April 28, 2021 | Felicity Greene
Every Monday during the first activity time of the day, the children of the Sky class participate in book shopping time. This is a time where the children exchange a book from their book bags for a new one.
The children take their time choosing a new title from a selection of books that the teachers change every few weeks. During this selection, the children are working on so many pre-literacy skills. These skills are a part of the foundation that children need as they develop as readers.
Reading is multi-faceted and has many moving parts. Developing print awareness and motivation, building letter knowledge, as well as using pictures to help understand the trajectory of a story, are all skills that the children have been expanding on during book shopping each week. These are skills that children will draw on as they learn to decode texts, use inferencing, and grow their comprehension of stories.
In addition to all of this, book shopping is fun! During a morning meeting this week, the children were asked what their favorite part of book shopping was. Here were some of their responses;
I like changing my old books for new ones.
I like having new books read to me.
I like reading the books and telling the stories with pictures.
I like seeing what all of the new books are about.