Sunday, July 17, 2011
Library Organization and Reading Workshops
Nour and I spent many hours reorganizing the previously purchased books into sections. Since we had no means in which to level the books according to grade level, we bunched the primary books on specific shelves and the secondary books on others, all with appropriate labels. The first go around, the books were categorized by genre, but this new system seems to be working better - the girls are learning to reference and visit the shelves that correspond more closely to their reading levels (see before and after photos above).
We taught them the rule of five, aka if there are more than five words that you do not know on one page, the book is probably too hard for you. It is time to put it back and find another book! Thanks to many of my great mentor teachers, this seems to be working.
After teaching the girls the rule of five, we modeled and practiced how to return books to the library. Starting with the smallest girls, we demonstrated just how nicely we can put our books back on the shelf (to the left is a photo of our participation line). Since this lesson, the library has been in much better shape every day we have returned.
Since then, I have spent every day doing a series of reading workshops. I start by doing a read-a-loud that has a strong message or vivid imagery. While reading the book, we stop and make predictions, check for comprehension, make connections to our own lives, and summarize what we have read.
Throughout the passing weeks, I am pleased to see that the girls are extremely eager to participate in reading workshop. I walk into their home and one of the first questions they ask is, "Margarita vamos a leer?!" This daily question has kept me smiling through the parasites and recent kidney infection.