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January 30, 2015 Scholastic Book Clubs From a Parent's POV By Lindsey Petlak
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    With February just around the corner, love is in the air and I have a major crush on Scholastic Book Clubs now that I'm a parent. I've always been a huge fan, but from the perspective of a teacher. Now, I'm seeing Book Clubs as a parent shopping for books to enjoy with my little man. Read to find out my top reasons why I love the monthly club and ways you can support your child's book orders if you don't already do so.

    Battle the Reading Slump

    I'm not going to lie. After teaching all day, reading constantly to and with students, it's really easy (and I'm guilty of) getting into a reading rut once we get home. By the time we pick up our own children, battle traffic, run errands, get home, make dinner, etc. etc., it's easy to brush off nightly reading. Scholastic Book Clubs seriously helps me keep the reading train chugging along because it's such a nice surprise (and frankly, a reminder to read) each month!

    Simplify My Life

    What's even better is that Scholastic makes it simple to order. They totally understand that parents are swamped and want to make "Opening a World of Possible" as easy as possible. A colorful, inviting flier comes home from school, we look it over, talk about books that look interesting (which is valuable in and of itself), make a wish list, and then I place the order without revealing to my little buddy which books I'll actually be ordering. Since our school uses online ordering, we simply log onto the Scholastic Book Clubs site, enter our school/class code, place the order, and pay online. With incentives and bonus books, you even have the chance for freebies with your order. No hassles, no excuses.

    Spice Things Up

    Variety is the spice of life, and the fun monthly fliers provide just that. I love that each month has seasonal or other themed selections highlighted, because those are not typically books I would seek out, but they sure are titles that my kiddo loves. I also love seeing the different ways book collections are selected, often in ways I wouldn't have thought of on my own (by author, topic, season, cultural links, etc.). Once we have the books, it's up to us to get creative about when and how we read. Even on busy days, we can squeeze in some story time at dinner or even in the car!

    We Aren't Experts at Everything

    Doesn't it just kill you to admit that? Teachers LOVE to be in control (we have to be all day, every day with a class full of children), and we pride ourselves on our professional knowledge base. If you have a literacy focus or teach elementary school, literacy is a huge part of your every day. However, we may be teachers, but not necessarily literacy experts at every age and grade level, nor interest topic, for that matter. When we are out of our comfort zone as parents during age stages or fad phases our kids might be going through, Scholastic Book Clubs provides a nice guideline and "safety net" for what's appropriate for age or reading level, and supplies options for our interests.

    Pay It Forward

    I love earning and stashing away Scholastic points for ordering. I seriously hoard them like Gollum with his precious ring. This has been a lifesaver considering I've taught every grade between K through 4 in the span of 10 years. Imagine having to stock and restock (now, repeat 5 times) your classroom library to accommodate such a span! NOW, think about your child's teacher(s). They love those points as much as you do. They're stashing them away in hopes of adding to their own library or going on a shopping spree for much-needed teacher items in the bonus catalog. PAY IT FORWARD! It will not only benefit your own child (who will be reading the books bought with teacher points), but also others in his class and in years to come!

    Open a World of Possible

    Regardless of thinking as a teacher or a parent, there is just some emotional response that comes with ordering books from Scholastic Book Clubs. Remember when you were in school and got the monthly fliers to look over? Remember when that beautiful big red box would show up in your classroom and you'd be wringing your hands in excitement waiting for it to be opened and your books to be passed out? Remember how you felt when your teacher gave you those brand new, perfectly perfect, fresh smelling books?

    Guess what? Your own children feel the same way. They love every second of the experience, from feeling the newsprint fliers, to excitedly searching through hunting for items to circle for their wish list (or sometimes every item, if they go a little crazy), to that special moment with the unmistakable red box shows up.

    You know why? Because reading truly does "Open a World of Possible," and the Scholastic Book Clubs experience brings out the fun. I don't think that had ever been so clear to me, until I became a parent. Now, I'm experiencing this through my child's eyes, and it's most amazing. I always adored Book Clubs, but I'm falling in love with them all over again...and I'm totally head over heels!

