Do you have your Guided Reading groups up and running yet? I do! As chaotic as this last year has been for my family, things are settling down now...especially since the adoption is final. I feel like a weight has been lifted. No more meeting with foster care worker, no more team meetings, no more calling case worker to let her know what's going on, no more hurrying around because NO ONE else could pick him up or even watch him....we are DONE people! It is final!! :-) I have has this last year to adjust being a mom to a newborn again. I must say...I still got it!
Back to business. I have completely revamped my schedule this year. One thing that changes every year is my specials time (PE and Music) anyway. This year I go very first thing to PE on M/TH and a different time to Music on T/F. I admit...has been challenging, but getting used to it. We have an hour each day that is "supposed" to be a sacred resource time. Each grade level is given a different hour. This is the time that students are pulled for resource or speech. Classroom teachers are to use that hour for guided reading groups/stations and no new instruction during that hour. Well, over the years I have realized, I don't need that hour! In Kindergarten, we don't have that many students that are already verified. So, few are pulled during that hour. What I found last year, was that my students could not handle the one hour of stations. Even with them changing stations. I was thinking that it was because D5. I did a 180 and went back to Literacy Work Stations.
This Summer I read "The Next Step In Guided Reading," by Jan Richardson.
I tried to keep up during the Summer, but honestly...just couldn't do it. My Freebielicious friends were amazing! I am going back through it now and am learning so much! I now break up my group/D5 time. YES, I am back to Daily 5! This is what my schedule looks like on M/TH and T/F.
I created this pack to use with Pre-A kiddos.
This pack is perfect for your Pre-A students. It includes activities for children who are not quite ready for traditional guided reading lessons because they know fewer than 40 letter (upper and lower). This pack includes activities such as: match letters in the bag, match letters to an alphabet chart, math upper and lowercase letters, sort by color, name letters left to right, and name a word that begins with that letter.
I just finished my latest pack. It's a guided reading companion. It can be used for guided reading lessons (Levels A-C).
It includes sight words appropriate for each level.
Picture sorts for word study. Initial consonants m, t, s, p and c
picture sorts for word study. Medial vowels a (long and short)
Cards for making words
Guided writing journals
I will be back later this week to talk more about Daily 5 and what I am using! :-) I think that this post is long enough already! Have a great week friends! I have conferences tomorrow and Tuesday and THEN a work day....well, that makes sense doesn't it?! A work day AFTER report cards are due and AFTER conferences are done. lol!