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Why Do I Use DOCUMENT FOLDERS? WHY? WHY? WHY?

Don’t YOU just LOVE it when something WORKS?

I am a PINTEREST JUNKIE!

I know. I am.

I saw these on PINTEREST and 

 I HAD TO HAVE THEM!

IRIS USA 12 by 12-Inch Portable Project Case, Slim

(I got mine on Amazon…FYI)

What are they (you ask)?

DOCUMENT  HOLDERS!

How do I use them? and WHY?

I have taken ALL of my MONTHLY MASTERS

Crafts, Reading, Writing, Math, etc

and I have ONE COPY..

YES..

ONE COPY

of each page 

in a clear document holder.

NO more HANGING FILES!

They take up too  much space!

*disclaimer…even though they have clips that hold it closed…

I use an “OLD SCHOOL” rubber band around it..

Just to make sure my papers don’t end up on the shelf!

Then I took SHARPIE PAINT PENS

 and wrote the month on the spine.

It has freed up SO MUCH SHELF space!

All of my HANGING FILES for my MONTHLY papers

(You know…they FUN THINGS!)

are now in one EASY TO CARRY HOME, folder!

I can take home the entire month of ideas

when I do my lesson planning!

EASY  PEASY!

Can you say…DECEMBER!

DONE!

I am trying to “get it ALL together”…

I think it might be my New Year’s resolution!

If so….DONE!

What READ AT HOME Looks Like

I am a BLOG STALKER!

I admit it.

I am ALWAYS trying to find the BEST, FASTEST, & EASIEST ways

to make my classroom run smoother & more effective while being

academically successful.

Aren’t we ALL?

So each year I try to “change” a few things for the better.

NO THROWING THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATHWATER!

(  For YOU youngin’s….  Don’t get rid of the good stuff while trying NEW stuff! )

So here is something “NEW” ( or New to ME )  that I am doing this year!

I am NOT ( Ugh…),

NOT  

choosing the Student’s TAKE HOME BOOKS each week.

( Let it go! Let it go!)

I LET THEM!

The power is in the CHOICE.

I thought if I chose reading books that were ON their reading level

THEY would MAGICALLY fall in LOVE with READING!

NOT!

I have RAH ( Read AT Home ) envelopes…

Purchased at REALLY GREAT STUFF

BUT ANY envelope will do!

Each WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY they bring their RAH folder back.

I have them choose 2 books…YES…2 books to put in their folder.

( I place a pile 20 or so, of books at each level …

*disclaimer…right now I have 5 Guided Reading groups..I group their

PILES of books by the Guided Reading group level…

So they really are taking home books at THEIR reading level.

Just a little teacher “nudge” in the right direction!

They choose two books, put them in their envelopes, and put them in their cubbies.

They keep them for 2 nights..hence bringing them back WED. & FRI.

We change them for two NEW books … and here we go again!

Some nights I add a READING RESPONSE page to their homework.

USE ONE OF YOUR RAH BOOKS!

( Your choice!)

You can get my READING RESPONSE Packet HERE

Accountability?

I do have a paper…lined…for parents to sign each night.

DO ALL OF THEM SIGN IT?

 NO!

If YOU take a horse to water…Can you FORCE it to drink it?

NO!

Let it go! Let it go!

So then what?

If  you have a parent who won’t support reading at home…

 READ, READ, READ at school.

YOU may be the ONLY adult who reads with “THAT CHILD”..

We ALL have “that child”.

Don’t fight it!

Don’t PUNISH the child.

IF he/she could read it BY THEMSELVES…..THEY WOULD!

They can’t.

So

Let it go! Let it go!

BUT….

I do REWARD those who make the continued effort to read at home

EVERY NIGHT!

When they bring their envelopes back , I check the paper.

IF the parent HAS NOT SIGNED…I highlight in RED that date.

At the end of the MONTH..

I give a reward (and a SPECIAL BRAG TAG ) to those who have read

EVERY NIGHT!

I know…NOT fair for “that child”

Fair is NOT Always EQUAL!

I want my kiddos who

DO THE WORK

to know

I NOTICE!

And so my friends…

I keep stalking.

LOTS of great ideas out there in

BLOGGY LAND.

And PINTEREST  LAND.

AND  INSTAGRAM LAND.

If you need some ideas..

Check out MY PINTEREST BOARDS.

Happy  Reading my Friends!