How to use book clubs as a teaching tool

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How to use book clubs as a teaching tool

Many kids love starting their own book clubs, whether it’s after school, on weekends, or during the summer. I particularly recommend book clubs for kids who might not have found their love of reading yet, because when they read they do so independently and kids love the social aspect of reading. So if we can take something that’s always been an individual activity and make it social, then the kids get greater benefits academically but also socially. So if the kids can find peers that read the same kind of books that they like to read, family members, friends, neighbors – anywhere from two to five or six kids, probably more, can find a book club, so the kids can read together, they can come up with questions, they can discuss the books together. That will deepen their love of reading, also build academic skills and build no division and enthusiasm for the activity. Because it’s no longer a solo activity, it’s now a social activity.
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Steve Reifman is a National Board Certified elementary school teacher, author, and speaker in Santa Monica, CA. He has written several resource books for educators and parents, including Changing Kids’ Lives One Quote at a TimeEight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8, and Rock It! In addition, Steve has created a series of shorter, e-book resources for educators, including The First 10 Minutes: A Classroom Morning Routine that Reaches and Teaches the Whole ChildThe First 30 Days: Start Your School Year with 4 Priorities in Mind, and 2-Minute Biographies for Kids: Inspirational Success Stories About 19 Famous People and the Importance of Education. He is also the creator of the Chase Manning Mystery Series for children 8-12 years of age. For Teaching Tips, articles, and other valuable resources and strategies on teaching the whole child, visit and subscribe at  subscribe to his “Teaching Kids” YouTube channel, check out his two professional development courses for educators on, and visit his Teachers Pay Teachers page.

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