Kindergarten Magic: Theme-Based Lessons for Building Literacy and Library Skills

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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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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



Kathy MacMillan

Kathy MacMillan is a freelance writer and nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter. She is the author of Nita's First Signs (Familius Press), as well as the author or co-author of many books from ALA Editions, including Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together and the Storytime Magic series. She was the library/media specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf from 2001 to 2005 and has worked in public libraries since 1996.  She presents storytelling programs introducing sign language through Stories By Hand and offers training and resources for enhancing storytimes through Storytime Stuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

Christine M. Kirker

Christine M. Kirker is a 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, including monthly preschool science programs. She is the coauthor of Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2009), Kindergarten Magic (ALA Editions, 2011), and Multicultural Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2012). 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 trainings 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