(Translation: Reading is POWER!) I
I am on a mission!….ok, again, but still!
As I’ve taught Spanish 2 over the years, I’ve asked myself countless times why my students didn’t read more in Spanish 1. Now, I am find myself in the other set of shoes, looking at Spanish 2 in a different light. My entire class prep load this fall is nothing but varying sections of Spanish 1. (My system teaches Spanish 1 over the 7th and 8th grade years.) I decided it was time to be part of the solution so I’m building a classroom library!
After much perusal of Pinterest, I made some choices and am going head first into this project. I’ve been visiting local used book stores, collecting Spanish and Dual Language books as well as looking for a mixture of levels and topics as well. I would say that I’m off to a good start. After thinking things over concerning how I would like to put the library to use, I think I need between 75-100 books. I’ve collected approximately 20 books this past week with plans for more collecting throughout this summer. This is just a few of the books that I’ve found so far.
Being my crafty self, I need to add some flair to my soon-to-be library corner. I was walking through Michael’s with my latest weekly discount coupon burning a whole in my pocket when I found these letters. They are 9″ in height and plain white so to brighten them up, I went to the scrapbooking paper section. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find some paper that just screamed “BUY ME!” so I got some plain textured paper in my classroom colors to make it work. I painted the edges black to give it a shadow effect. I traced the letters laying backwards on the back side of the scrap booking paper. After cutting them out, I used Modge Podge to attach it to the letters. Once the base layer was dry, I pulled out my paper cutter and hole punch to tie the three papers together. I added another couple of layers of Modge Podge just to be on the safe side. I’m quite pleased with how these turned out.
(LEA means READ!)
Now for my BIG step in this library building process, I signed up at DonorsChoose.org and created my own project! EEEP! It’s a bit nerve wracking as you wait to see if there are people out there in the World who are willing to help you reach your goal. My fingers are crossed. However, I’ve decided today that I will continue to work on my library and if my project gets funded, I’ll throw myself a mini fiesta!
If you can, please consider supporting my library. No amount of donation is too small. If donating is not possible for you, you could share my project on Facebook or Twitter to help me get books in the hands of my students. Your help would be greatly appreciated. When I finally get into my classroom to set up my library, I will post a follow up to show you how it all comes together.