As you may have seen before on my blog, I have converted my class to bookworms! Yes!! One of my favourite achievements of this academic year so far! 😉 We have been burning through books. They especially love Roald Dahl and Jeremy Strong.
Recently, they decided that they wanted to read The Queen’s Nose by Dick King Smith. We got about 30-40 pages into it and I could just tell they weren’t engaged or interested. I had a bit of a dilemma then. I didn’t know whether to keep going and teach that it was good to give a book a try so you can have a full opinion or teach that it was okay to stop reading something that you weren’t enjoying!
In the end I decided to give the children the choice. I explained that we could decide together whether we continued or try something else. The vast majority of the class voted for giving up (that didn’t surprise me!) We’re now back to reading a book with lots of funny moments in and I have my bookworms back again once more.
I hope I did the right thing but it certainly felt like I had lost their attention with The Queen’s Nose and I want to captivate the children in my class… not bore them. Perhaps that book was just not right for them.