In reading, we will continue to add minutes to graph: Read to Self, Read to Someone and Listening to Reading. I have already begun to pull small groups and individuals to work on reading and I will continue to do this as well during that time. During reading workshop I will also be starting to talk about reading strategies. We will start with some review from K: Look at the pictures and getting your mouth ready (for the beginning sound/blend). We will practice with some leveled books as a whole group and in small groups as needed. Even students that are reading higher level texts can still use these strategies to help them read. Many of them like to read picture books and most of them have words that sometimes are hard to read and pictures may help in decoding the unknown word. We will be working on those two strategies for most of next week. These are key words that you can use at home when you are reading with your child (look at the pictures and get your mouth ready), as these will be posted on the wall and they are sayings they will hear frequently from me!
In writing workshop, we will talk about the different parts of a story, very basic: beginning, middle and end. This will help them remember to write stories that have all of these components to make their reader happy! Each day we will talk and chart about what makes each part (beginning, middle and end) and read some great books to help us realize that we can be writer's/authors too! Just giving them a basic outline of what stories contain will encourage them to write "stories" and not a page. This may take some time to sink in :) So no worries, we will get there! I will also start working with small groups next week for writing, along with some one on one based on your child's needs.
Some books we will read:
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle
The Things I Can Do
Ike's Incredible Ink
Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
I'm Special. I'm Me.
Clara and Asha