I love Monday Made It! I’m so happy that Tara decided to continue it on a monthly basis.
Like other teachers I try to read as much as I can to my students. I teach an ELD classroom that consists of all second language learners. They are so excited to hear these stories and they pick up so much proper English from these books.
I have approximately 800 read alouds and I can’t store them in my classroom due to space. So I have some bookshelves at home where I store all my read alouds, or as my kids call them “Special Books.” I have found it beneficial to have all my books at home so that when I lesson plan, I can go take a peek at my books to see which ones tie into my curriculum for the week.
Each month I read a chapter book to my class and we read about 1-3 chapters daily. We also have an “Author of the Month” study and we read one or two of their books each day. I also have certain books that tie into the curriculum or writer’s workshop. I organize them each week and bring them in to school.
I have always run into the problem of misplacing my books. I have to stop and look for my book before I can read it and that can get real annoying. Some of my books have also disappeared all together 🙁
This has happened too many times and I began to think of how I can keep track of these books that I’m bringing in. A few months ago I made book hospital where all my damaged books get placed. That system has worked so well and it got me thinking of how I can use the same idea for my read alouds.
This weekend I finally sat down to make this read aloud book holder.