What did we notice? The kids love this part of the day. Students who generally have difficulty with story time were engaged and actively participating. Struggling readers began experiencing success in a safe and predictable environment. Strong readers had new opportunities to act as leaders and support their peers during our 10-minute reading time. Don’t’ dare miss a day, as you will have 38 wronged grade 1’s.
Serendipitously, West Dover School was given a generous gift through the Chapters Adopt a School contest. We were given a substantial donation to replenish our Learning Commons with great books and buy one book for every student. Families were invited to Chapters in Chinook one evening to pick out a book of their very own. Those that couldn’t make it were given a book chosen by their teacher. Our students were ecstatic and grateful and wore huge smiles. The books still travel back and forth to school each day in the backpacks of many students. They are cherished.
What if that’s the book? As David Bouchard states….It only takes one book.
Karen Given teaches grade 1 at West Dover School with her team partner Devon Knuttila, learning alongside 39 capable, creative, and kind learners.