In my family, even the shortest car trip requires a traveling library. I love the fact that my kids are bookworms and try to encourage them to make use of time on the go to get some quality reading time in.
We’ve been working on improving reading comprehension, and I had developed a S.M.I.L.E. strategy to help them take meaningful notes while reading that can be reviewed before they give one of their required book talks for school. But this system requires a lot of supplies in order to use it, so I decided to create a reading kit that could be taken on the road with ease.
The kit includes color-coded post-it notes (each color for a different kind of note), pen for note-taking, bookmark reminder of the S.M.I.L.E. strategy, and a pocket dictionary for looking up new vocabulary words. All this is included in a zippered pouch that is big enough to also carry most kid-sized paperbacks.
Below is a link to the bookmark and S.M.I.L.E. strategy card PDFs in case you want to use the system. Simply print out and cut apart the bookmarks. For the strategy card, print out on card stock and attach square, colored post-it pads directly to the card, making sure not to cover the description. (See photo above for guidance).