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Kindergarten Magic: Theme-Based Lessons for Building Literacy and Library Skills
Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1069-6
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $54.00
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288 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1069-6
Year Published: 2012
AP Categories: A, C, G

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This time-saving program planner for librarians and classroom teachers alike includes everything you need to get started—reading lists, flannelboard patterns, poems, songs, easy crafts, even take-home activities to extend the learning process. The many creative ideas packed inside include
  • Activities keyed to popular classroom themes, with one chapter for each week of the school year
  • Lessons that reinforce skills in key learning areas such as reading, writing, and math
  • American Sign Language and Spanish language activities that make diversity awareness a part of children’s learning
  • Teachable concepts that can be mixed and rearranged for maximum flexibility, complementing classroom schedules
Both veterans and novices will find plenty to help make kindergarten days richer, more rewarding, and more fun.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1    Creating Memorable Media Moments for Kindergartners
Principles of Media Instruction for Kindergartners
Supporting Early Literacy in the School Library
Principles of Early Literacy
Creative Classroom Management in the School Library

Chapter 2    Meeting Special Needs in the School Library
Students with Disabilities
Nonnative English Speakers

Chapter 3    Welcome to the Library

Chapter 4    Welcome to Kindergarten

Chapter 5    Nursery Rhymes

Chapter 6    All about Me

Chapter 7    Friends and Family

Chapter 8    Safety

Chapter 9    Fall

Chapter 10    Apples and Pumpkins

Chapter 11    Trees

Chapter 12    Spiders

Chapter 13    Nocturnal Animals

Chapter 14    Thanksgiving

Chapter 15    Nutrition and Food Groups

Chapter 16    Holidays and Traditions

Chapter 17    Gingerbread

Chapter 18    The Five Senses

Chapter 19    The New Year

Chapter 20    Winter

Chapter 21    Health

Chapter 22    Martin Luther King Jr./Celebrating Diversity

Chapter 23    The 100th Day of School

Chapter 24    Transportation

Chapter 25    Space

Chapter 26    Community Helpers

Chapter 27    Valentine’s Day

Chapter 28    Presidents’ Day

Chapter 29    Fairy Tales and Folktales

Chapter 30    St. Patrick’s Day

Chapter 31    Dinosaurs

Chapter 32    Weather

Chapter 33    Spring

Chapter 34    Zoo Animals

Chapter 35    Farm Animals

Chapter 36    Sea Animals

Chapter 37    In the Garden

Chapter 38    Summer

Appendix A: Further Resources for Lesson Planning
Appendix B: Making Flannelboards, Stick Puppets, and More
Index of Activities by Skill
Comprehensive Index

About the Authors

Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of Try Your Hand at This! Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs (Scarecrow Press, 2006), A Box Full of Tales (ALA, 2008), and Storytime Magic (with Christine Kirker, ALA, 2009). She holds an MLS from the University of Maryland, and her library career includes work at the Maryland School for the Deaf and Carroll County (Maryland) Public Library. Kathy presents storytelling programs introducing sign language through Stories By Hand and offers training and resources for enhancing storytimes through Storytime Stuff.

Christine Kirker is a children’s library associate with the Carroll County (Maryland) Public Library. Since joining the library staff in 2005, Christine has developed and presented many programs for children of all ages and is the coauthor of Storytime Magic (with Kathy MacMillan, ALA, 2009). Previously, Christine spent ten years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a research analyst for the Office of Institutional Research. She graduated from UMBC in 1992. Christine presents training and programs introducing ways to enhance storytimes through Storytime Stuff.

"MacMillan and Kirker’s new book is a must-have resource for school librarians or teachers who work with kindergartners ... Highly recommended."

“With many of our teacher librarians already stretched for time between teaching classes and running library skills sessions, Kindergarten Magic provides a timesaving, idea-promoting framework for kindergarten library lessons with an emphasis on fun and interaction.”
--Australian Library Journal

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