Thursday, March 8, 2018

Rock 'n' Read: Let the show begin!

Magicalamity wings
  • Program Goals
    • Continue book clubs with kids who have aged out of Bookaneers or find the lower books too easy.
    • Encourage kids to build reading skills and enjoy reading!
    • Attendance: 5 kids (grades 3-5)
4:30-4:35: Introduction (New attendees and beginning of the year)
  • Introductions
  • How Rock 'n' Read works
    • At the first meeting, or when they attend for the first time, kids receive a binder with a variety of starter sheets. They can get more sheets as needed from me or at the next meeting. They do not have to fill in the sheets for each book, they're just for fun and to help them remember what they read. 
    • Books are due at the next meeting. They have a due date taped to the front of each book. Don't forget your library card!
    • It's ok if you don't feel like talking about your book or didn't finish.
    • We all read at different levels and speeds. This isn't a contest or a class; we're here to have fun reading together!
4:30 - 5:00: Discussion and craft
  • Make notebooks and bookmarks if it's the first meeting, discuss what books they like and why and what their favorite things are.
  • Otherwise, crafts and talking about our books! We talk about genres, what they think about the characters, expand on nonfiction, discuss how the books relate to their own lives, how and why they'd recommend them to friends, etc. Sometimes the crafts tie into the books, sometimes they're just what I came up with earlier that day.
  • Final meeting we decorate t-shirts
5:00-5:15: Booktalks and snack
  • I booktalk each book of the selections for the next meeting. I try to have the snacks be relatively healthy - usually a snack mix I make up myself with dried fruit, goldfish, chex, etc. (pre-mixed snack mix almost always have nuts which I want to avoid b/c of allergies). Sometimes apples.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to take home to keep from the prize cart.
  • 3-8-18
    • Attendance: 11
    • Project: Create your own comic book/collage with colored pencils and cut up books
    • Note: A little calmer. Two kids very stubborn about not being quiet and not wanting to read.
  • 2-8-18
    • Attendance: 10
    • Project: Magicalamity wings
    • Note: Still have about four kids that just won't shush. I'll keep working on it. A couple of my quieter kids aren't enjoying it as much because of them. I didn't get any feedback on whether anyone liked Stranger at Green Knowe. Sigh.
  • 1-11-18
    • Attendance: 10
    • Project: Suncatchers
    • Note: Splitting up the food and crafts helped some, but I am still having trouble getting some people to take turns and be quiet!
  • 12-14-17
    • Attendance: 10
    • Project: xmas ornaments with large amounts of confetti, hot glue, and biocolor
    • Note: This was crazy. We had an incident in the teen area and I had to leave someone else in charge, the room was covered in glitter, some kids brought cookies so there was a lot of sugar in the room.... Anyways, lots of books checked out and I am making a note to myself that in January we need to have the craft during the first half and the snack during the booktalks in the second half.
  • We had a meeting in November. It was crazy.
  • 10-14-17
    • Attendance: 13
    • Project: Weird animals with corks, toothpicks, skewers, feathers, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners.
    • Notes: It's all a blur.
  • 9-14-17
    • Attendance: 6
    • Notes: 1 Bookaneers moved up, 1 member from last year brought a sibling, 1 new member I talked to last week, and 2 new boys! I have at least one more who was absent this week and I expect more will be coming along.
  • 3-14-17
    • Attendance: 11
    • Project: Houses
  • 2-14-17
    • Attendance: 12
    • Project: It was Valentine's Day so I had wooden hearts, glitter, and heart cut-outs for iris folding.
  • 1-17-17
    • Attendance: 11
    • Notes: Whole group of new kids. I'm getting more 5th graders - definitely going to start a 5th/6th club next year.
  • 12-13-16
    • Attendance: 5
    • Project: Despite the cold and holidays, 4 regulars and 1 new reader showed up! (ok, to be totally honest, one new reader was firmly collected and brought in). We decorated left over ornaments but otherwise weren't feeling too chatty. Our mouths were full of Oreos and M&Ms.
  • 11-8-16
    • Attendance: 10
    • Notes: Woo! Everyone came plus more! It's really just scheduling (and thinking not as many people were coming so requesting fewer books).
  • 10-11-16
    • Attendance: 6
    • Notes: Several kids have had to drop out and we are a bit quiet. I need to promote again.
  • 9-13-16
    • Attendance: 8
    • Notes: This group has some very picky readers and some very voracious readers. It will be a challenge to keep up with all of them!
  • 5-10-16
    • Attendance: 8
    • Notes: A few people were sick. Everyone was much chattier this time. They requested oreos next year but we also talked a lot about books and who was coming back. We took a group picture all wearing wikki stix glasses!
  • 4-12-16
    • Attendance: 9
    • Notes: Darn. Only one of my new attendees returned. I've been doing just general crafts and we decorated cloth puppets. It was a short meeting - it was hot in the room and nobody felt very chatty for some reason so we only went about 30 minutes.
  • 3-8-16
    • Attendance: 11
    • Notes: Woo! I pulled in a bunch of new attendees. Graphic novels and mysteries are favorites. I have some that can read longer/harder books, but are so busy with school and other reading that they don't have time so I think I will stick to shorter books.
  • 2-9-16
    • Attendance: 7
    • Notes: I had a headache and we were pretty quiet overall this time. The kids were hungry and wanted more food! Hamster Princess was the favorite of the evening with mixed feelings about Island Horse. Only one boy (and also the only older kid) came and I grabbed Zombie Makers for him as well as the selections. I picked shorter books as the kids seemed to be having trouble finishing and they were very happy about that.
  • 1-12-16
    • Attendance: 6
    • Notes: 1 new kid who's coming another time, 3 didn't make it. I had a bad cold. We enjoyed making popsicle stick and duct tape creations.
  • 12-8-15
    • Attendance: 9
    • Notes: 1 new kid, have realized that the crafts just need to be something to keep the hands busy while we talk. Also, I'm tired of serving cookies.
  • 11-10-15
    • Attendance: 7
    • Notes: We did Operation Gingerbread, Can you survive checklist game, and Fairy Wings. Mostly wings b/c 7 girls showed up and that's what they all wanted to do. 3 kids showed up a few days later to get their books - either weren't able to come or had the wrong day.
  • 10-13-15
    • Attendance: 8
    • Notes: I was called to jury duty so came in halfway through and my colleague ran part of it. It was crazy but everyone had fun and plans to return.

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