Thursday, July 5, 2012
Daily Five Book Study: Chapter 4 & a Freebie
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?
This has been one of my major thoughts while going through this book. When can I start this? I would honestly like to start this our first full week of school! I am lucky to be in a system where our kiddos have a staggered week the first week of school. We just have 4 or 5 students each day. This helps us to get to know the kiddos on a personal level and see them interact. We are also able to give BOY tests easier because you only have a handful of students. So after that first week, all the kiddos are back for their first full week and I see no reason why I can't start it off with that first simple lesson of 3 ways to read and choosing that good-fit book.
2) How will you make sure that each child views him/herself as a reader (whether they are reading words or not)?
I think the lesson where we model the three ways will help a lot! Many don't realize that they are already reading a book because they are looking at the pictures and figuring out what's going on. Whether they can read the words or not, if they understand the pictures they are reading. I also LOVE retelling stories. I made it a literacy station last year for the first time and the kids had so much fun. I made props for a few of my books and some just had little beanie animals that matched the characters and the kiddos LOVED it too. Knowing that they can retell a familiar story really helped build confidence.
Here is a great pin from Kindergarten Works with retelling props, click the picture to get linked to her page.
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"?
I have been following Erica over at Sprinkles to Kindergarten and she has some great posts on how she started the D5 in her kinder classroom. You can click HERE to go to her last post and it has links to the others.
I think the best way to launch Read to Self in a "kinder friendly" manner, is to keep it simple. Keep the lessons short and sweet in the beginning. Not only build up their stamina for reading, but their stamina for listening. Also, make the lessons interactive. Let the kiddos help you with the Anchor Charts, follow what the sisters say and write their names by their ideas (give them the credit). One thing I don't think I'll do is let the kiddos model the wrong way. With our new PBIS system, even they say DON'T let them model the wrong way. Teachers should do it, because then it seems silly for an adult to do it, so why should they. I think reinforcing the positive is the best way to get good results from these lessons. Lastly, and most important - BE CONSISTENT! And in all honesty, this will be hard for me. I am the first to admit that I'm not always consistent but I've got a lot of things going this year that will keep me that way....or at least they better.
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?
We have always valued reading in our classroom. I read to my students everyday. I read picture books, read-alongs, chapter books and what I've really enjoyed doing lately is reading books to go along with some movies that the kiddos might have seen. We make comparisons (yes, in kindergarten!) between the two and sometimes they see that book is SO much better. They never would've known if we hadn't read the book first.
With D5, I think I will start with a book that has several versions - like The Three Bears or Cinderella. They will get to see another reason why it is important to read, because not all versions are the same.
Also, with PBIS, it will be easy to reward the positive behavior going on in the classroom and hopefully get ALL kiddos on board with creating a peaceful atmosphere during Read to Self. I also think, these are the kiddos that you need to conference with right away to find out their interests and find better good-fit books for them. It could be that they don't have books that interest them. I know it's harder for boys. I've tried to find a lot of interesting books for them...reptiles, dinosaurs, trains, cars, trucks...my favorite and theirs has been "Charlie's Superhero Underpants". I think I need to get a class set of this book because they LOVE it!
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"?
I think it is very valuable. It give the kiddos a time to talk about what they did right and what they can improve. It gives the teacher time to track stamina and review the rules. I think once good stamina is built I will do it every 15 minutes and eventually at the end of a 30 minute reading block.
I do agree, in the beginning, that you should check in whenever a problem is noticed. For that check in everyone should come back to the carpet (or whatever I decide to call it) and review the correct ways.
I also think that you can do a quick check in while the students are still sitting in their area. Just a quick ring of the chime and have them give the thumbs up or thumbs sideways depending on how they are acting. This is an easy quick check for the teacher.
Oooh..I just had a great thought...I LOVE post-it notes! Kiddos can check in by writing happy or frowny faces...or something like that...like I said, it was a *squirrel* moment that just popped into my head.
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?
The biggest problem that I see coming is a certain student bothering other students because of lack of interest. You can usually tell who that student is the moment they walk in your door. The best way to be proactive is to choose where the students sit at first. I really like this chart (again from Erica at Sprinkles to Kindergarten, click the pic) that has a way to assign students a place to sit at first and then students can later choose for themselves.
Another problem will be kiddos going through their books too quickly and then shouting out "I'm Done!" That's where building stamina comes in and reminding students at check in the importance of looking at the pictures, reading the words or retelling the story slowly to remember what happened. I think it might also be good to have a few kiddos at each check in tell you a little about their story to see how well they are "reading" thoroughly. This is also a good way to help them work on answers in sentence form.
I am really excited about getting this started this year. I really like that it can correlate well with the Common Core. There have been a few skills that I've been worried with how to incorporate them. They are skills that we do everyday, but I've never made a lesson of them. Reading to Self can really help incorporate these new lessons for me.
I'm working on a Back to School Pack with my Hollywood Style and I want to share a freebie with you. Here are my Daily 5 posters - Hollywood Style. Please feel free to download them and use for your own classroom..whether you have a Hollywood theme or not. Just click the pic.
If you are reading The Daily Five, be sure to stop by Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business to Link Up. Click her button to see other great bloggers give their opinions on Chapter Four!