Contrary to popular belief, teachers do not have summers off. As soon as that final bell rings on the last day, our wheels are already turning about back to school. In my classroom, I have students in K-2, so I don’t like reusing the same lessons year after year, because I don’t want to bore my little buddies!
I love picture books; however, finding appropriate books for my students can be tough. For this next year, I plan on having a plan waaay ahead of time. This way, I can be sure that I have appropriate books and lessons ready for story time instead of scurrying through hundreds of pictures on Pinterest looking for something that might work, and then being 2 pages in a story and having my students be totally unattached to what I’m reading them.
One of my favorite summer activities to do is to hit up the public library. I know, what a dork! BUT - it’s seriously a gold mine, and the perfect way to plan for the new school year without breaking the bank. If you are a new teacher, the library is your new best friend. With the technology libraries use today, checking out books is amazingly easy. In my town, I can go online and put all the books I want to look at on hold. I get an e-mail when they are ready and pick them up in a neat little bundle. I take the books home, read through them, and then decide which ones I want to actually buy for the classroom. I love that I am essentially “trying out” the product before I go through the hassle of purchasing the book. Really, you might want to just try them out with your students first to make sure they are a hit. In this teaching business, every penny counts. This system works great for me, because I have so many books I’ve purchased that never get read because they just aren’t appropriate for my students.
I just got all my back to school books checked out, so I will be posting a list soon! My goal is to do a monthly book list that I’ve researched myself, so I can hopefully help others that teach similar populations find books that will work for their students as well. I am hoping to help bring more literacy into your autism classroom!