Hello from PA! My name is Lauren and I am the author of a relatively new blog~
I am just so happy to be guest blogging for Shuna today and to meet new bloggy friends!
As a reading specialist for preschool to grade 5 at a very small private school, I wear many "hats" (don't we all?!) A big part of my job is providing small group reading intervention and remediation for kindergarten, first, and second grades. These are my target grades that I work with everyday. Depending on the needs of the students, I may work with students twice a day.
When I first started my intervention groups a few years ago, I implemented a "Book In A Bag" program for my little readers. We all know that research shows that the single best way to improve reading is to read- read to self, listen to reading, lap reading, and read with someone. My "Book In A Bag" program is a very simple one that promotes family literacy, motivates students to read, and offers opportunites for students to practice reading strategies and skills at home.
Student choice is a huge motivator, especially for my little readers who are struggling and do not have much confidence. I do not select books for them; I teach them how to select a "good fit book". It may be a leveled reader or a picture book, fiction or nonfiction. The book may be at their independent, instructional, or frustration level. If the latter, I place a note in the book that a parent needs to read it aloud. My belief is that if they are interested in the book, I should not limit them to only books they can read at an easy level, especially since parent support is very high at my school (I'm blessed, I know!).
In addition, I am trying to motivate and instill confidence in these little cuties. They can still practice most of the strategies we learn and practice in small group; they will apply those strategies with their listening comprehension.
Often I will send home a consumable book for them to keep. This may be one that we have read and reread in small group. I often get these from Reading A- Z or from sites on the internet that offer free printable books such as Hubbard's Cupboard. Students are encouraged to keep a "book box" at home where they can keep all their paper books to reread for enjoyment and fluency practice.
For the upcoming school year, I am revamping my Book-In-A-Bag program. I am so excited that this year I will be using these book bags!
I ordered these from Demco.com. Click on the pic above to visit their site! These adorable little bags cost about .46 a piece! They are plastic, have a cute handle for little hands, and will be perfect for take-home books. So, now I'm totally revising my program with a popcorn theme! And, I already have the "Movie Night" clip art collection from Scrappin Doodles.
Who wants a FREEBIE? How about two?? You can grab this reader's log that I will be using this year and the bookmarks! Just click on the pics below!
My popcorn Book-In-A-Bag program is a work in progress that I will continue to work on over the summer. I plan to put the reader's log, bookmarks, a parent letter, reading strategy pamphlet (I still have to revise the latter two) and of course a bag of microwave popcorn in the take-home bags. My brain is POPPING with all kinds of ideas!!!
Thank you so much, Shuna, for the opportunity to be your guest today! Happy Teaching!!