Reader & Author Spotlight
Each week our classroom showcases a student for the week’s Reader & Author Spotlight. This activity helps students to identify themselves as readers and writers, while also allowing the students to learn more about one another. While children are spotlighted, they will have a display in the classroom to share about their interests related to literacy. The week will include fun activities for learners as well.
Readers will showcase whatever text they are reading at the moment. They will have an opportunity to share with the class about what they are reading.
Continue the Conversation: Talk to your child about the book they are currently reading. Ask them to explain to you what it is about and share what they enjoy about it.
A bookprint is the list of five books that have left a mark on our lives, sharing who we are and who we become. Readers will have the opportunity to share the titles and covers of their bookprints with the class.
Continue the Conversation: Spend time with your child reminiscing about old favorites that your child loved or read frequently.
Readers will have an opportunity to share some favorite book recommendations with the class. Also, as students learn more about their classmates' interests, they can leave ideas for great choices for other readers to check out next for their next read.
Continue the Conversation: Help your child to think about titles or texts to share that you remember them reading and enjoying.
Where I Get My Inspiration
In school, students worked in class to create a Heart Map, which is a visual picture of all of the ideas and topics that are close to their heart that they enjoy reading and writing about. Each author's Heart Map will be on display during their week.
Continue the Conversation: Make your own heart map of topics close to your heart and compare it together with your child’s.
Fun Literacy Incentives
To honor learners and celebrate literacy, there are also some fun incentives that are provided for the week that each child is the Reader & Author Spotlight.
Continue the Conversation: To continue the celebration at home, allow these fun rewards to be a conversation topic between you and your child. Discuss the book they decide to choose and think of fun ideas to write about!
Families are invited to join us to help celebrate children's week as our spotlighted reader and author, check out some of the choices below or come up with a creative idea of your own!
- Record a video of yourself reading a favorite book that you and your child shared together for our class to watch.
- Write a letter to the class sharing a story or favorite memory about your child as a reader or writer.
- Write something together with your child that we will share with the class.
- Donate a book (new or gently used) to the classroom library in your child’s honor.
- Create a poster with your child from a favorite book to display in our classroom.
- Surprise your child by secretly sending in one of his/her favorite books for our class together.
- Send in pictures to share of your child reading and writing at a younger age.