Today I am sharing a way for setting up a classroom and home reading program in your classroom. I have been teaching students to read for nearly a decade and in that time I have tried a lot of different approaches. This system is the way that I have set it up in my own classroom and I have had a lot of success with it! I hope that I can help you set-up your classroom and students for reading success!
Daily Read to Self Time
Classroom Reading System
Once they understand all about finding the right books, I begin to give them the opportunity of choosing their own books for their book baskets. They each have their own reading basket that I number (saves me having to relabel each year!) and they LOVE being able to fill it with books they choose.I have them pick 3 books from their “just-right” reading basket (the one with the clothespin on it) and 3 books of their choosing from any other bins in the classroom. I should also mention that I have a group of students who are reading chapter books/more difficult material (they are beyond the levels on the bins), so they get to choose their own 6 books for the week.
At the beginning of DEAR time each day, I have a different guided reading group “book shop” for new books. This keeps things organized and minimizes the noise and chaos that putting away and taking new books can create.
Home Reading Program
Now this great idea was not my own, but came from Rachelle over at What A Teacher Wants. To keep your folders closed, use some Velcro strips cut into pieces and attached to the flap of the folder. This work like a charm! Such an easy and effective way to keep those books safe inside…and it lasts longer than a Ziplock.
Grab the FREE Read Every Day Home Reading Folder resource now by clicking the image below!
I have included it with EDITABLE files for you to customize to suit your needs. Enjoy!