I started a book club for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade last winter, and it has been a hit! We are called the "Bookworms," and we've read some really fun stories such as:
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Some parents think I'm crazy when I hand them a picture book or beginning reader for the book club because they think the books are too easy. I think it's important to note that I'm not trying to challenge their reading. Instead, I'm teaching them how to be in a book club. This means how to have a group discussion, where everyone gets a turn to talk, and how to analyze a book and find the right words to discuss it. In this way, the children are building vocabulary and comprehension skills, as well as social skills. We are also celebrating the joys of reading!
We took the summer off, so September was our first meeting for the school year.
September's Book: We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems
Miss Kristie made us these fabulous name tags:
I ask a lot of open-ended questions, asking about favorite characters, favorite parts of the story, and what they thought the author was trying to convey. I don't want it to feel like school; just like a fun and relaxed conversation.
Here's one thing I thought was great, and showed how much they were thinking: the Elephant &Piggie Party Kit (from Mo Willems' website) stated that Elephant is the serious one, and Piggie is the silly one. When I asked the kids who they thought was the serious one, they all said Piggie! I think this makes a lot of sense because to a young child, Piggie's dry sense of humor comes off quite serious, while Elephant's over-the-top reactions come off quite silly.
Next we did an Elephant & Piggie Mad Lib from the Party Kit. I was afraid they wouldn't know what Mad Libs are or understand how to do it, but they did a great job! We went around the group and every child gave a word, and then I read the story - it was hilarious! We did it twice!
I had more activities planned, but we had such a great discussion that we were running out of time! We moved on to the craft, paper bag puppets, which I found at Three Little Birds. There wasn't a template, so I printed out her samples and recreated them. Ours turned out pretty cute, and the kids had fun recreating the story with their puppets!
While they crafted, I couldn't resist showing them this awesome Elephant & Piggie Dance Game. They thought it was hilarious!
How it went:
I was so pleased to have 9 children attend this book club! They were very enthusiastic and had a great time. I was worried they were too young for the Mad Libs, but they loved it, and I was worried they were too old for the paper bag puppets, but they loved those, too! These kids always surprise me with how bright and creative they are!
Can't wait til our October meeting! We'll be reading The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey!