Kindergarten is full of firsts. There’s the first day of school, the first time to write your name neatly, and for many children, the first time to read a book. This week I visited Mrs. Reed’s kindergarten class and watched as the students presented their first ever book reports.
They were called Shoebox Book Reports. Each student chose a book, read it at home, then filled out a book report form in their best handwriting. The form included the title of the book, the author, the illustrator, main characters, setting, and what the student liked about the book. After filling out the book report form, each student placed 3 items in a shoebox that represented the story in some way. After practicing their presentation at home, they were ready.
During the reports, the students took turns standing in front of the class and presenting their books. They read their book report forms and showed the class the items in their shoeboxes, explaining how each had to do with their books. Pictured above, we have Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear from The Berenstain Bears Clean House.
The students all did very well! It was so fun to watch their faces beam with pride at their accomplishment. It was obvious they were all very excited about what they had done and enjoyed sharing it with their friends in class. Way to go, kindergarteners! You’re well on your way to being first-graders!