At Voyagers’ Community School, we encourage students to have an independent reading time. Snuggled in corners, sitting in chairs, or laying on the floor, the students settle into their own space with 5 books of their choosing from the school library. They read the books to themselves, and every once in a while share something exciting from their book with a classmate or teacher.
The students interact with their books on different levels depending on their reading stage. Some student look at the pictures in their books as a means to gain most of the information from their stories. Students often like to look at non-fictues books containing a variety of pictures of specific topics. Other student enjoy finding books that they are learning to read independently. They want to practice their reading skills through the books they choose. Other students in the class are fluent readers and enjoy choosing books to read that suits their tastes.
As the students interact daily together in a in intentional time to read they begin to acquire the habits of lifelong readers. They look through the books they are choosing, ensuring they are interested in the book before they choose it, they talk to one another as they gather around the books and make their selections. After the students have chosen their books they make their way to their independent reading spot. Each student has his or her own way of settling and getting comfortable. But they all exhibit the same practices as they sit and read their books. Every once in a while a student will show an illustration to a friend, or read a line from the story to the teacher, before explaining the story to the person. Each student is understanding the power of stories and finding the enjoyment from spending time reading books.