Saturday, June 30, 2012

Daily 5 Chapter 4 Start Up: Read to Self

I am so honored to be hosting Chapter 4 of the Daily 5, Read to Self.  Although I have done pieces of Daily 5 over the past few years, this year, my team and I fully implemented the Read to Self aspect of Daily 5 and so I feel that I can really speak to this chapter and answer questions or concerns. 

When you first meet your "babies" (that is what I lovingly refer to the kindergarten children when they first join me), thinking of them "reading to self" for more than 30 seconds (let alone 30 minutes!) is a VERY difficult concept to grasp and believe.  But, with correct implementation, patience, and kindergarten tweaking (what we all do best!), it CAN be done and done successfully.

When the end of the year comes, you get anxious to clean up the classroom and I was so anxious to sort out those jam packed book boxes, but I just couldn't...Why, you ask? Because my students were so addicted to reading to self that I had to do it up until the LAST day of school!  After our last session, they couldn't believe I was "taking" THEIR books to put back in my library.  They truly felt ownership of  books.  Me taking THEIR books out of THEIR book boxes marked the true end of their kindergarten year.

Before you start reading this chapter, I wanted to start you off with some things to think about in regards to your own kindergarten teaching. Please feel free to discuss any or all of these questions...they are simply provided to get you thinking and share your ideas and experience with others:

1)  How far into the school year do you think kinders need to be to be able to begin the process of Read to Self?  What is realistic?  When do you plan to begin implementation?
2) How will you make sure that each child views him/herself as a reader (whether they are reading words or not)?
3) What are some ideas you have about "Launching Read to Self" in kindergarten?  How will you go about it and what are some ways to make sure it is "kinder friendly"? 
4) How will you/do you build the children's belief that this IS important?  What can we do to encourage the ones who do not value it and create disruptions for others?
5) How valuable is Checking In and Reviewing with kindergarteners?  How often will you do it?  When will you do it? What are some different ways to "check in"?
6)What are some problems that can occur during this problem (either that you anticipate with your kinders OR that you have experienced)?  How can we be proactive about these issues?

 Kindergarten children are very special people...we cannot necessarily take this book and implement in exactly the way that has been suggested, that is why we are doing this book discussion.  Let's really pull out some ideas that will help everyone be successful with implementing the Read to Self portion of the Daily 5 in kindergarten.  I can't wait to hear what you all have to say!  If you are ANYTHING like me, reading this chapter and attempting to visualize this in a kindergarten classroom at the beginning of the year could possibly overwhelm you (even just a little??). BUT, I want you to remember my mantra for this year and see if maybe it calms you even just a bit.  I even made you another poster if you'd like to grab it FREE:
Make sure you get your posts ready to link up or even just come back
and check the Chapter 4 posts on Wednesday!  See you then...

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  1. Hey Krissy, what happened to your Pete the Cat Unit? I wanted to get that :)

  2. All Pete the Cat had to be taken off of TPT :( They did a cease and desist

  3. ohhhh. oopsy! :) well it was good while it lasted. drats!

  4. For the time being, they are still listed at under Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business.

  5. Love the inspirational quote. I am definately going to have to slow down and trust the process.

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