October 20, 2014


I'm just stopping in quickly to show some pictures of how I display my student motivation board for my Books and Beads At-Home Reading Program!  Sharon K. writes: 

"Love it! Would you have a picture of how you display the bead collection/necklaces in the classroom?".

I have a bulletin board that displays student necklaces.  I purchased the necklaces from 8seasons.com.  They were SUPER cheap and work perfectly with Books & Beads!!!  I also purchased these cute little charms from 8seasons.com that say "I Can" on them so each student would start with something on their necklace.  I bought little star die cuts and wrote the students names on them.  I used a pushpin as a "hanger" for the necklaces.  

Students earn 1 red pony bead for every book they read.  Chapters books earn 5 pony beads per book read.  Students earn 1 very special star bead for every 100 books read!  We use Raz-Kids in my classroom as well as books from the class library.  Students are free to read any book they wish!

Want to do this in your classroom???  It's easy!  Click on the picture below to go right to my store.  Books & Beads is just $3.00 and the kids and parents LOVE it!!!


  1. I absolutely LOVE this!! I should have checked it out more closely at the beginning of the year and found a way to incorporate this idea into my Brag Tags! Love the display! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  2. I just nominated you for the Liebster Award! Visit my blog to see what to do next:)
    Kayla in the Classroom

  3. Hi Erin

    How do you check that they have actually read the book? In my class last year parents would say the kids had read the book but they couldn't even do a retell! Lol

    Interested in hearing your method :)

    1. Hi there!
      My kids use Raz-Kids as part of their at-home reading program so I can follow their progress through my teacher dashboard. Other than that, it really is just the honour system. I would really like to think parents are initialling their child's book because they have actually read the books but I can see your point. I guess in the end, the child's reading progress will speak volumes!!! Good luck :)

  4. Hi, Wondering where you purchased the chains, beads and "I can" medallions on your necklaces? Love the integration of math and reading ;)