There were so many things that stood out to me in Chapter 1. I’ve taught Reader’s Workshop for 10 years, but I feel like it’s gotten really “dull” for me. And there are still kids I’m having a hard time reaching. Don’t get me wrong – I know those kids will always be there but I feel like this book will give me more tools to reach them.
I certainly have favorite read-alouds that I love to share with my kids every year. I know my enthusiasm for each chapter, each character and their journey carries over to the students. I hear it in the groans when read-aloud time is up, and in the excited whispers when we sit down to get started.
My Top 3 Read-Alouds:
3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
My struggle has always been after the read-aloud. I’ve always been frustrated with my inability to help kids carry their enthusiasm for the read-aloud carry over into their independent reading time. Sure, there are kids who are in love with books already. I want to get to the ones that don’t! 🙂
With our push in the 7 Habits, I know examining characters and their intrinsic traitswill be a bigger focus for me this year. How can you read Harry Potter, Edward Tulane or Charlotte’s Web and not discuss those things?? I can’t wait to have more consistently meaningful discussions with my kids!