So even though I've had a pretty legitimate excuse for my extended absence from the blogging world...
(you know, hanging out in paradise)
....I have missed catching up with you lovely ladies - especially about Daily 5. We're finally getting to the gooooood stuff!
First of all, I want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all of you who have not only left sweet comments regarding our Daily 5 conversation but also those of you who so willingly offer up so many great Daily 5 freebies! My next goal is to get more inventive and have some of my own tangible goodies to offer. Until then....all I've got are my ideas.
I hate that I've missed the last few chapters but I'm so glad to be back just in time for Read to Self, which just so happens to be my favorite component of the Daily 5.
When I read about Read to Self for the first time, I was reading it with kindergartners in mind....and I was veryyyyy skeptical. My kindergartners couldn't read at all and these ladies expected me to have them reading books completely alone, by themselves. We were ready to toss the book in the garbage right then and there, convinced that these ladies were obviously delusional.
But the most amazing thing happened....it worked. The three ways to read a book are no joke, and my kinders loved it! In fact, I really wish I had spent more time on that particular aspect of Read to Self when I was sprinkling Daily 5 in my Third Grade classroom this year. I mean who doesn't love to look at pictures and make up your own story about them? (This also is a great way to help students with writing, ie. picture prompts = creative genius.)
Something else that I love about this chapter is having students give examples and non-examples. I love to get my students involved in the teaching process. Not only do they better understand something when they're able to teach it, but my kids get tired of hearing me talk all the time. Hearing or seeing the same thing from a peer can change the whole meaning of it.
One thing that I would maybe suggest easing into (especially for those of you that are so much like me and have a hard time letting go) is choosing where to sit. When I helped launch Daily 5 in Kindergarten, we launched Read to Self in two parts. The first part was the basic launching of what Read to Self looks and sounds like. Once we had practiced that for a while (in our own assigned seats) we talked about other appropriate spots in the room where we could Read to Self practiced choosing and reading in those spots.
I know I said I didn't have any freebies yet, but I did find this on my computer from when I student taught. For graduation, we had to do a leadership project and I did a cross-level Daily 5 parent night, focusing specifically on Read to Self and Work on Writing. These are bookmarks I made for kids (and parents) to take and use at home. They're not super cute, but they get the job done. I even put some in my room for my kids this year.
I hope you're all having a marvelous Monday! Stay posted for Chapter 5 next week!
P.S. Don't forget to head on over, link up, and hear what everyone else has to say!