I posted a while back about “putting the home back into home reading”. My team and I were feeling like the home reading program wasn’t really working. Not only was it time consuming to sign out the books (and distracting when a parent helped), but then there was the issues of lost books, parents saying the books were too easy, too hard. Really, what school these days has a grand collection of reading books they can afford to send home?
As educators, we all know how important home reading and the home-school connection is so we came up with what we feel is a great solution and alternative to the school home reading . You can read part 1 here: Some Thoughts on the Home Reading Program. You can pick up your copy of the home reading letter in that post. We used a calendar from a Carson Dellosa resource. My partner Jessica makes these for us after we discuss the goal for the month.
I would like to update you with the progress of this program, now in its 3rd year (and first year at my new school). Our team is LOVING it! We are so impressed with the children and their presentations. We love the fact that it’s open-ended and parents are enjoying the fact that they can help their children and be a part of their learning. We love that reading and enjoying books can be seen as a school and home activity.
Students are enjoying the presentations and are coming up with clever questions for the presenter. The project itself is not marked but students are marked on oral language skills: the clarity of their voice, the volume and the overall presentation (eye contact, comfort speaking etc).
I have devised a couple of rubrics to use. One is a master list for the teacher, one is to give to the student or staple into their agenda or back and forth book if they have one. If you would like a freebie copy to use click here: Home Reading Rubric Freebie
Some students just wrote up a little one pager and read it to the class, others got a little more creative and they dressed up as a character from the book. This student not only dressed up but made color photocopies from the story and completed a re-telling to make his own book.
This student also dressed up. I think he likes Space…what do you think?
Here is a project on rocks and minerals…students just loved seeing her samples.
And one more sample of something just a little different.
I loved seeing the more shy kids participating so well. I also loved seeing the students that never seem to get a word in because of other students SHINE! You can see the potential of using this program with adaptations in the older grades.
Will this program work for you?