December 6, 2011

Questions Foster Curiosity and Wonder

Young learners are curious about the world around them. They have questions about the natural world and about the people they meet. They wonder about the way we live in Canada and how other people around the world live.

Who hasn't met a child who is always asking question ?  Questions provide a window into the child's thinking and can roadmap a wonderful journey of learning for children and parents alike. A prominent researcher in the field of childhood autism explained how her young child was curious about asphalt, and so the family embarked on a journey of becoming experts on road construction, building materials, and asphalt. Childhood curiosity can become a springboard to learning in amazing and unexpected ways.
Edison, the famous inventor, was expelled from elementary school for asking too many questions. Go figure !

What is your child curious about ? 

What questions is he asking ? 

What personal interests is she showing ?

The library has a great collection of information books on many topics: crafts,  bridge building,  hockey superstars, Vikings, mythology, military history, cooking...   

Drop by the library and see what books we have to help answer the questions your child is asking. Parents can set up a family library card to sign out books from the school library. The FVRL, Agassiz branch, also has a great collection of information books on a wide range of topics.

Kids have questions. Will you help them find answers ?

Happy Reading !
Mrs. Dumas

December 1, 2011

Online Reference Tools @ FVRL

When you have questions, you need answers! 

Librarians, whether in school or public libraries, work to provide students access to reliable reference tools. For learners, whatever their age, online reference tools are exceptional and easy to use. Knowing how to find accurate information is key. With so much information on the internet it's sometimes hard to know where to start to search for reliable information. We can help.

Did you know that your Fraser Valley Regional Library [FVRL] provides a wide array of information sources via their web site ?  All you need is a FVRL library card and a PIN number, which are free and easy to set up at the Agassiz library branch. Terrill Scott, our Agassiz branch supervisor, or any of the friendly staff are ready to assist.

Once you have your library card set up, you can search FVRL on your computer browser [think GOOGLE]. From the FVRL home page, point and click on the green LEARN bar [see READ, LEARN, PLAY].

From the ONLINE RESOURCES page scroll down through the list of different titles. One very good electronic information source is the WORLD BOOK ONLINE/ World Book Kids, which is at the very bottom of the list. Click on the blue World Book Online and you will be prompted to type in your library card number and your PIN. 

The FVRL pays 'big bucks' for these online reference tools, so let's make good use of them. Through our school library program students are taught to use print and electronic reference tools to study and research. It's nice to know that parents can support their child/ren's education, from home or from the library branch, with electronic reference tools. Computer stations are available for use at the Agassiz FVRL branch.

Go ahead and take a look @ the FVRL library web site. [click here]
Remember, it's free ! If you have any questions or would like to 'test drive' the FVRL online resources, drop in to the school library for a demo. You have questions ? We have answers.

Happy Reading ! (and researching)
Mrs. Dumas