An exciting development occurred in our classroom this week. With no prompting from adults whatsoever, one of my seventh grade students started a book club. She was soon joined by everyone in the upper elementary classes, including myself and our para. The girls took charge and led themselves to the book of their choice, and established the guidelines of the group. It was soon discovered that the boys and the girls had different goals, so now we have two book clubs.
The girls have created a nest in one end of our small library, and the boys have created a Reading Fort on the opposite end. It is fun to see the creativity and cooperation.
We are continuing our class book, Horses of the Dawn. It is amazing how such an energetic bunch can be so quiet.
For my own reading, I am discovering other interesting books in both the upper and lower elementary libraries. This week I read Tops and Bottoms, by Janet Stevens. One of my favorite parts of this book was the illustrations, which ran the opposite direction of most books. It made room for some exceptional artwork.
My upper elementary kids are also going to start reading to the lower elementary students. They were arguing over who would get to go first, so we settled in on a buddy system, so that everyone can go. I’m discovering many other ways that this will be beneficial for both groups.
While browsing for books in our library, the girls asked me what I was looking for, and it gave me a good opportunity to share my reading assignments and my taste in books. It is amazing what they actually pay attention to.
Also on my list this week has been “The Black Pearl.” I remember reading it in school, but I’m finding that it doesn’t seem to be nearly as interesting now as it was then. I’m surprised it isn’t about a horse. It seems that most of my books were about horses.
A quiet Saturday afternoon. Time to finish up my reading. See you next Monday!