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Sleeping Bag Readathon

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Our third grade teachers and I periodically have a Readathon. This is an afternoon of nothing but reading. The kids bring in bags of reading material: books, comic books, magazines, etc., their sleeping bags or blankets, and a healthy snack. We spread the desks out to clear the floor, put down our sleeping bags, take off our shoes, and read, read, read. No talking is allowed, just reading. About half way through the afternoon we take a break, eat our snacks and share what we've read so far.

Very often a child will keep us hanging, leaving us at a very exciting or mysterious part of the book they're reading. This is especially good on a dreary or snowy January afternoon. We repeat the Readathon in the spring outside, using picnic blankets. The kids love it! But REMEMBER teachers - to read also, and set a good example. This is a perfect opportunity to catch up on your own reading, even if it's just the daily newspaper or magazine.

Before the event, we send home a flyer explaining what the children are doing. The kids often take off their shoes and really snuggle up with a good book.


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