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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Daily 5 Chapter 4

Oh my, I loved this chapter! I really feel like I'm starting to "get it" and with the detailed ideas on how to implement the parts of Daily 5, the little wheels in my head are really turning!

This chapter focuses on Read to Self. Which I've always done in my room, but since I never really taught them how to do this, you can imagine that I had several mostly off-taskers. They always got a book, looked at a few pictures, showed them to their friends, then went back to the library to get another book. They did this over and over and I would remind them to hurry and choose a book, but I was always scared to discourage them too much because I've always wanted my kids to love "independent reading" time. This chapter will really help me with those kids.

I also love the book boxes and giving the kids many books in their boxes from day one! That's awesome and I've never thought to do that. I've always just had one basket of books on each table that each child could choose from. So they were at least getting some free choice, but they never felt like they belonged to them. They were the table books.

I'm not ready to go back to school yet, but this sure gets me excited. I do have a few questions I need help with, though...

1. What about the books the kids get for guided reading? Do these go in a separate book box or bag? How do I keep these organized?

2. How long do I keep the books in their boxes? Am I missing the point? Should I not worry about that?

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  1. Great ideas! I have the kids keep any guided reading books I use in their book box. My kids know that they can always change out their books at the beginning of the day or the end of the day. Obviously we practice a LOT together before they do this on their own. Some of my students needed help with finding good fit books all last year.

  2. I'm enjoying reading your thoughts on the Daily 5. It's kind of like a refresher for me. :) I left my book at school for the summer, so it's great to be able to read about it online.

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  3. I let my kinders keep books for as long as they wanted (other than library). We did book trading weekly. If child loves a book so much and they reread the book over and over I say GOOD!

    We didn't put our guided reading books in the book boxes. We had other guided reading books from the previous series in the book box.

  4. I am so excited for you--I know that implementing the program will be wonderful! I am one of your newest followers! I would love to have you come by and visit my blog.



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