Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Daily Five, Chapter 1: Introduction

Crazy to read the introduction to this book.

It seems to go along so well with Guided Math. Yesterday was about math, today is about reading.

18 months ago I saw The Daily 5 book while I was subbing in a kindergarten classroom. I loved it. When I got my own classroom in August 2011 I bought the book and started launching the five in my classroom. Kids loved it. It was meaningful. I loved that the students knew my favorite part of the day: reading. They wrote me notes about reading. We talked about why we read. The assistant who came into my room loved the time as well. When I would start to get annoyed about the noise, she would smile and remind me that the students were talking about books, reading books, and writing. Then I would calm down again.

Now, heading into first grade it is time to review and get pumped again. So, what did I take away from this introduction?

**Am I making sure that childrens' activities are furthering their literate lives?
**Do I manage the day? Or put out fires? (Definitely need to work on that next year, too many fires got to me while I was teaching.)
**Will I have meaningful conversations with each child every day, so that I have a specific comment for them as they walk out the door?
**Cannot wait to have focus lessons between each daily. That did not happen this past year.
**Students will be assuming responsibility as they learn. Just like in Guided Math.

I may have to pace myself as I continue to read this book. Hard to put it down again.

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  1. Yes dear Alyce, please be patient with yourself. Pacing is the key. You are so eager and I love that about you my friend. Deep breaths, if you choose, will help digest all that good reading material! :)

  2. Yes, it is hard to put the book down as I want to recall it all NOW as I revisit the book:) I actually closed the book and plan to take it out in a few days to reread Chapter 1 AGAIN because I always see something new.

    Welome back to first:)
    The Resourceful Apple

  3. Hey! I'm visiting via the Daily 5 book study. I'm moving to second grade next year after being in 3rd for fourteen years, and have decided to implement Daily 5 and CAFE. I am beyond excited!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  4. Thanks so much for linking up! Great post! I'm your newest follower ;o)
    Mel D
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

    1. Thanks for following Mel D! And hosting Chapters 1 and 2.


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