Hi friends! Today I’m going to address a topic that has been a challenge for me for about a year – using book bags with my kindergarteners. I started using book bags for my kids last year, and honestly, I really did not do it very successfully.
At the beginning of the year, the kids are just looking at picture books, so I just rotated plastic baggies of books between the kids. This was okay for the beginning of the year (as long as I remembered to rotate them), but as the kids began reading emergent books, I knew I needed to supplement the picture books with just-right texts for them. Finding a just-right text is next to impossible for a kindergartener to accomplish independently (I’m sure you all are better than me and can successfully teach this, but I’m not at that point yet!). So, I didn’t really attempt to teach them how to select books for themselves – I just put books we’d read during guided reading in their bags.
Managing the book bags myself took a lot of time, and honestly, I wasn’t that good about putting new books in. I’m getting my master’s and my planning time at school is limited, so it was hard for me to pull off as often as I should have. The kids got bored with their books quickly, got chatty during silent reading time…you get the picture.
So, this year, I’m trying a totally different approach. For their book bags, I got a local business to donate free reusable bags. They’re a little big, but I’ll take what I can get.