Well, it is that time of year again. My kids are off to school and I am excited to begin writing a brand new book. I will be creating the book through this blog and you will have free access to all of it’s content here. This book/blog series is called Seven Habits of Highly Effective Readers and will give you information on what you can do to create an avid reader.
Scholastic books is one place and it offers a win win for getting tons of books into homes and classrooms. While we can't buy our kids everything that they want, we also can't keep the excitement away from them that they get when the new scholastic catalog comes out each month. Highly effective readers use this catalog in a couple of ways.
1. Some circle all of the books that they want and add it to a must read list.
2. Some look to see if the next book they want to read is available from their library.
3. Some look through and think about 1 new book they would like to add to their home library.
4. Some use it to ask for gifts for birthday and Christmas.
Whatever way these readers are using it, it is effective in creating excitement about that book. Another way to increase this excitement is to pull up a books trailer. These often engage our readers with technology our new generation can relate to. Here is an example from The Red Pyramid. We always tell our kids to not judge a book by it's cover, but when they see the scholastic catalog, how are they supposed to not judge it by it's cover. Using the book trailer is a great way to spawn interest and motivate the child to open the pages even after it has been purchased.
Highly effective readers are able to pick up books and read them if they are at their grade level. This is not always the case with less effective readers. So here is a little tidbit that may help to make sure that the book that you buy for your child is at his/her reading level. All you need to do is go to Amazon. Once you are there you can use the Look Inside feature and follow the five finger rule for choosing just right books. Here are the five finger rule guidelines.
1. Hold up all your fingers on one hand.
2. After your child makes a mistake in pronunciation have him/her put one finger down.
3. If your child does not know the meaning of a word, then have him/her put another finger down.
4. At the end of the page if your child still has fingers up, then it is a just right book.
Using these tips can drastically help with making sure that your child is picking out a book that he/she will want to read and be able to read once the book is purchased. It also builds motivation and excitement.
Even if your child picks a book from scholastic that they don't happen to read, it always feels good knowing that buying a book from them increases the amount of books in their classroom. Teachers earn points for books in their classroom with each purchase that a parent makes. This is pivotal in making sure that there are always new and current books in the classroom.
How do your kids feel about the scholastic book catalog? Do you buy books from them or do you use the catalog in other ways?