Hi there! Welcome back! For chapter 4, we are linking up with Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business! This is such a fun chapter!
Our things to think about while reading~
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? I would like to start it within the first month of school. My students come in knowing very little to no English so I want them to build some vocabulary before they are on their own. My students will start out with predecodable books and simple decodable books.
2) How will you make sure that each child views him/herself as a reader (whether they are reading words or not)? I want to teach the "How to read a book" multiple times and stress the importance of reading to my students, so they understand the importance of reading. I think if students know how to read a book and why its important to read that they will view themselves as a reader. I will also do frequent assessments to ensure they are growing in their reading skills and share their growth with them and their parents.
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 want to start from the very beginning that every child can read. I love teaching them that when they are reading environmental print they are reading. Their faces are priceless when they realize it and consider it reading too! I start off with a bulletin board with environmental print that has some local images that students often can read. I invite them to bring in words that they can also read and post on the board. I like the idea of having it in a book for students to read in the class library too!
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 will model good and bad reading behavior so that everyone is held to the same standards. I love the examples in the book and hope to mirror that in the classroom. If students know that reading is important they will get so much more from reading in the classroom. I will stop the reading time immediately in the beginning until students are able to handle the 3 minute increments. I believe that it is vital in the beginning to take baby steps and add slowly.
5) How valuable is Checking In and Reviewing with kindergartner's? How often will you do it? When will you do it? What are some different ways to "check in"? My goal is to check in with each student on a weekly basis. Some students will require more time and need to be worked with more than once. I will track each conversation in my assessment binder. I like to have a "password" or "ticket" to recess where students have to spell, read, say a word, letter, or sound on their way out the door. Its fun and they look forward to it. Often times they ask me for a "hard" word at the end of the year lol.
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? I struggle starting because my students barely speak English and I am focusing on so much vocabulary development and growth. I would love to figure out how to mesh the two together!
I'd love to hear your thoughts!