choosing a leveled selection that allows them to practice their reading skills. Kindergarten students continue to participate in discussions about the books that are read, focusing on the elements of a story.
First grade students recognize the library as a place where they can find help in selecting books to meet their needs and interests. They also begin to view the library as a place to locate information about topics new to them.
Second grade students are familiar with the library and its procedures. More independent use of the library is encouraged throughout the year. In addition to locating materials for reading pleasure, students are more aware that the library is a place for research and study, both with print and online resources.
Third grade students are familiar with the library and its procedures and are independent in fiction book selection. They need continued encouragement to use the reference and non-fiction sections throughout the year. In addition to locating materials for reading pleasure, students are motivated to use the library for research and study, using print and online resources.
Fourth grade students are familiar with the library and its procedures, growing more independent in all facets of library use. Students continue to strengthen research skills as well as develop a greater appreciation for many literary forms through independent reading and read alouds of chapter books.
Fifth grade students are familiar with the library and its procedures, and are further encouraged to use the library more independently in preparation for the transition to middle school. Students continue to strengthen research skills as well as develop a greater appreciation for many literary forms through independent reading and read alouds of chapter books.
Sixth grade students are enrolled in a weekly class called Organization and Study Skills. Students complete a variety of exercises designed to help them develop good study skills, as well as the organizational skills that help them to create a workable daily schedule that is conducive to them meeting deadlines and keeping up with daily class responsibilities.
Seventh grade students are enrolled in a weekly class that deals with various skill building activities and skills needed in order to complete research projects. Students also continue in their development of study and organizational skills.
Eighth grade students are enrolled in a weekly class that involves completing various written essays, as well as research activities. Students are also introduced to some life skill experiences such as budgeting, banking, sewing, etc.