Pros and Cons of Greeting Books

If you follow my store and instagram you'll notice that greeting books are a big part of our daily routine in the classroom and are a big hit on my TpT.

On my TpT you'll notice that I have so many different levels of the greeting books. It's really important that you use the correct level with your student(s) - you don't want them working on something too easy and not pushing themselves but at the same time you don't want one that's so hard they'll feel self-conscious because they can't complete it.

In this blog post I'm discussing my newest Greeting Books which I just know will be a big hit in your classroom. These are a higher level where students are encouraged to write their answers each day with dry wipe pens. If a student is of this ability but struggles with letter formation you can always write the word for them in a yellow pen and then they overwrite in a black pen.

I feel that the pros of using greeting books in the classroom are:

  • They provide consistency for your students. They know that in the morning before work they will complete their good morning book, when they come in from lunch in the afternoon they will complete their good afternoon book.
  • It helps students become more aware of the World around them. This includes what day it is, what month it is, how's the weather, what season is it, where do they live etc.
  • It promotes independent life skills eg. what to wear in what weather, students are encouraged to pick appropriate clothing to wear in different weather experiences.
  • Their name. Do you know how many students actually never see their name written down or practice their name ? A lot! This is a great way to encourage them to learn more about themselves including using a photo of themselves and seeing if they are able to differentiate between a photo of themselves and a photo of someone else. 
  • It will help your students to get into work mode and help them focus on the  activity they are currently working on and prepare them for the work coming next.
  • The answers will differ day to day so students aren't able to 'memorise' the answers as such. I.e the changes of it raining 20 days in a row are highly unlikely. Every day is a different day and it will help them to recognise when a new month starts, a new season etc.
  • There are great opportunities for students to realise that just because it's sunny doesn't necessarily mean it's warm enough for a vest top and shorts - this will help students come more to understand about temperature etc too.
Well that all sounds great, right? So what possibly could be the cons? 
Well, prepare yourself, there's a few. If you look at the red writing beneath each 'con' there's some helpful information to try and make them a little bit easier to manage!
  • They take a fair bit of prep to put together. We're talking cutting, laminating, cutting, adding velcro, binding together as a book.
Once put together, they're not going to require any more prep really - unless a piece gets lost. Plus if a student outgrows it, you can just remove the cover and name section and keep it for another student - all you'll need next time is those 2 pages to add! For the binding I would recommend either bind together as a book or hole punch them and put them into small ring binder files - this has worked well for us and makes them that bit more durable.
  • After the student has completed the activity every morning/afternoon it does mean you have to reset it all - take all the answers back off. 
You could nominate a member of your support staff to do this task or if you have a high functioning student who relishes on chances to help out they can help a support staff put stuff away or even better, you can try and see if any of your students are able to put away the pieces of their own books at the end of each session - teaching them to tidy up after themselves.
  • Storage - you're going to have to stash them all somewhere safe where your students can't get hold of them.
Take it from someone who knows, you want these kept safe. You could have a 'greeting books' box somewhere and put the ones not in use in the box out of the way each session. I.E in the morning, once you have finished your good morning books, put these in the box and pull out the good afternoon books to set up ready for the afternoon, at the end of the day, put the good afternoon books back into the box and bring out the good morning books!
  • There's lots of little pieces which mean parts may get lost.
I would recommend printing out a couple of extra copies of some of the pieces of these greeting books so that they are always on hand. You can store them in a little pocket somewhere - maybe in the storage box. That way if a piece ever goes missing you can just grab an extra one of out the box - it's much easier/quicker than having to go back through the whole process of making it again!

So, below is my Greeting Book Bundle where you can see images from both the good morning and good afternoon books in action. 

Below you will find examples of what different pages look like when completed. This student doesn't cope well with it put into a book and prefers to have it all laid out individually but 99% of students prefer it to be bound together into a book format. 

The layout that I use with my students for the Good Morning book is:
  • My Name
  • My School
  • How do I feel?
  • What day is it?
  • What month is it?
  • What season is it?
  • How's the weather?
  • What should I wear?

The layout that I use with my students for the Good Morning book is:

  • My Name
  • How do I feel?
  • Where do I live?
  • When is my birthday?
  • How's the weather?
  • What should I wear?
You can pick and choose what order you would prefer the book to be in and you can choose if you want to leave anything out - it's entirely up to you.

Please note that this is the hardest option of greeting books, if you would prefer to look at my easier options please click here to be redirected.

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