I love the idea of kids having a Reading Notebook for the year. In it they can keep track of their reflections and progress over the year. Aimee Buckner’s book Notebook connections (Stenhouse 2009) gives many ideas as to how to start and work through the process.

Even young children can add their sticky notes to their notebooks and collect their reflections, as well as add mind maps and drawings to the notebook. Conferring with the teacher and parents will make it very useful.

The Reading notebook process teaches students to be reflective, when supported by the teacher, and moves them into metacognition with the teaching of comprehension strategies.

Amy focuses on reading “like a writer” and provide rubrics to assist the teacher. I suggest reading the book to get started, but plan for every child to start the year with a reading notebook!