Beth, I enjoyed reading your blog so much that during the last week of school I decided to use your book box idea. I thought, oh my I'm crazy for trying to plug this in during the eleventh hour! However, my students thoroughly enjoyed making the book boxes and I know they will use them over the summer. Currently, my school is trying to get rid of the summer reading blues. The book box idea worked out perfectly because my school was also hosting a book swap for summer reading in order to encourage more reading over the summer. The book swap allowed my students to bring in gently used books from home that they already read and exchange them for different books. The students were beyond excited to place all of their book swap books into their book boxes. Next year, I plan to put a county library flyer and a reading journal in the book box as well.
I also read your blog about your classroom library and I plan to use many of your ideas beginning in July. Thank you so much for sharing all of your fantastic ideas. My district uses Professional Learning Communities as a way to ask questions and share ideas. I feel like I just participated in a PLC over the internet! Thanks again and I hope you have a wonderful and productive summer!
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