Reading to Give: A Teacher’s ClassroomsCare Experience

4 Nov

ClassroomsCare has been a helpful addition to my classroom this fall. Now that the school year is in full swing, getting readers excited for books is vital. As my readers start diving into great books and striving toward personal goals, it is amazing how fast they are devouring books. By using ClassroomsCare, we can keep track of our reading and stop for that moment of awe while we help Scholastic help others.

After logging on to the ClassroomsCare Web site, I have found that there are many helpful tools to assist my students on their quest to read books. Even though I use a different recording form for books read, I have decided to implement the ClassroomsCare reading log to allow my students to feel a stronger connection to their role in reaching our classroom goal. The book recommendation printable is another resource I have found helpful in my classroom. My readers are always looking for a good book, and this is a quick and easy way for classmates to share their favorite titles.

While searching the ClassroomsCare Web site, I was also excited to see the new changes Scholastic made this year. Having around 100 readers, in the past I felt participating did not provide my students with enough of a challenge. The new format this year, though, eliminated that problem. By utilizing the online version of ClassroomsCare, I was able to register my class and set a goal of 10 books per student. The online book tracking was also a great addition. Now my students and I log on to the site each week to enter our completed books and watch the total grow.

ClassroomsCare has also brought awareness of others and our responsibility to provide a helping hand to those in need. My students were able to watch the videos Scholastic has provided on the ClassroomsCare Web site to see how our reading will benefit others through the three charity partners. As they look at our overflowing bookshelves, it is important to remember that not all children are as fortunate as they are. Even though we may not know who will receive the books, it is a great feeling knowing that someone else will be able to enjoy the books that we have come to love.

4 Responses to “Reading to Give: A Teacher’s ClassroomsCare Experience”

  1. Maureen Quiros November 8, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I teach in a title I school and would like to find out how a classroom qualifies for your program?

    Thanks,

    Maureen

    • lorraine5 November 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

      Thank you for your comment requesting information about becoming a recipient of our Classrooms Care program.

      We are very sorry that we are unable to arrange to have your class listed as a recipient of this program. The books that Scholastic donates through this program are distributed through our Partners in Giving – Save the Children, Reach Out and Read and the Pajama Program. You might want to contact these organizations to see if you qualify to be part of their programs.

      We truly value your support of Scholastic Book Clubs and hope that we have satisfactorily addressed your question. If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at bookclubs@scholastic.com or toll-free at 1-800-724-6527. We are available Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Central Time and on Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.

      Lorraine

  2. Elizabeth Schreiner November 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    We have read over 300 books between September and October, individually. As a class, we have listened to more than 150 books. First graders love to read, read, read!

    • lorraine5 November 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

      This is exciting news! ClassroomsCare loves to hear that kids are reading, especially 1st graders. Great work. Thank you for sharing.

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