This week I can finally see the light. Although it’s still rather dim and slightly blurry, I know I’m close. Today when I thought I was going to have a mini meltdown, I simply closed my eyes and said “6 more days, and I’m free!” Yes, that’s right people, it is my favorite time of the year and the one of the best parts of my job…summer vacation!
It is also around this time of year that many parents often ask what I would like as a thank you gift. As much as I appreciate the #1 teacher stuffed animals and mugs, what I’d really like this year is for parents at my school to buy this book.
What to Read When is such a great resource to have. So many of my parents ask me what books they should be reading with their children and now I can point them in this direction. This book takes into consideration a child’s age, gender, attention ability, and interests, as well as offering tips on read alouds. Another bonus feature of this book is its annotated list of over three hundred titles with category themes ranging from friendships, to thankfulness, to silliness, to separation. A “Reader’s Ladder” is also included, which recommends books at every age from birth to 10 years old.
I always assume that parents understand how important is it to read to their child, but this school year was the first year I had to make it homework. Parents were busy and it was very apparent that more and more of them were not finding the time to read with their child. My students absolutely loved story time; it was the one time I knew everyone was engaged and listening. Read alouds build listening and comprehension skills, increase vocabulary when children hear words in context, allow children to learn about the world around them, and provide a forum for discussion. These are only a few of the benefits. I’ll step off of my soapbox now, but the moral of the story (no pun intended) is please, please read with your child!
If you still would like to give your teacher an appreciation gift, then these cookies are pretty cute and would make any teacher smile.
Say it with me "6 more days, 6 more days, 6 more days..."