I'm joining up with other kindergarten teachers at
for the Daily 5 Kindergarten book study.
I have not done the Daily 5 before. I'm thinking about implementing it next year. I took Tammy's worksheet for Chapter 1 and wrote up what I'm doing now and what I think I need to do for next year. Here is my thinking.
I know I need to change a lot for next year.
What does my literacy block like right now? I do a large group (well how large could it be with only 7 children) lesson on the letter/blend/word family that we are working on. Then I have small groups work with my educational assistants on sight words while I pull aside the children one at a time to read to me (their sight words) and pick a book to take home (they also read this to me). I also have literacy work stations that we do on an inconsistent basis.
My biggest challenges for next year will be in implementing the 5 areas with only 7 children. I'm also trying to figure out how I'm going to do some of the areas with the different needs I have. For example: how do I do "read to self" or "read to someone" when the child can't talk? I think we will have to do a lot of "internal voices" and augmentative devices. I will have one blind students: how do I teach him to read? Do you learn Braille like a sighted person learns to read? I have enrolled in an on-line course called "Introduction to Braille". I'm hoping it will give me some insight into what I need to do to support this child's literacy development. I will also have 2 new educational assistants (new to me). Will they be "on board"? Will they need to learn, like the children need to learn? Where do they fit into the areas? I have three children that will need assistance. Who should they help? How do they help without interfering?
I'm really looking forward to this method because I would like the children to have more control. The following year they will return to their home schools and many of them will not have the support that they will be getting in my class. I have to teach them to be independent.