This year I decided to try something in the summer that I have never tried before, a summer reading group. At the end of the school year, I sent out a survey and 10/44 parents responded that they would like their child to participate in a summer reading group. HOW AWESOME!
We have met at the public library 4 times. The book we are reading is The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman. This choice was based on The Global Read Aloud 2019 book choices. Each year my scholars participate in The Global Read Aloud, and all seem to enjoy it. The Bridge Home is the book that my upcoming 5th grade scholars will be reading this year.
Honestly, because I have never run a summer reading group before, I am sure there is a better way to organize. However, each time we have met, we have talked about the “assigned” chapters, and the kiddos talk about what their thoughts are about the book, characters, etc. The book is set in India, and mostly covers the topics of family, poverty, homelessness, and other human rights issues. I don’t want to give too much away, but so far, my kids and even the parents have really enjoyed this book.
I would like to find a better way to get the kids to express their thoughts and connections about their reading, so I will continue to work on that. But for now, I am so happy that I have found a group of scholars and their supportive families to take time out of their summer to come talk to me about a common book, and to share what else they are reading. As we close out our meetings, I let them walk around and choose new books that they can bring home from the library to keep them engaged in reading while they are home.
For once, it’s not about their test scores, or how may questions they can answer correctly, or what project we will try to undertake. It’s just about a book, connecting us over the summer, making us think a little bit about the world around us, and for me sharing time with some awesome kids! I have no regrets about my summer reading group!