Both of these are comprised of different articles on the subject matter and I am slowly making my way through each one with highlighter in hand and Post-it flags close by. I keep coming across passages to which I think, YES! when I read, so I highlight and flag away knowing that when it comes time to write my dissertation, theses meaningful words will come in handy.
As I was reading, I got to a part that discussed talking with parents about literacy and involving the entire family in the children's literacy and learning. I was thinking that it might be fun to invite families to join me at the library on a Saturday in order to sign their children up for library cards. It would be a great way to spend a little bit of time with the kids and their families and I would love to know that the families are utilizing the free resources at the local public library. Maybe I could even do this once a month to continuously encourage families to check out books so they are available at home on a regular basis. I know the library puts on some good events, so I plan to familiarize myself with the programs they have and encourage my students and their families to participate.
I was also thinking of doing a guest reader program again ( I experimented with this during my first year of teaching) and inviting older siblings, parents, and grandparents to come in and read a story to the class (maybe every Friday?). I just feel like I will be so short on time with the half day Kinder schedule. According to the schedule my team member gave me, there is about 10 minutes for a story and/or student of the week which apparently includes pack up time...that seems near impossible to me. I contemplated having an extended story time that allows kids to stay after/come early, but that would then require parents to bring them/pick them up because that activity would be before/after the bus routes. I think that some parents would be willing, yet not all parents are available to come to school so I would be afraid it would exclude the kiddos who need to take the bus to and from school.
I am trying to come up with some fun ways to buy myself more time with the kiddos because I don't think there is enough time built in the schedule for read alouds and story time. That is sad!
What kinds of creative literacy activities do you do with your students?
Do you use guest readers? Who was the most popular guest reader?