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December 5, 2015

Books in the Classroom

Right before I left for Thanksgiving break I took advantage of our half day and switched over my classroom. Goodbye Fall hello Christmas!

With the change of the holidays also comes the change of the classroom books.

When I first got my classroom I was very fortunate to have this rolling bookshelf left behind by a previous teacher. If you do not have something similar you should consider investing in one such as this.  

As I was searching Amazon they did have smaller ones for a reduced price. I feel that displaying books that students can chose from gets them excited. While these books are not leveled readers, I have a different area for those, they still can "read" them.  Since the beginning of the year I have taught them that they can all already read. In my classroom we discuss there are three ways to read: read the pictures, read the words and retell the story. Fostering readers is a very important thing. I never want my class to become discouraged or frustrated because they cannot read.  Instead I want to lift them up and give them the tools they need to succeed.

Of course these are not all of the books that are in the classroom that they will listen to. One thing I am notorious for in my school is my love of books.  Yes, I have an addiction. Every month I am buying books. Books that will excite the kids. Books for my personal enjoyment. And books for gifts.

With getting my kids excited I am exposing them to fantastic characters. Obviously Pete the Cat is at the top of the list. See my previous post. As we were leaving they asked me if Pete would have a Christmas hat when we came back. Well - thanks to my mom - he does!

Behind my reading chair I have displayed some of our favorite characters that I  will read to them for enjoyment.  

I love books that have multiple stories for one character. We get to see them in every season and the are typically repetitious so the kids can "read" with me.

Who are some of your favorite story characters?

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