    With February just around the corner, love is in the air and I have a major crush on Scholastic Book Clubs now that I'm a parent. I've always been a huge fan, but from the perspective of a teacher. Now, I'm seeing Book Clubs as a parent shopping for books to enjoy with my little man. Read to find out my top reasons why I love the monthly club and ways you can support your child's book orders if you don't already do so.

    Battle the Reading Slump

    I'm not going to lie. After teaching all day, reading constantly to and with students, it's really easy (and I'm guilty of) getting into a reading rut once we get home. By the time we pick up our own children, battle traffic, run errands, get home, make dinner, etc. etc., it's easy to brush off nightly reading. Scholastic Book Clubs seriously helps me keep the reading train chugging along because it's such a nice surprise (and frankly, a reminder to read) each month!

    Simplify My Life

    What's even better is that Scholastic makes it simple to order. They totally understand that parents are swamped and want to make "Opening a World of Possible" as easy as possible. A colorful, inviting flier comes home from school, we look it over, talk about books that look interesting (which is valuable in and of itself), make a wish list, and then I place the order without revealing to my little buddy which books I'll actually be ordering. Since our school uses online ordering, we simply log onto the Scholastic Book Clubs site, enter our school/class code, place the order, and pay online. With incentives and bonus books, you even have the chance for freebies with your order. No hassles, no excuses.

    Spice Things Up

    Variety is the spice of life, and the fun monthly fliers provide just that. I love that each month has seasonal or other themed selections highlighted, because those are not typically books I would seek out, but they sure are titles that my kiddo loves. I also love seeing the different ways book collections are selected, often in ways I wouldn't have thought of on my own (by author, topic, season, cultural links, etc.). Once we have the books, it's up to us to get creative about when and how we read. Even on busy days, we can squeeze in some story time at dinner or even in the car!

    We Aren't Experts at Everything

    Doesn't it just kill you to admit that? Teachers LOVE to be in control (we have to be all day, every day with a class full of children), and we pride ourselves on our professional knowledge base. If you have a literacy focus or teach elementary school, literacy is a huge part of your every day. However, we may be teachers, but not necessarily literacy experts at every age and grade level, nor interest topic, for that matter. When we are out of our comfort zone as parents during age stages or fad phases our kids might be going through, Scholastic Book Clubs provides a nice guideline and "safety net" for what's appropriate for age or reading level, and supplies options for our interests.

    Pay It Forward

    I love earning and stashing away Scholastic points for ordering. I seriously hoard them like Gollum with his precious ring. This has been a lifesaver considering I've taught every grade between K through 4 in the span of 10 years. Imagine having to stock and restock (now, repeat 5 times) your classroom library to accommodate such a span! NOW, think about your child's teacher(s). They love those points as much as you do. They're stashing them away in hopes of adding to their own library or going on a shopping spree for much-needed teacher items in the bonus catalog. PAY IT FORWARD! It will not only benefit your own child (who will be reading the books bought with teacher points), but also others in his class and in years to come!

    Open a World of Possible

    Regardless of thinking as a teacher or a parent, there is just some emotional response that comes with ordering books from Scholastic Book Clubs. Remember when you were in school and got the monthly fliers to look over? Remember when that beautiful big red box would show up in your classroom and you'd be wringing your hands in excitement waiting for it to be opened and your books to be passed out? Remember how you felt when your teacher gave you those brand new, perfectly perfect, fresh smelling books?

    Guess what? Your own children feel the same way. They love every second of the experience, from feeling the newsprint fliers, to excitedly searching through hunting for items to circle for their wish list (or sometimes every item, if they go a little crazy), to that special moment with the unmistakable red box shows up.

    You know why? Because reading truly does "Open a World of Possible," and the Scholastic Book Clubs experience brings out the fun. I don't think that had ever been so clear to me, until I became a parent. Now, I'm experiencing this through my child's eyes, and it's most amazing. I always adored Book Clubs, but I'm falling in love with them all over again...and I'm totally head over heels!

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