Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

At The Library

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Recommended Books:

  • My First Trip To The Library by Katie Kawa
  • I.Q. Goes To The Library by Mary Ann Fraser
  • Any of the Library Mouse series books by Daniel Kirk
  • Let’s Meet A Librarian by Gina Bellisario
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  • Our Library by Eve Bunting
  • Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

Vocabulary: assistance, books, branch, call number, catalog, community, code, Dewey Decimal System, etiquette, information, librarian, library, request, reserve, resource, section, service, shelves, visit

Lesson Ideas:

Visit A Library ~ ask the child to describe the library. What is its purpose? What do you find there? How is it different from a classroom or home? Then, let them know they are going to visit the library so they can see how a library is structured and functions. If you are unable to visit one in person, you can do a virtual tour of one online. Make sure you tour key areas such as: Information Desk, Librarian’s Desk, Children’s Section, Check-Out Area, Reading Room and Catalog Search. While at the library, give the child a chance to talk with the librarian to get an idea of all they do at the library as a community helper. If the child does not have a library card, that would be a great opportunity to get one and have them pick out a few books to take home. Many libraries offer story time so that would be another way to incorporate a visit to the local library.

General Guidelines For Library Use ~ discuss the following guidelines for library etiquette:

  • Use inside voices/talk quietly so you don’t distract others
  • It is not a playground, so don’t run or jump around
  • Make sure your hands are clean before grabbing a book
  • Respect the material ~ don’t write on the books, tear pages or throw the book
  • Put books back where you got them from
  • Be sure to return the book by its due date so others can use it

Dewey Decimal System ~ explain how a library is set up with different sections and how books are cataloged within those sections by subject. Fiction (fantasy) and Picture books use a code with letters based on the author’s last name. Non-Fiction (factual) books are cataloged using a three-digit number code based on the subject. These codes are known as call numbers. This allows for similar books to be grouped together in shelves. Books are arranged from left to right on the shelves and from top to bottom on the bookcase. The call numbers are placed on the book’s spine so they will be easily seen when the books are on the shelves. Melvil Dewey is the person who came up with this system. He was a librarian long ago who had the bright idea to sort books by subject. He came up with 10 categories for subjects.

Conduct math and alphabet based activities to enforce number and alphabet order use. You can also have a handful of library books on hand for the child to sort into the correct order based on their call numbers.


Library theme


What do librarians take with them when they go fishing? bookworms

What building has the most stories? the library

Knock, Knock – Who’s There? – Dewey – Dewey Who? – Dewey have to keep telling silly jokes!

Knock, Knock – Who’s There? – Rita – Rita Who? – Rita lot of books!


Library = la biblioteca


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