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Start A Special Holiday Reading Tradition!

Start A Special Holiday Reading Tradition!

Greetings of the season my friends!

Thanks so much for dropping in during this busy time to share good cheer and learn about a unique type of reading celebration that you can host both at home and in your classroom!  I hope you enjoy all of the ideas, activities, and resources being offered this weekend from The Reading Crew!  Our group of bloggers is dedicated to bringing you the best in literacy resources and ideas for your classroom!  We are also each offering a FREE resource AND a gift card giveaway so be sure to
hop on through each of the posts!

This post is an updated one that I actually wrote three years ago in December as the sun rose over Bonita Beach in southwest Florida.....a place that my own family has called "home" for the holidays for eighteen years now.

Many of my siblings wake up slowly each morning when we gather there, warming their hands around a mug of coffee or cocoa, with books open on their laps.  We were fortunate to be "raised as readers" by our Mom and Dad, and I am here today to share a creative way to help other teachers and parents encourage children to make time to honor and enjoy reading magic at home!

Today's idea was inspired by a unique Nordic picture book and an Icelandic tradition that I recently learned about!  I hope that you'll find that it is an easy one to adapt for use at home during this holiday, and then implement in your classroom either before or after your winter break!


Start your own family or classroom tradition of hosting a Book Flood! This Scandinavian practice involves giving the gift of books and sharing their magic with relatives and students. Read all about it and grab some free resources to use at home or at school!

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Jennifer Reynolds
Using Multicultural Literature as Mentor Texts

Using Multicultural Literature as Mentor Texts

Hello Friends and Fans of  The Reading Crew!

Thanks for joining us this month as we share books that celebrate diversity! It is so important to use mentor texts that depict a wide range of cultures and experiences in our literacy lessons~

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting is one of my favorites for fall.  It tells the story of a young Muslim girl and her first trip to an apple orchard.

Use multicultural literature as mentor texts to teach important literacy skills and life lessons. Respect, tolerance, consideration, and kindness are all character traits that can be modeled through the use of diverse books in your classroom.

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Jennifer Reynolds
Jump Into Reading Groups: Getting To Know Your Readers

Jump Into Reading Groups: Getting To Know Your Readers

Greetings from Mrs. Reynolds Reading Room!

How is THAT for alliteration!?!?! :)

I am heading into my third week of school, and I have to say that the switch from teaching in a gen ed classroom to small group instruction has been delightful!  I am still working out some scheduling quirks, and compiling lessons and activities that will both engage and help my striving readers, but the change has been good for me!  I still come home physically exhausted--as I am still working on my stamina--but my mind, heart, and spirit feel invigorated!

As the month of September begins, I thought I would share some getting acquainted activities and routines that were successful with my students.  Hopefully, you will find them useful with yours!

Jump into your small reading group reading lessons with some great ideas for routines, rewards, and student interest surveys!
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Jennifer Reynolds
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