“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss
For the 2nd year in a row, I just logged off of the Scholastic Book Clubs website, where I used all of my Bonus Points to order 10 board books. You might think that board books are a bit babyish for our mature 3rd graders, right? Well, we have a Big Project in the works, and those board books will play a big part!
Students in 204 have already spent considerable time learning about fluency skills employed by great readers. You can check out each student blog to see what we’ve reflected on so far. We will continue next by researching early literacy, and reflecting on what their own experiences have been as readers.
As soon as the shipment of board books arrives, the real work begins! Each student will receive a board book to keep for a few weeks. They will read that book, upside-down, backwards and sideways until they are expertly fluent. When everyone is ready, I will record them reading their chosen book and burn their recordings onto a CD.
Enter the gift bags: We will fill each bag with one board book, and one CD, along with a carefully planned, perfectly edited letter… These persuasive letters will be written to parents of brand-new babies, informing them as to why reading to babies is so important, and convincing them to begin immediately!
In May, we will deliver all of our gift bags to Falmouth Hospital, so they can be distributed to all the new 2013 babies. Who knows? If I stay in teaching long enough, I could see one of those cuties in my class someday!!
Visit the blog for updates and more information on this exciting project! If you are willing to donate a few board books, please let me know, as we are short by a few. We’re so, So, SO excited!!!
Wax Museum packets of information will come home on Wed or Thur this week. Please start asking questions now, so this project is more enjoyable than stressful. Also? Be repared to be BLOWN AWAY by the level of work performed by these kids of yours!!
Yawwnnnnn – today was Pajama Day! Thank you to all who participated, as the money raised will help raise funds for an Arts Council performance coming up soon!! Yaay!