Saturday, March 28, 2015
Too Precious to Share
I struggle with sharing. Books. Yes, I have a book rack in my classroom. This year it is filled mostly with board books, class books, they still love the one we made at Halloween! And Scholastic books, you know the ones I can buy with points or not much cash. But the books I love most and look forward to sharing, (ok reading to them,) I don't put out.
I teach four and five year olds. Yes I've modeled how to treat books, I've set up structure on where to sit, and how to look at a book with a friend. But time after time books that are now out of print get torn. This year's group is especially hard on books. I have several extremely impulsive students.
I've rationalized that by keeping them away the books will survive to be shared many more times. I still feel guilty. If a child requests a book I cheerfully reread it. I often sit beside a child to share the pictures. But this year, if it's a book I treasure, it's not going to be freely available. Unless I can't handle the guilt.