Digital Literacy, Events, research skills, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Book Character Potato Pictures, Online Book Fair Launches Wednesday, and Digital Citizenship Week

Here is the link to my presentation for families about Digital Citizenship again, in case you missed it in a previous post. It includes links to a Family Media agreement, research sites for kids, e-books about digital citizenship, and online games for practicing digital citizenship.  Take a look!
Have a wonderful week HHCS!
Apps and websites, Building Belonging- diversity, Digital Literacy, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Common Sense Media Resources, How to Choose a Book, and Hispanic Heritage Month

It was so nice to see so many families come through on Friday night for a visit to the school!  I enjoyed having you all come through the library with your children.  Thanks for stopping in!

Here is a link to a presentation I made for our school about Digital Citizenship.  I used resources from Common Sense Media which is an amazing site for parents and educators.  I hope that you will find this useful and refer back to it during the school year.  (link below.)

person holding smartphone

Digital Citizenship for Families

You can also go to this link from Common Sense Media and get free text message tips about how to promote healthy media habits with your family!

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has a very helpful article about how to choose a book for your kids.  It has general advice and then also specific advice for each age group and for different book genres.

How To Choose A Book

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month!  Let’s celebrate with some great books.

15 Picture Books That Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage

14 New Children’s and YA Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Picture Books for Hispanic and Latine Heritage Month

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

I have a whiteboard outside the library where I am starting to post a ‘library question of the week’ for students to write their answers.  The first week’s question was “What was a great book that you read this summer?” and the current question is “Where do you like to read?” How about you?  Feel free to leave a comment below!  Have a great week HHCS and don’t forget about Culture and Curriculum Night on Wednesday!

Building Belonging- diversity, Digital Literacy, Events, Uncategorized

Upcoming Book Fair, Common Sense Media, and Books About Thankfulness

If you haven’t seen these pictures of the display at the front entrance of the school yet, please enjoy.  The writing prompts were “children felt… at residential school” and “children should feel… at school.” This was an amazing school-wide application of the students’ knowledge and feelings about Orange Shirt Day.  Thanks to Mrs. S. for organizing this project and to all the teachers and students who participated!

Digital Literacy, Uncategorized

Welcome Back to School HHCS!


Welcome back to school, Halton Hills Christian School community!  It was so great last week to see the students come back to class after 6 months of being away for distance learning and summer break.  I am Mrs. Baillargeon and I am the HHCS Teacher-Librarian.  I am excited for a new school year and I am looking forward to writing this blog!

Here throughout the year you will find:  resources for helping your children to find books that they will love, information about various authors, information about what is happening in the world of children’s literature, pictures of school reading events and classes, articles about digital and media literacy, and more!  Please feel free to comment below and I look forward to being a support for all of our school families.

You’ll notice the “moose” theme on this blog- last spring we were excited to premiere HHCS’s new school mascot- Bruce the Moose!

black moose lying on field during daytime

While we cannot do our regular school library checkout this year, we have adapted our routine for 2020/21.  Homeroom teachers will take bins of books that they have chosen for their classroom, and then the students will be able to choose and read from that limited selection.  Please refer to your child’s homeroom teacher for the exact specifics.  We will be running the AR program this year but will adjust the settings so that students can read from a more broad reading level range, since our access to books will be more limited this year because of Covid.

I will be teaching in some of your children’s classes.  For the classes involved, I am teaching a class that I am calling “Information Literacy“.  This class will look slightly different at each level but in general this class will be a combination of 4 different areas:

library skills and special topics (taking care of books, parts of a book, how to find books in the library, Dewey Decimal, book genres, Black History Month, Women’s History month, etc)

  • research skills (creating inquiry questions, plagiarism, note-taking, using reliable websites, effective search terms, graphic organizers…)
  • digital literacy (finding balance in using technology, digital footprint, cyberbullying, credible news)
  • media literacy ( bias, Purpose and audience of media texts, interpreting messages, media conventions and techniques, produce and reflect on a variety of media texts)

As we come back to school in this time of Covid, I will be spending some time in class with read-alouds on this topic.  I thought that you as parents might be interested in looking for some of these books to have at home:



I hope that you found some of this information here helpful!  Looking forward to this new school year with our UNSTOPPABLE GOD!  You will see this theme often in our school communications this year!

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” — Kate DiCamillo


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