Oh goodness. Reading. It’s one of the most important (and one of my favorite!) things that happens in first grade. Ok, well, in any grade, but the beginning of the life long journey often starts in first grade, and I want to make sure it starts out in a positive way. 🙂
We do that in a number of ways, and one of those is by starting the #classroombookaday challenge. Listening to, talking about and enjoying LOADS OF BOOKS is such an important piece of the literacy puzzle. Reading (and lots of choice inside that reading) is another one. And so we begin to read, read, read early in the year, and provide many positive experiences around books.
Almost on the first day of school, we have a conversation about how our classroom library is organized, and what they notice about how it looks, as well as how we will use it. We talk about the kinds of things we like to read, and begin to fill our book boxes early on. I always enjoy putting the library together when I’m setting up the room…
…but there’s nothing better than when there are actually READERS in it!
Besides being able to read during choice time and actual reader’s workshop, we’ve also begun our year with some necessary “quiet time” after lunch and recess. During this time, kiddos can make a choice to read/write/draw or rest quietly. Really it’s a chance for kids to be alone (which is hard but also necessary for many–me included!), as well as wind down a little after a busy morning. It’s a time of day that many kiddos have a chance to finish up work or a project (usually of their choice) that they started earlier in the day. Eventually this time will fade away, as we get more into our “real” schedule, but for now it’s a nice brain break before we get into hard thinking again with math.
One more exciting place first grade readers got to visit was the ROBINSON LIBRARY!! We have library in our specials rotation now, so it took until we got to an “E” day before it was our turn. Kiddos only go for 25 minutes and normally wouldn’t have been able to check out until the 2nd visit, but GOODNESS that would not have been fair so we stayed a little later so we get our hands on some new books!! Kiddos got to meet our new Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Davis, and also hear a good story. Before we went, I also read a library themed book. 🙂
It was SUPER fun to watch the kiddos work their way through the library and see what treasures they would find. Finding out what kids like to read is just one more way of building community and getting to know them as readers and as little people. 🙂
Looking forward to TONS more fun and learning happening in the library this year!