Adventures through Reading

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Adventures through Reading

Susan AiroldiSecond Grade

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Teaching in a Primary school you have to be very organized. I always start with my classroom library which is the heart of my room. The books are by genre represented in color coded tubs. Each tub is numbered and labeled (zebra to go with theme). Then every book is labeled to coordinate with it’s tub. The children have colored, plastic browsing boxes to store their books in. The children have designated shopping days, by reading group. Then I have two librarians who check that books are being put back correctly. If not, we stop and review the procedures again. It is highly effective and runs smoothly. I also have a sign out sheet for children who want to bring books home.
I also set up S.A.F.A.R.I. binders for homework. These go home every day. Inside, there is a yearly planner and yellow communication folder (provided by school). They are also color coded for boys and girls. I then add dividers which are labeled by subject. Page protector s are added to put paperwork in. The areas represented are Class, newsletter, Reading Log, Fluency passage, Work Work schedule with copy of word list, Math and Social Studies/Science. Homework is due at the end of the week. I collect the binders on Friday, and have a parent who pulls all the old work and replaces it with the new. It’s a great system that keeps all the work in one place and easy for parents to use.

Teaching in a Primary school you have to be very organized. I always start with my classroom library which is the heart of my room. The books are by genre represented in color coded tubs. Each tub is numbered and labeled (zebra to go with theme). Then every book is labeled to coordinate with it’s tub. The children have colored, plastic browsing boxes to store their books in. The children have designated shopping days, by reading group. Then I have two librarians who check that books are being put back correctly. If not, we stop and review the procedures again. It is highly effective and runs smoothly. I also have a sign out sheet for children who want to bring books home.
I also set up S.A.F.A.R.I. binders for homework. These go home every day. Inside, there is a yearly planner and yellow communication folder (provided by school). They are also color coded for boys and girls. I then add dividers which are labeled by subject. Page protector s are added to put paperwork in. The areas represented are Class, newsletter, Reading Log, Fluency passage, Work Work schedule with copy of word list, Math and Social Studies/Science. Homework is due at the end of the week. I collect the binders on Friday, and have a parent who pulls all the old work and replaces it with the new. It’s a great system that keeps all the work in one place and easy for parents to use.