Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Summer Fun-Making Book Baskets
I loved talking with parents yesterday about tips on how to keep kids reading over the summer. Every time I think reading with kids is pretty straightforward, I am reminded that parents still welcome all the advice they can get. One of the ideas I talked about as a fun idea for summer was to create book baskets with your kids. Here are some tips I shared with parents on how to do that:
For Younger Readers
1. I don't use any bookshelves for my daughter's books; instead we use various baskets. They are placed in many rooms in the house (1 in the living room as in the above photo, 2 in her room and 1 in our bedroom) so we never have to go far to find a book. Plus, baskets look lovely.
2. I keep a bunch of books in the closet and 'freshen' the basket every now and then. My daughter helps me with this, and even at the age of 3, she knows what she is tired of having in her basket.
3. I add a few non-fiction books to give her a variety of choices. She tends to not gravitate towards these herself, so I put these books on the outside of the basket to hopefully capture her attention.
4. Definitely put some beginning chapter books in there, even for the wee ones.
For Older Readers (I tied this into how we set up our classroom libraries and how easy this is for kids to make book choices)
1. Take all the books off the bookshelf and dump them on the floor. Kids love this part!
2. Have all your empty baskets lined up.
3. Start looking at the books with your child. What do you notice goes together? Begin making categories like "Books with Strong Girl Characters" or "Science Books" or "Books That Crack Me Up." The ideas kids have are great, plus it's using the math skill of classifying.
4. Make the tags either by hand or on the computer. Place the baskets wherever your child can have easy access to them.