Earlier this summer I blogged about an inspired idea, a virtual summer reading club. We are nearing then end of our second book, with one more book to go in August. This was a new venture for me, and I was initially nervous about how it was going to turn out, but it has been very rewarding! Most of the active participant are going into grades 4 and 5, and I have a few colleagues actively participating as well. I’m just as excited as the students to get on Edmodo and see the latest questions and comments. I love how the kids interact with each other and the other teachers without even knowing one another.
Today I received this message from a parent who’s child is participating in the club:
“I wanted to take a minute to let you know that I believe the summer reading program is a huge success. I always have my children read over the summer but the interactive book club has taken it to a whole new level. My son is excited to read, excited to come up with questions for the group and excited to answer questions. And not because he receives anything just because it is fun. I think it is a great way to engage the students over the summer. He is diving deeper into the meaning of the stories not just reading on the surface. He gets so excited to check Edmodo every day. I think that this is a safe and effective way to have these students peak into the world of social media. With social media being the way of the future I do think its important for students to learn about it and this gives them a chance to use it in a safe secure way.
I am so grateful for this program and hope that it is something you keep for future years.”
Classroom teachers probably get this type of email all the time, but for me it’s a huge deal. Needless to say the virtual book club will continue, possibly even throughout the school year! For those of you who are considering offering this type of opportunity for your students I highly recommend it!
(By the way, the June book was The Menagerie by Tui T. Sutherland and Kari H. Sutherland. Our July book is The Secret Box by Whitaker Ringwald. The August book, which hasn’t been revealed to the club yet, will probably be Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley.)