While stumbling around the internet i found this blog with a great day by break down of how they introduced the daily 5 in their classroom. This has been really helpful and we have started doing it their way. We are practising daily and slowly increasing our stamina. We started at only being able to read for a minute and a half and can now manage a great 4 and a half minutes.
We are tracking our progress and the children are starting feel the challenge and get upset f i don’t update the chart instantly.
Lots more practise is needed but hopefully we can get up to 10 minutes so I can start reading with children.
We have a couple of problems and I would love some ideas on how to solve them.
- Children who don’t even start reading?
- The placing of children is still troublesome for us as we don’t have a lot of nooks and crannies and they love to talk if they can see each other.
- Children who want to get more books.
I’m also struggling as i don’t have a lot of books for them to read, being a new classroom at the end of the school year. This means i have to borrow books from the library and our ‘guided’ reading books and early readers are not enough to give them 10 minutes of reading time. A problem to solve for next year. Maybe a trip to find some little Free Libraries and scope out charity shops and car boots for books.
If you have any suggestions i’m open to hearing them.