I'm starting to not feel so bad about not posting all of the time.
Yesterday, I was able to catch up on reading through some posts and I actually felt better. Now that many of you are starting back, I'm noticing that you don't have much time either. This makes me feel a lot better.
I'm not the only one!
Anyway, I'm finally getting the kiddos settled in to a good routine. They are finally understanding me and I'm understanding them. I'm still working on a few who are not used to a school setting and making friends. They have a hard time keeping their hands to themselves and I still have some potty language going on.
Any parents who read this: It is not cute when your child says "doo-doo head", "crappy", "i gotta take a pee", any form of the word "poop" and definitely not "pissy".
Just being honest, it causes more of a problem in a classroom of 5 year olds than you could ever imagine. Then you have to go back and do damage control, stop them from laughing, from repeating what was just said, calling others the word they just heard...ahhhhh!!!
Talk to your kids about language that is inappropriate in a classroom setting!
****That is all****
Two weeks ago, we started the Daily 5. We talked about the 3 ways to read a book and practiced with Chrysanthemum. We talked about Good Fit books and read the 3 Little Bears and watched a video of the story (they were 2 different versions..which was very helpful). And lastly, we talked about our book boxes and how we should take care of the books that are in them.
Things are off to a great start. This past week, we started Read To Self. We made our I Can chart and modeled the right way to sit and read. I placed the students in spots around the classroom and we started building our stamina. By the end of the week, we were up to a solid 2 minutes.
The sisters were not kidding when they said this would take some time!
I did have to tweak one thing and I didn't notice it in the D5 book, but it is there. I had written on our chart, I can read silently. Meaning, no talking keep the words in your head. Ummm..what was I thinking?! Even I can not always read things silently and keep the words in my head. So we changed it to reading silently or with a quiet whisper voice and we practiced how that would sound.
So much better!
Our hardest part of D5, first off, me getting used to doing it every day...this is something I knew I would have to get used to. Secondly, the kiddos wanted to look at everyone and see how everyone else was doing. So we are working on squelching that. Here is a pic of the kiddos reading to themselves.
So my question to you D5 veterans - how do you manage your time with switching out books in kindergarten? Do you do it yourself or do you let the kiddos switch out books sometime during the day?
So far, I have gone to the library and used books from my room and placed them in their boxes, but when those get old, what do you do next? I want them to have their choice, so I'm looking for suggestions of how you schedule this.
I hope you all have a great 3 day weekend! I have been warming my couch all morning. Still in my PJ's, going through season 2 on Netflix of How I Met Your Mother - no clue why I never watched this show before. Hilarious!