Oh my goodness. It’s beginning to feel like spring around here, and with the sun out, don’t you just feel like celebrating? Well, friends, we have a great celebration week ahead for you. You already know what’s on the calendar for tomorrow I’m sure. Well, it may be one of the biggest literacy celebrations in our country, but alas…we can’t really share about it. Enough said, so…we’ll be sharing a few alternative options for you because this week we will be…
This week, whether you LOVE Dr. Seuss or not, we are going to focus on ways to build a love of reading all year long in your schools. In today’s post, I will be sharing celebration ideas that you can use with your students that also can be used as a way to involve your families too. After all, we know the importance of family involvement in children’s academic programs. I hope that you’ll find a takeaway that you absolutely 100% MUST implement this year or next.
Celebration Ideas for Within Your Classroom
A Case of Stripes
Skype for Reading Buddies
Book Bins for Building Stamina
Book Conferences and Graffiti Walls
Do you conference with your students or have sharing time where they can recommend books to each other? If not, that has been shown to be an effective motivator. Another fun and easy way to highlight great books is with a graffiti wall. You can give kids index cards to decorate with the book’s information and have them staple it to your wall (like a collage), but you might also be surprised to learn that graffiti walls are a great tool for classroom review before a big test. Search graffiti wall on Pinterest for more uses. Here’s an example of what one might look like if kids share their favorite books.
Schoolwide Literacy Celebrations
Create a Favorite Books Wall
Jen from An Adventure in Literacy shared this great idea for creating a Featured Books Wall. Each family in her school was asked to share their favorite books in a book jacket decoration contest. The book jackets were displayed on a wall in a collage like fashion outside of their library for students to peruse as they went off to pick books for the week. How nice, right?
Parade of Floats
Camp Read A Lot
Schoolwide Literacy Event Board
I am sure if you sit for even five minutes and think, you will probably come up with many more literacy celebration options for in your classroom or for the school. Remember though, it is the little things we do daily that make the difference with our students, and although it’s important to host schoolwide celebrations, the celebrations that are most important happen right in your classroom. So…please tell us about the great things happening in your room and school. Together, we can make a difference each and every day.