Here is a small picture into how I do the Daily 5!
I do 8 literacy stations each and every day for about an hour and a half in the mornings.
Here are my stations:
1. Read to Self- using book baskets
2. Read to Others- using book baskets
3. Listening to Reading- I provide several listening stations based on what we are learning
4. Word Work- letter and sound work from that week’s letter
5. Writing- handwriting practice this early in the school year
6. Teacher- I work with small groups everyday to teach them to read
7. Learning- my assistant works with a small group on learning skills as well
8. Technology- iPads and iPods with reading/phonics/letter activities
Why? Well, for starters, I do not think K students become better readers without the assistant of their teachers. That is why my assistant and myself like to read and creative write with my students everyday. After all, I am still working on tracking text, turning pages, and using the picture clues on some students. It does not help young readers to read only with their teacher once a week. They need more from me!
Secondly, I also think students need to know how to use technology to read and how to turn the pages in an actual book.You can’t teach them one and not the other.
Also, I also think if I focus on handwriting in their writing station, I can work them up to great creative writing in the near future. My students write better in small groups, but work hard in handwriting here. By the end of the year, this will be an independent writing station.
So here were my exact stations today!
My assistant read through the Let’s Play Ball reader with her group before putting it in the students’ book baskets. My group also worked on playing a memory game with their new spelling words. We had to sound out each word and discuss whether it was matching or not.