Sunday, February 02, 2014
I have taken all of my spare minutes for working on reading day and our family reading night. They are both coming together, but until I have a schedule finalized and the details all worked out, I won't be happy. I am pleased, but it is now 19 days away.
Here are our plans to date:
Reading Night-- We will begin with a parade of storybook characters--everyone who wants to be dressed in like a storybook character is welcome to join in the fun--it is optional (but I do know for a fact that Clifford will be part of our event.) Next, we have a few small groups doing a rhythmic presentation of Judith Viorst's "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day." I will also be doing a couple of mini-plays with primary children. Then we will show a video that our principal and all of the teachers in the school are going to help us make of reading activities throughout the building. (This prevents the worry of who is and isn't going to come to the family night and having important characters from plays missing...) We will have four stations that everyone will take turns in: a parent-child reading room, our book fair for purchasing books if interested, a book swap, and a computer station with power points and videos created by students and staff in our school. We will wrap things up with a Dr. Seuss meal of green eggs and ham (and a fruit, bread, and bottle of water to complete it!) It is supposed to be all about enjoying and celebrating reading and that should do the job.
Our reading day has been tricky and I don't have all of the components ironed out yet. I had to make two schedules to accommodate everyone's PE or music time because that is the classroom teacher's prep time, part of the contract. (Hmm, but I don't have one...) Anyway, we are starting with normal business--attendance and announcements including a short story by the principal. The children will create colorful book marks before going to a kick off assembly for our reading contest sponsored by the local baseball team. Then, half of the classes will have guest readers and the other half will have theirs in the afternoon. The rest of the day will include some partner reading with other classes, switching the teacher, independent reading time, creating a book with the whole day being a pajama day for everyone under the theme of "bedtime stories." I have details of this to get completed, printing, and the rest of the guest readers booked.
Reading is the most important business of the elementary school and I know this will be a fun day for everyone. If any of my teacher friends or anyone has any suggestions of something fun that I have forgotten--please let me know. This is the first time I have been allowed to do such a day and it has to be top-notch so I can make it an annual event and it becomes part of the building culture.
Thanks for sharing--Happy February to one and all!!