I could give you a lot of excuses (God knows I have a list of them) of why I haven't blogged, or I could just carry on. Tonight I feel like going with the carry on route.
As I've mentioned a trillion and one times, last week was book fair and I'm the librarian at the elementary school, so that kind of makes me like the quarterback of the winning super bowl team. Kind of.
Book Fair can sometimes be a hot topic. There are a lot of different opinions about book fairs - how they should be run, what kids should buy, how much they should spend, etc, and since I'm in the thick of it, I thought I would share my opinions.
1. In our family, the kids get money from grandparents or from allowance for book fair. So I consider that to be their money. And I let them spend their money however they like (within reason, people, within reason). We have a billion books at our house, but it isn't very often that I buy them junk - fancy pens and pencils, posters - you know, carp. So they tend to lean toward that at the book fair. And I let them. But they have had teachers tell them things like...
*if they have enough money for a book they have to buy a book
*if they don't have enough money for a book (Chandler has tried to spend a dollar before) then they can't get anything
*they can't buy those items without a parent
And each time, these directions have irritated me. So, I don't put those restrictions on the students at my school. (If their teacher does, then that's on them, not me.)
2. I've had teachers tell students that they have to buy a book on their reading level. No if, ands, or buts about it. Are you kidding me??? It made me want to cry - a child with five dollars having to read out loud to their teacher a book that they desperately wanted - but the teacher telling them no because it wasn't a just right book. Sometimes, kids just feel better about reading if they can carry the popular book around.
My bottom line is that the book fair is a fund raiser for the library. So that means that the more money that is spent at it - either on books, posters, the junk, whatever - the more money is then earned by the library....for BOOKS or reading rewards or author visits or for participation of Reading Bowl or Battle of the Books.
While book fair can be annoying - for both parents and teachers - it is important to recognize that good comes from the book fair. Good that is good for all students at the school.
The end. I am now stepping off my soap box.