Hi everyone! I just wanted to do a quick post and link up with my sweet friend Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her linky...
On Tuesday I posted about how I am trying home reading logs again this year (read about it here) and I know not everyone loves home reading logs but I think that it works for the parents and students that I teach. That being said, not all of the students are motivated to read at home so here are a few of the things that I am doing to try and build motivation into the program.
1. Providing my students with the best and biggest book collection I can get my hands on. I gave each student a large (1/2 page) bookmark to place in a bin or on our rolling shelf if they take a book for their home reading. I record the name of the book on the back, it stays where the book should be returned to and we cross the book off when it is returned. I also rotate books constantly through our library by taking out a gazillion books from the public library (only 68 right now but we are transitioning :) )
2. Talking to the parents at open house. All of the parents that I talked to were on board and I found last year, some of these same parents were not able to or did not have their kids reading at home. Some parents appreciate that we are both insisting on reading at home, the program gives them that little extra support at home to get their kids reading.
3. I sent home the door hangers - after stealing the idea from Joanne before we even got started to try and spark some motivation for reading at home.
4. I made bookmarks for my students - this will be the prize for week 3. I personalized them with their names.
5. I have picked up a few prizes - my plan is to reward students every 3 weeks with a small prize.
6. After nine weeks of successful home reading students get to choose a book. I usually stock pile books through Scholastic in order to do this.
7. Certificates for completing so many weeks of home reading.
8. A sticker chart - which is still surprisingly motivating for students in grade 3/4 and this Superhero Reading Club sign. To make the sticker chart I just took my recording sheet, saved it as a PDF and printed it as a poster.
9. Negative consequences - students who are not reading at home will have an lunch reading club - time spent at their recess reading.
I hope that as the year progresses and the students are reading regularly I can move the program to focus more on book talks and book recommendations but for right now I just need them to be reading!
A sweet reader named Shauna left a comment on Tuesday's post about an online resource she is using for reading logs/reports/recommendations called Biblionasium. I checked it out, it looks great. I passed the info on to my friend who teaches 7/8 and she signed up today! I would love to get my students on to this site - but probably closer to the end of the year - not all of my kids have computer access and they have really poor keyboarding skills (painful - it takes us 5 minutes to type in a web address!!). But hopefully it is something we can use later on. Check it out - it just might motivate your students - the way only technology can for some :)
Hope you are having a great weekend!!