But I've tried to take the information I've learned and incorporate it into my classroom practice.
I have a bulletin board for our reading. At some point I would like for my kids to write about the books they read and post their suggestions and ideas for reading.
We did write a "review" of the big book we read last week. The kids helped me think of reasons we liked the book and what we wanted to say. I wrote their words and posted it on the board. We will do this a few more times together before I put out paper for them to write about books themselves.
Every day last week we had our "reading time." We have short time between our related arts time and lunch time. I had wondered what we would do during this time but it is now our reading time.
Kids choose books and find a place in the room to read.
We're still working on expectations during this time. It's not "silent" reading time, but most conversations are about books as they read and look together.
I hesitate to stop all talking since they are focused on books.
I'm working to refine this practice but I'm glad that we have at least established a routine of reading.
After lunch we have a read-aloud time, reading a chapter book. (Currently we're reading Junie B., First Grader at Last.)
As soon as the library is ready for us, we will go on regular visits to find our own books. These books will be a part of our regular reading time.
And anytime we have a few extra minutes, I grab a book and read it to them.
What ways have you used what you read in the book study?