Before you read more about what’s going on with books in first grade right now, be sure you’ve read the first part, where we got started in our classroom library, began our #classroombookaday challenge, spent some quiet time during our day and visited the Robinson library. 🙂
As I mentioned in the last part of my last post, figuring out what kids like and who they are can happen in many ways–books are one of those ways. Aside from just paying attention and taking note, we wanted to be able to share our favorites with friends, and so Ms. Turken and coordinated a Favorite Book Museum. Each kiddo brought in (or checked out at school) their favorite book. The reason it was their favorite could be for anything–someone special read it to them, it was a favorite from when they were little(r), they could read it themselves, it was funny–whatever. I was able to take a picture of each kiddo smiling brightly with their favorite, and these fabulous pictures will grace many parts of our room (book boxes and our outside bulletin work-sharing board to name a couple). I took them in front of our giant map, because reading takes you places! Before I even go any further, I know you’ll want to see those so here they are. And yes, they are precious. 🙂
Aside from just being able to enjoy our books ourselves, we wanted to share them with our classmates–both from Rm. 111 and Rm. 112. We did this in a format called a Favorite Book Museum. In the past I’ve done this with bigger kids and called it a Reading Museum (which had a little bit of a different feel and protocol). This time around, kiddos put together an “exhibit” with their book, a picture of their favorite part and a card with their name (just like exhibits have in a real museum!). Children were given a chance to walk around to view other kiddos’ exhibits, looking for connections as well as for books they might like to read in the future. We started in our own classroom and then traded rooms so we could see everyone’s favorites.
Before we could visit the museum, however, we needed to make sure that we knew how we were supposed to act and what we were supposed to do. I think in the past I have taken for granted that all of my kiddos have been to a museum and understand what I’m talking about when I mention using a quiet voice, not touching things, only using eyes to look and not fingers, as well as just connecting the whole museum idea anyway. This time I decided it would be a good idea to find a video that might help anyone who needed some support in this area. We watched this short little video with our Rm. 112 friends first:
After we were sure we were all on the same page, we go busy with our visit!
This was another great, positive literary-focused community experience that we will build on throughout the year. We will probably even hold Favorite Book Museums again throughout the year, watching how our tastes change and grow.
Have you ever been to a book museum? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience!