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Old 03-24-2018, 09:08 AM
 
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Do you send books home from your class library?

If not, why?

If so, how do you manage it?


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Yes, I do. I used to keep a log for students to sign-out the books, but that's when I taught 5th grade and could have someone "in charge" of checking the book in and marking it off. When I started teaching 3rd grade, I quit doing keeping a log.

I get most of my books at garage sales (cheap or free), Scholastic (free), and donated from students, so if a student takes them home and keeps them it's not a huge deal. I've had some return them a few years later when they (Mom or Dad) were cleaning out their room. My name is on the front of all of them, so there's no question about who they belong to.

All that being said, I have a stash of favorites that I'm not willing to lose, so I keep those in a separate cabinet with only my access. They're my read alouds, beginning of year books, etc... Nobody touches those.
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I let kids take them home. To me, books are meant to be read, and we want kids reading outside of school, too, so it's a no brainer.

I have a system where each kid has 2 paint sticks with their name on it. When they check out a book, the put their paint stick where their book was. Since they have 2 paint sticks, they can have up to 2 books at a time. When they return their book, they find their paint stick, which helps get books back to the right bins. I can also look at the paint sticks and say "_________, you still have a book." etc.

It doesn't work perfectly. Some kids still lose books. Some kids still check out books without using their paint sticks. Some kids return books but don't take out their paint sticks. Yes, I probably do still lose books each year. To me, it's a matter of weighing the pros and cons. I'd rather give kids opportunities to read, take books home and enjoy them, etc., then not let them. To me, that outweighs missing/damaged books any day.
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Yes, I let them take the books home. I have them show me the books when they borrow the book and when they bring it back. I find I rarely do not get the books back. Sometimes it might be a year or so later but they still come back.
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Taking home books on their independenct reading level to read each night is s district requirement.

I do the same as SusanTeach. I used yo have a system with cards in the backs of the books that they would use to check out books, and at the end of the year I had a list of about 15 unreturned books. I sent the list Jo e but the books were gone.

Now I don't keep track but I make sure each book has my name stamped inside the cover. I assume I lose the same number of books each year, but ignorance is bliss! And as long as they read them, it's all good.


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Old 03-25-2018, 04:47 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies so far! I always like to hear how different teachers run their classrooms.

I agree with everyone how important it is to read in the classroom and at home. I approach it differently though:

1. I set up an account on RAZ kids for each student to have access to ebooks on their level. (They all have internet access at home.)

2. Students are allowed to go to open check out times in our school library so they can check out two books on any day in addition to our regular library day.

3. Struggling readers are given books from the reading specialist connected to her group work with them.

For me, it's win/win because each year my classroom library grows for future classes to use and I don't have to worry about managing a checkout.
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:26 AM
 
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I don't because we have a school library the students visit weekly. Library books that are lost/ruined must be paid for by the parents or the school writes it off or something. One of MY books gets lost, that's $$ out MY pocket.
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I bought books cheaply when I was teaching. (retired now) So if a few do not get returned it was not a big deal. Almost every year I would receive a book or two in my mail box from someone in my previous class. I guess when they finally cleaned their room they found it did not belong to them. This always made me smile. An open and sharing policy worked for me.

I always said thank you when they returned a book. I bragged on them if they put it on the shelf where it belonged. I just had them arranged by genre.

I also had a basket with a sign that said hospital. That was where they were to put damaged books. By acknowledging that accidents happen they felt safe letting me know that the book they took home was damaged. This was better than someone else starting to read the book and then after several pages realizing something was not there.

I was always sad when a book was not returned. However if the books are not in the hands of the children what good do they really do? They really need more than class hours to enjoy reading.
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:44 AM
 
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As someone else said, sending home leveled books was a requirement in my school. At the beginning of the year, I sent a letter home stating this policy, and the book had to be returned the next day. If book was lost, parent had to pay or replace. Parents had to sign the letter.

I put my name in all my books.

Then, part of the morning routine was to put your take home book on top of your desk. If it wasn't there, you lost points, unless there was a really good excuse.

Yes, you lose a book or two over the year, but it wasn't a deal breaker for me. I really didn't want to add one more tedious checklist to my schedule.

Once, I had a kid return some books, two years later! They were cleaning out their bookshelf at home and discovered them.
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:49 AM
 
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We also have a school library and kids check out and take those books home. My library books stay at school. That said (and still get lost/ruined).

That said, if a student specifically asks, I say yes.


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Old 03-25-2018, 02:29 PM
 
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I am the reading specialist at a school were 95% of kids are on free lunch, 60% speak a language other than English at home, and about 10% are newcomer ESL. If kids work with me in any capacity they can borrow books from me. They can take them home or read in their classroom. I ask kids not to take more than one at a time but I know they do. I used to make kids sign out books and track that, but a few years ago I decided my biggest desire is for my students to read and have access to books so if someone has a mini-library of my books at home, so be it. My books are all labeled with my name so teachers return them if they show up in desk clean outs or class libraries. Occasionally I have students bring back a bunch of books at once. I actually lose very few books.

I shop garage sales every summer and people at my church bring me books a lot, so it isn't a hardship for me if my library shrinks a little. It just means I get to bring out new books!!
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Old 03-25-2018, 04:55 PM
 
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Where I work now, I would but the parents are able to just go out and pay it. At my old job, NO. Not because of the books. If you can't get a free book from the library or other avenues, it's not imo a teacher/school issue. That's a parent/student (as they become older issue).
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:50 PM
 
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same as Susan Teach (except for the first paragraph).
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