One of the places in our school that all of our students love to visit the most is our library. They like the warm atmosphere created by our media specialist, Mrs. Brandi Bourbonnais, and they love to explore all of the books we have to read. Mrs. Bourbonnais writes about her special place at Covenant:
The word that came to mind as I was praying over the school year with a fellow teacher and friend was “haven.” I love that word! One definition of “haven’ is where people (students) feel safe, secure & happy. How can you not love that? Studies show that when students feel loved and safe, they have room to grow and exceed academically.
I have the pleasure of seeing all of our students. High school students visit the library for resources for special projects and research papers. Eighth grade students are engaged in Life Skills in the library, and this quarter’s course is Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance. The students are exploring career and career paths and how to earn money and manage finances. Topics include avoiding debt, budgeting with intention and investing early. All of this is for the purpose of honoring God with their resources and living generously.
Upper elementary students are busy helping me choose new materials for the library in addition to reading, reading and reading! Students keep an Interactive Reading Notebook in order to highlight what they have learned from the library lesson or novel read. Fourth and fifth grade students visit the library as much as their schedule allows. They love to explore and create, help tidy books, work on puzzles and make special deliveries to classrooms. They are wonderful helpers!
Lower elementary students are enjoying fall read alouds as well as learning the parts of a story and the author’s purpose. They love curling up and reading with a stuffed animal (reading buddy) after they check out a book.
Preschool library classes love hearing stories from the “Book Fairy” and enjoy listening to stories and singing songs while practicing storytime and book care manners. Even our smallest CCA Cougars (our staff nursery “students”) love library time with “Bubbles & Books”!
The CougarGeneration Service Club is sponsored by the library as well as our new parent connection of Coffee & Conversation, where we share resources and bring in guest speakers to support our parents.
I love all of the activity that goes on in the library. From planning the book fairs to researching for new ways for students to use and understand information to collaborating with teachers, the library is filled with fun & learning!
We are also preparing for our fall book fair and literacy night coming up on November 9th. Students love the activity stations that tie into literacy, science, art, engineering, technology and the Bible. It’s a wonderful opportunity for families to see what we do here at Covenant in all of our classrooms. We would love to invite you and your children to dress up as an inventor or pioneer and come join us in the festivities and visit the book fair.
All are welcome and I do hope it’s a haven for everyone!
Brandi Bourbonnais is the media specialist at Covenant Christian Academy. She can be reached at email@example.com.