"I didn't do my reading homework last night," one of my second-grade students said to me, sheepishly. Before I jumped to conclusions, I decided to probe for more details.
"I don't have any books at home."
Well. That's a pretty legit reason.
I had been asking my students to read every night and it had never occurred to me that they might not have enough books in their home. These kids wanted to read, but didn't have access to them! I knew that I needed to quickly remedy this situation. However, I wanted to ensure that I didn't lose my entire collection of picture books as well.
Take Home Book Bag? I start with Store More Book Pouches from Really Good Stuff. They are very durable and the materials all stay inside. Ziploc bags or canvas bags also work well. Each bag gets a label so that it's easy to locate on the bookshelf.
Take Home Book Bags mandatory. Before I being the projects, I send home a permission slip with students that describes the project and what is involved, if they choose to participate.
If a family chooses to participate, I do not require that they complete all the activities in the bag. My main goal is to provide them with books. The writing journal, games and activities are just added fun!
Take Home Book Bags quickly became one of my students' favorite activities! They look forward to picking out a new bag every week and taking it home to share with their families.
~ Coming Soon ~
Take Home Book Bags - The Organization
Take Home Book Bags - The Materials