The beginning of the school year can seem like a whirl! But in the midst of the chaos, my favorite thing to do is to get to know my students through reading. Not only does it grab their attention, but I love to help them fall in love with reading early on in the year. Back to school reading is my favorite!!
To help ease the transition and also mark a few things off of the to-do list, I am sharing some reading tips that are great for the beginning of the year.
1. Get to know your students as readers.
Spend time talking to them about reading. Connect with them. Find those, “Me too!” moments that you can have with them and that other students can have with them, too. They are so powerful for building classroom community!
- Do you like to read?
- What is your favorite book?
- Where do you like to read?
- Who reads to you at home?
As I do this, I enjoy making an anchor chart to name everyone’s favorite books, too! It hangs in our room and reminds us that we all are readers and love books!
At the beginning of the year we read books–lots of books! We read during more than Read Aloud time. I read to them to teach them about classroom behavior, expectations, being a good friend, and being a good citizen of our school. Here a few of our favorites!
If you are looking for back to school reading activities to go with these books, check out my Back to School Read Aloud Activities activity set! It’s perfect for helping you teach rules and procedures!
3. Make them feel like readers. Empower them!
So often my little learners come in and feel so discouraged. When I ask them if they love to read or what they read, so many of them say, “Mrs. Richardson, I can’t read yet.” I LOVE to empower them and make them feel like the little readers they truly are. When I learned about “the 3 ways to read a book” from The Sisters, I knew my students would benefit greatly from this mini-lesson. I simply teach them that they can read the words, read the pictures, or retell the story. This is a Daily 5 and CAFE mini-lesson every year in my classroom. It is beyond powerful!
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I hope this helps you get a little jump start with reading during the back to school season! What do you love to do at the beginning of the year as you jump into reading with your little learners?