We will begin another author study next week: Oliver Jeffers. He is one of my favorite because, like Mo Willems, he both writes and illustrates his stories; which we will do as writer's in first grade! He also has great stories that draw you into the characters, make you laugh, think and just plain enjoy reading! Which is one of my goals along with being a good reader!
We will also gradually (very gradually) begin reader's workshop. We will talk a lot about what reading workshop should look like, feel like and sound like. I will write down those thoughts for us and post in the room so I can refer to them throughout the year. We will practice the "serious" and "silly" way to do reader's workshop. They have a lot of fun with this, especially the "silly" part. Then we will begin to graph how many minutes we can go following our guidelines. Eventually, promise, we will get to 30 + min!!
Book in a bag will go home in October. I will have been able to assess your child's literacy and be able to send the appropriate books home with them. Stay tuned!
And remember to read nightly!!!
Oliver Jeffers books:
Up and Down
The Great Paper Caper
The Incredible Boy Eating Book
The Way Back Home
Lost and Found
The Heart and the Bottle