Last school year, I often blogged about journal writing with children and posted writing samples from toddlers to third grade.
We kicked off the school year with two posts:
Introducing Reading Response Journals
This school year, we’re introducing Reading Response Journals. I was first introduced to the concept of Reading Response Journals when I taught a mixed-age classroom, ages 6 – 9. As with writing journals, they allow children to learn, grow, read and write at their own developmental level. They work beautifully in both the classroom and the homeschool setting. Each child reads a book at his or her own reading level and then writes a response about his or her book. And just like writing journals, they are low-maintenance for both the teacher and the student! Low-maintenance learning allows both the teacher and student to actually focus on learning rather than on prep-work and busy-work.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll share specifics on getting started and how to use Reading Response Journals as a teaching tool.
Let’s get started! This week collect your supplies! This is so easy . . .
Surprise, if you do journal writing, you already have all of these supplies! I wasn’t joking when I said this was easy!
1. Notebook: inexpensive spiral notebook, blank paper bound into a notebook or reading response paper bound into a notebook
- For beginning writers. I like the lined writing paper from Handwriting Without Tears, so I’ve created my own Reading Response Paper
- Print this paper FREE: Reading Response Paper
3. Colored Pencils, crayons, or markers
4. Books, Books, Books
- fiction, nonfiction, easy, just right and challenge books
To Help You Get Started We’re GIVING AWAY:
1. Airport by Byron Barton
2. Frogs by Nic Bishop
3. Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
4. Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
5. The Flea’s Sneeze by Lynn Downey
6. Scoot by Cathryn Falwell
7. Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie
8. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This by Steve Jenkins
9. Zigby and the Ant Invaders by Brian Patterson
10. A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Are you ready for back to school (public school, preschool, homeschool)? What are you doing to get ready? I was determined to have MacGyver’s room all set-up and organized before homeschool began in the fall. I haven’t even started painting. Where did the summer go? ! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, August 4, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, August 5, 2011. Check back it might be you!
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