my new little students love books! the problem is, they don’t take proper care of them.
To be sure, I am constantly giving them proper book behavior lessons and opportunities to practice.
I moved the “library” into a quiet corner of the room and called it a book nook. The kids seem to love the book nook idea but still have trouble treating the books properly. So while I work to teach proper book handling skills, I try to keep only a few books in the nook as possible. I put most of the books up out of reach, hoping to eliminate the need to grab a handful of books and walk on them or throw them around the room. Having most of the books out of reach does not make me happy but neither does taping up ripped books or picking them up off the floor 3 skillion times.
The children often ask for “teacher books”, which for the most part, they care for properly. I want the same level of respect for kids books as for teacher books.
Anyone have any advice?