When Borland Manor Principal Marella McConnell ordered custom bookmarks for her school (pictured) back in August, she was unsure of how she wanted to use them. Then when reading specialist Mrs. Bethany West and second grade teacher Mrs. Jennifer Weiss (pictured) came to her with the Book Swap idea she knew the bookmarks would be a perfect fit!
Mrs. West and Mrs. Weiss came up with this idea because they both have kids that attend other districts where the Book Swap occurred. They brought the idea to Principal McConnell, she approved it and they put it into motion. Last week was spent collecting books from every grade level. Since this was the first year there were no limits on how many books one family or one student could bring in. Books of all grade levels were encouraged and organized by grade level on the day of the book swap. For example many of the chapter books were reserved for third and fourth grade. Though this is how they were arranged in the library, students could pick from any section they wanted.
Principal McConell arranged the schedule where each class got to spend approximately twenty minutes in the library selecting their books. In groups of four or five students took a few minutes to explore the selection of books and pick the one they wanted. Since this was the first year they were only allowed to pick one book at a time. Mrs. West thought this was the best for the first year because the amount of books that each student brought in varied. Hopefully, she says, they can continue this idea in the future and grow it to where the students can swap more than one. Principal McConnell says she is always open to new ideas that her teachers bring to her and encourages them to continue to do so.
Our other elementary schools are also celebrating Read Across America week with different themed days. Yesterday, for example, was day three of Read Across America week and many classes wore workout clothes to “exercise their brains”. Stop by our Twitter page found here to see more examples of what our schools are doing to celebrate this important week known as Read Across America week!