My new students are not in love with books. This is a strange thing for me. I can't quite understand it since to me, books bring so much joy to my life. As I have been getting to know my new group, I have heard a lot about the shows they watch on tv and the video games they play. I have heard not one thing about books. How sad!
The first two weeks of school I read picture books to my class. They thought that was fun but I didn't hook them. Last week I resolved to change all of that. I am going to read a bunch of series chapter books to the kids. I want to try and hook them on to a character in one of the books. My thought is that maybe, just maybe, this will draw them in. Our book for last week was Flat Stanley.
GOTCHA!) All of the Stanley series books in the series were checked out of the library that day. It is starting... Next week we will read Horrible Harry.
Other Book Thoughts:
Student #1 dragged his mom to school one morning. She was a bit perturbed when I greeted her. She said " ______ said that he has to bring in money for the circus. What is that about?"
Me: "Circus? ________ what are you talking about?"
Student #1: "The circus. Like in the pages!"
Me: (dumbfounded) "I don't know what you are talking about." (pause...thinking...) "You mean in the book order?"
Student #1: "Yeah!"
Mom: (Whacking the kid on the head with his homework folder) "__________You don't need anymore books! You have too many books! You don't even read!"
Me: (pulling the kid away from mom and into the room) "Well have a nice day. BYE!"
As soon as mom was out of sight, I hugged little Student #1 who was teary eyed after his book dreams were sadly crushed. I ordered the book and will keep it for him at school.
Me: "You guys need to read more books and watch less video games!"
Group: "We love video games!"
Student #2: (raising her hand and asking in a very serious way) "I don't have books Ms. V. How can I read them?"
Me: I will get you some!
I am sending some home every night with her now.