BIG News!

Hello blogging friends!
Sorry I have been MIA in the blogging world lately, 
but I have a good reason:
Our family will be adding a new little bookworm in May! :)
We couldn't be more thrilled about welcoming this new addition.
I am so thankful that God is blessing us with this sweet little life.

Now that this life-altering news has sunk in a little bit and this little teacher isn't plum-tuckered-out all the time (thank-you first trimester), I'm hoping to get back into the swing of creating and blogging soon.

Raking In Good Books Bulletin Board Idea

To welcome fall, we created a "Raking In Good Books" bulletin board. 
 I gave each student a leaf cut-out and had them record a favorite book and the reason why. Then, when a student is looking for a recommendation, they can go and check out a leaf from our "leaf pile." It's a great way to get kids talking about the books their read and sharing their opinions about what they liked and didn't like about certain series, authors, genres, etc.
I put up these large sparkly leaves with different quotes about reading:

Hop on over to Sugar and Spice to check out other Wordless ideas!

An "In-Tents" Reading Party

Happy Saturday, friends!
Sorry I have MIA in the Blogging World lately - this little teacher is trying to juggle everything on her plate with joy :)

Today I want to link up with my bud, Joanne, from 
to share a fun idea that really motivated my students this week!

We have been working hard to earn "Frequent Flyer Miles" (aka Whole Class Compliments) and this week, we put up the 10th airplane, signaling a celebration!

I gave the students three options:
1. Free Recess
2. Movie & Popcorn Party
3. Reading Party

Well, wouldn't you know that 16 out of 18 kiddos chose the READING party?!?! 
I love my class.
To make it a little bit more exciting than just an extended period of silent reading, the students were invited to bring in blankets, pillows, flashlights, and books! The day of the party, we zoomed through our work at lightning speed, so that we could have our party at the end of the day. I gave the students five minutes to build their "tents" - aka blankets on top of their desk. 
 And then they got down to READING! 
{some of my boys don't easily fit under their desks anymore :)}
They read silently and without interruptions for an hour and fifteen minutes! They only stopped because it was time to pack up and go home. They groaned when it was over!
What a memorable way to celebrate our love of reading!

What kind of party/celebration options do you give your students?