Parent Involvement for American Education Week

What do you think of when you hear the words "Book Fair"?  Well, at our school, it means it's time to get our kids pumped up about what is new and hot in the reading world.  We talk up the current books and have them available at our annual Scholastic Book Fair.  The children get so excited, don't they?  After raising my children, I believe it's just the fact that they get to shop, but if it's for a book, it's all good I say.

Well, this year, our school decided to give the words "Book Fair" a whole new meaning.  We purchased tri-fold display boards with some of our Parental Involvement funds through Title 1, and invited our families to celebrate reading by creating a display of their children's favorite books. Many children worked with their parents to read, design, and create the displays, and some worked all by themselves.  Regardless of how the projects were completed, the end result was pure joy and pride in the final product.  The children were bubbling over with excitement to share their projects with their classmates and discuss the chosen books.  It truly was a hit!

In addition to sharing with their classmates, parents enjoyed checking out the displays as they visited their children's classrooms, dined with them at lunch, and visited the Scholastic Book Fair. Again, the excitement and pride in the work was really sweet as the children drug their parents from display to display to read them.

Here is an additional sampling of the projects.  If you're interested in giving this a try, you can grab the letters I put together as well as the project criteria I sent out.  I will upload them, and you can access them [here].

For more project pictures for your students, you can visit Read. Write. Mom! Each link below contains wonderful project examples, and it was from this blog that I got the idea to give this a try.

As we know, there's a strong connection between parental involvement and student achievement.  I hope you'll give this a try at your school.  If you do, please leave me a comment. I'd love to see how your projects turn out.  We will be repeating this annually, and in the spring, we'll be giving the Cereal Box Book Projects a try.  More pictures of them in a few months. Until then, happy reading!

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  1. What a neat idea! I'll definitely be sharing this one with my school for our book fair next year!
    Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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    1. The children absolutely loved it. The display boards are not cheap. I would advise getting just plain white boards and suggesting to the kids that they can paint them another color if they like. A teacher pointed out to me too that they can be reused this way if the kids just clean off the old stuff and repaint again for project number 2. At least that helps you justify the expense. We did not do ribbons...just gave each participant a free book and homework pass.

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