Saturday, February 18, 2012

Book Nerds!

Reading is one of my favorite ways to spend my free time (albeit I do not have as much free time as I would like).  Since I was quite young I've been a book nerd.  Some (my husband) might say that I'm extreme in my reading pursuits, but I do not let the naysayers deter me.  Rather, as a teacher I'm given the opportunity to create more young book nerds!  

That being said, there is a wonderful shop on Etsy that makes a book nerd charm necklace that I purchased for myself and my sister - a fellow book nerd. I  wear my book nerd necklace everywhere, and refer to myself as a book nerd regularly with my students.  They've amazed me, as always, and have begun referring to themselves as book nerds!  In their writing they'll include something about how their book nerds.  When they are done with an activity early they'll start reading because, as they'll later tell me, they're book nerds.  Their willingness to identify themselves as book nerds inspired a new area in my classroom.  
Necklace in question:

By this time of the year I'm rather lacking in free wall space, so the door has now become our book nerd nook.  There we are letting everyone know that we are book nerds.  I'm trying to keep track of some of our read alouds, author studies, figurative language and such on the door as well.  Our door is commented on regularly by others in the building.  AND, all of my students can spell "book nerd" perfectly!

 With some new additions: 
The white board announces what or who we are currently reading.
This year I'm experimenting with the whole book nerd theme, by next year I hope to have a plan in place to really inspire my students to become book nerds!  I want my students to know that reading is awesome and it's cool to be a reader.  Maybe by embracing my book "nerdiness" I can inspire second graders to become true book nerds.  Hopefully this early exposure to the term "nerd" will at least inspire a long term acceptance of nerds everywhere, and at best challenge them to become lifelong learners.  

To book nerds everywhere,
Mrs. Castro Pin It


  1. OMG! I love your blog! It is so cute!! And your book nerd door is awesome. I have been wanting to set up some kind of book recommendation area of my room because I feel like all my kids do is reread the books I've read aloud to them. Our library is huge but no one ever uses it!! :( Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  2. I'm a new blogger too! It's kind of addicting isn't it:) Your blog looks great! I'm your newest follower! I hope you'll swing by my blog and start following me. I love sharing ideas:)

  3. Hi Tammy,
    Thanks for checking out my blog! I'm going to head over to yours right now. And yes, blogging is becoming an addiction!