We will be creating many books in kindergarten.  Your child will acquire quite a collection of them by the end of the year.  I thought I would give you a little information about how we use them and what to do with them when they come home.
How are the books used at school?...
Each child has his or her individual book.  These books will be smaller versions of books we read together.  In these simple books, students learn to recognize and read sight words (our word wall words) and understand punctuation. We also look for the letter of the week we may be learning about. 
We read the book together in Shared Reading.  The students then color and find words, letters, and punctuation in their books. They read them with their reading buddies and friends in their class. 
What should I do with them when they come home?...
When they come home, have your child read it to you or with you.  Sign the book and return it to school.  Your child will receive a sticker on their book and a treat.  The books will be sent home.
What do I do with them after that?...
I would suggest you create a special place for all the books your child will bring home.  A Gallon Ziploc bag is a good storage idea, but a sturdy box with a lid would be best.  You could use a shoe box, a plastic storage container...anything that will hold several small books.  You may even want to decorate it together.  Keep the box of books near your child's bed, perhaps, and get them out often.  Your child will feel successful about reading these stories over and over again.  They are repetitive and usually follow a pattern.  The books could be thematic or focus on a letter or sight word that we are working on.  Whatever you do, don't throw them away.  They are awesome tools for review, so use them and make it fun.

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