At Back to School Night – I always have a Mystery Reader Sign-up. This is one of those ideas that if you aren’t doing it – you should start this year! A Mystery Reader is a surprise visit from a family member (moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts, etc). They bring a favorite picture book to read. One of my traditions is I always let the child sit next to the family member as they read. It is such a grand moment! I have had students from previous years come as Mystery Readers!
I like to set up a specific day and time period for Mystery Readers such as Fridays afternoons. I write in the dates available on my sign-up form. (see below) It is easier on my planning! Next, I transfer the information from the sign-up form to my reminder slips. I clip these on to my lesson plan pages – ready to go when it is time.
I will schedule only one Mystery Reader per Friday. Here is a download of my Mystery Reader flyer and reminder slips:
A few of the amazing mystery readers from my classroom: