Begin by checking out books from your school library -- the number of books checked out (to your classroom) should be double the number of your students PLUS 10 more. These books should be age/class appropriate for reading aloud and should be selected by random -- providing a wide variety of authors/illustrators, content, and so forth. Select an equal number of fiction picture books as informational picture books.
- Prepare ____ bags (one for each student plus five extra: for a class of 25 students that would mean a
minimum of 30 bags -- each one with two books each and a folder.)
- Number each bag and folder.
- At the beginning of the year -- at a parent open house or
similar meeting, explain the program.
- Each day, each child will take home a numbered reading bag,
the parents and child will read the books that night, write a comment in the journal,
and then bag them and return the bag. The return should take place EVERYDAY. If for some reason
the books do not get read the books should be returned anyway.
Each day every child will bring back their numbered bag, and take home another bag of books -- if they brought back bag # 5, the next bag they take is bag #6; the end of the numbers rotate to the beginning numbers. This builds a routine and provides every child the opportunity to read every book during the course of the month.
- After each night's reading, the parent will record the
family's comment about the books, bag the books, and then oversee that
the books are returned. It is important that you stress the book bags are to be returned daily ... even if the family did NOT have time to share. Keep the books moving. If a child is sick and can not return his/her bag - -that is when the extra bags come into play (simply put in a substitute bag and move on). When the bag is brought back just remove the substitute bag and place the correct number back in place. Do not attempt to go back and have the children read the books in the bag they missed -- after all they had two other books.
- At the end of the month EVERY CHILD would have had the
opportunity to read approximately 48 books.
- End of the month -- return all books to the library; and
ask each child to select two more books (sign out to the room) for the
book bags and start the process over. You should select 10 additional books for the extra book bags. The extra book bags are only used when a child forgets (don't let htat happen too often-call home as the success depends on the movement of the books each day) or when a child is sick and stays home. In that instance substitute an extra bag which has been marked A, B, C, D, and E.
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