We want Book Clubs to be a great experience for kids from start to finish, so closure is an important part of what we do. Here's what to do in your last meeting of the year:
1. Look Back
Lead your group in a conversation to process this last year, sharing:
- Each person’s highs and lows from the year
- Something each one of you learned
- How each person has seen themselves grow/improve (if kids can’t think of how they’ve grown, you can tell them ways you’ve seen them grow either in their reading, attitude or behavior!)
2. Look Forward
- Talk about the library, summer reading goals or other ways they could keep growing in reading over the summer!
- Talk about next year:
- Will you be able to do Book Club with them again next year? (If you can’t, that’s not a problem, just give them a simple reason why, i.e. “My schedule is going to be too busy next year”- that helps them not ever wonder if it was because of them.)
- Will they still be at this school next year?
3. Encourage and Give
- Give each student a verbal or written encouragement of the good things you’ve see in them and/or your hopes for them.
- Finish the checks on their bookmark and give them one last prize (unless they just recently got a prize in the last week or two).
- Give them a book to keep if you have one for them.
Thanks, and let us know if you have any questions!