So, why is it low pressure? Everyone has a different level of ability to participate in one extra thing in their life. Just because our plates are full, doesn't mean we don't want to learn more about the journey of parenting.
The low pressure book club concept allows parents to participate in the book club at different levels:
- Traditional Route: read the book and come to book club once a week for 3 weeks
- Cliff Notes Version: read my chapter summaries and come to book club once a week
- Virtual Participation: read the book or the chapter summaries and participate in our google group online discussion
I first sent out a book club flyer to all the parents in the school and asked them to RSVP using my google survey. Our PTA purchased 10 copies of the book that will be housed in the library after the book club is over. I invited all the parents who RSVPed to participate in my google group for the book club. In this google group, we can discuss topics about the book and I can share related articles or stories.
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In the google group ahead of time and during our in-person meetings, I shared the outlines for each chapter that I created. That way, even if someone didn't have time to read the whole book, they could be a part of the conversation.
I had about 8 parents participate in the book club. They were all very enthusiastic and we had interesting conversations online and in person! I am hoping as I continue to host these book clubs, we'll get even more participation.