OK...so I re-read The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child (you didn't think you were going to get away with not hearing about it again did you?? ;) ) and I am really honing in on the idea of making reading a central theme of my room. Making it so integral, that everything revolves around it.
BUT I don't want to start from scratch either. So I have been thinking about what I do have in my room that I can continue using and will promote an atmosphere of reading. Here is what I have come up with so far.
Read Aloud: I like to end the day reading aloud from a chapter book for the students. I generally try to choose high-interest books that I know the kids will look forward to. This is something that I know the kids enjoy and, frankly, I do too. We really do have some great discussion from it and the kids get so into it....I feel at times we do have those "Reader Chats" that Mrs. Miller talks about straight from the Read Aloud. The only thing with it is that the read alouds seem very random to me. Like, we read the book, then it is done. I just want to make some sort of record of what we read, so I made a little chart to hang on the wall as a permanent record of our reading. Nothing special, just a chart for the wall. Here is a copy for you, in case you would like to make a record too.
What Are You Reading? Board: For the past two years, I have had the students keep record of what they were reading on index cards attached to a little ring on a bulletin board. It worked ok. I personally just loose steam with it mid-year, so the kids do to. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that reading isn't front and center in my room. I am going to recommit to this idea this year. I think I will allow the completion of one of the index cards to stand in for a reading log day (I will get to that in a minute.)
Reading Logs: OK...I am just not ready to let these go. I know Mrs. Miller is anti-reading log, but I am not. I am also not at the point where I don't want the kids responding to reading daily....so my reading log stays. If you haven't seen it before, here is a post I wrote about it. I really feel like it is a valuable tool to get the kids thinking and responding, so, for now, it is going to stay in my room.
here are some for you to print out from your computer. And if you would like to read more in depth about this whole idea, here is my original post about it.
Are you reading The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child? What are your thoughts about how to integrate what you already do with the new things that you are going to for sure be doing?