Here is the Listening to Reading section.
I have made a freebie file for you at the bottom!
1. Why should students be reading to someone?
I made the mistake of telling my class the had to EEKK only on their bottoms at first. I had to revise my plans and let my students sit on their bellies or backs as well. After all WHO CARES as long as they are “EEKK”ing and reading. Allowing my class to sit in many different ways allowed them to read longer than just on their bottoms alone. I also allowed partner reading in chairs.
Some teachers also give their students pillows or even pillow pets to encourage the fun!
I recommend picking the ways you are going to be okay with from the start and let you model those examples. I am also planning on taking pictures as examples of the right ways to EEKK and the wrong ways to EEKK. Our babies need the visual reminders!
We can never assume our sweet Kinders KNOW how to read to someone else or that there can be many different ways to read to someone. I think we have to show them each and every way. I found that some ways work better for some students.
I model each way each day of the week. So on Monday we may do reading on our bottoms, Tuesday Bellies, Wednesday Backs, Thursday Chairs, and Friday Free Choice.
I also allowed by Kinders to talk about the book and the pictures. They are checking for understanding and enjoying the book together. I was so proud of how much they enjoyed this part and never took advantage of it. Although I didn’t include it on the list, keep this in mind.
One thing I had to do was find places in the room that allowed “EEKK”ing and those that didn’t. I found out quickly my loft wasn’t a good place for Reading to Someone. I had to reserve that space for Reading to Self.
I also had to show students how to choose Read to Someone from the choice board. Just because someone is reading to self, doesn’t mean they want to partner read. I didn’t see this problem coming. I had to explain that if your choice was under Read to Self, no one could come ask you to read with them. If your choice was under Read to Someone and no one was ready for that choice yet, find a spot and other can come ask you to read with them when they see your name by itself on the choice board.
I made a set of all the posters listed in this post together for you, along with some blank versions to fill in as you need to.
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I can’t wait to see all your answers to learn from you all!
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