be to be able to begin to Read to Self?
consider “Read to Self.” At the beginning of the year, my students
may be reading the pictures and retelling the story without actually reading
the words. I feel that October/November is a good time to actually expect my
students to “read the words.”
that I will be able to teach enough strategies with CAFE to encourage good
reading. I also think I will spend a lot of time with small groups teaching
tracking and other important emergent reader skills. I don’t think I will be
conferencing as much before January.
as a reader whether they can read the words or not?
These young children cannot and will not
learn to read by handing them a book and telling them to read to themselves. I
plan on having my assistant and myself read with small groups often. This is
where we will encourage confident readers. I also feel teaching students actual
reading strategies will help them gain the confidence to read.
in Kindergarten? How will you go about it and what are some ways to make sure
it is Kinder friendly?
past year. AND THEY DID GREAT. The loved it. I was the nervous one, not them. I
think they liked the freedom it gave them. I literally did what the book said
to do. I modeled, modeled, modeled…
and used the charts and then I had to just trust them.
before and after read to self time. They need to move and make noise. When I
give them a positive outlet to do this, they did it when they were supposed to.
this IS important? What can we do to encourage the ones who do not value it and
create disruptions for others?
taught does what I ask happily. They typically want to please me. More so, when
we are creating and discussing our i-charts, we talk about why we are doing
this- Read to Self. Most students are more than happy to enjoy a book quietly
than complete an assignment. (I have work ready for any student who cannot
handle read to self.)
their read to self time, they can and will be given work. This sometimes
backfires when we intro Word Work. I make sure my word work activities are not
just meaningful, but fun and engaging. “Seat work” for those who
don’t follow the rules is not.
twice. If I am consistent, they do not want this option and will not do their
unacceptable behaviors again.
sit and read for even 30 seconds, even at the end of the year. I encouraged his
parents to “blanket train” their child. Obviously this student had
huge attention span issues. I got the idea for my own child from Michelle
Duggar, mother of 19 children. This is what she does with her toddlers while
she is homeschooling her k, 1, 2 children. I did this with my toddler when she
was 2 and it worked. I wanted this student to be able to maintain a location
before I can expect him to maintain reading.
kinders? How often will you do it? When will you do it? What are some different
ways to check in?
students unless they no longer engaged. I like to learn my students and
anticipate when I know they will “loose” their focus and check in
right before they actually do. (It’s
like stopping calendar time to wiggle when you students are no longer able to
sit and listen.)
also teach my students to check in with each other, so I don’t have to
“led” the check in each time. This is fun for them as well.
song on their way back to the carpet to check in. This helps with getting
wiggles out. I know other teacher who use nursey rhymes to get students back
or have experienced? How can we be proactive about these issues?
surprise you. YOU can’t anticipate everything. I love to see how creative they
get to get what they want. I wonder what they will do? Hummm…. I will be ready to laugh. Then we
use it as a teachable moment.