This week we have been learning about 1 of our Daily 5 components, Read to Self. We created an anchor chart (a chart that goes on our wall to remind us of what we talked about) with our 5 expectations which are:
The infamous tractor chair
Get started quickly
Read the whole time (nose in a book)
Stay in 1 spot (use super glue)
Read quietly (shhhh...)
Build stamina (think about push ups)
You'll have to ask your child what push ups are all about. Then ask them what stamina has to do with them and reading. :-)
Reading on Mr. Poochie-wah
On Friday, we talked about finding a just right spot to read. We talked about how just right spots are comfortable and let you be a reader. We then tried out different spots in our room to see where we were most comfortable. We tried out Mrs. Malchow's wheelie chair, the tractor chair, laying on the floor, using pillows, reading with lapboards, going under tables, and more. We then talked about how the coolest looking spots aren't always the best spots. Allie said she really liked reading under the tables, but Ayden said he kept bumping his head. Tyler said he didn't like reading by the cupboard because it was too hard and uncomfortable while Grayson said he loved it because he could lean up against the cabinets.
While we were trying out spots, we also worked to build our stamina for reading. Our first few attempts didn't take us far, we were able to read for about a minute. By the end of the week, we had built our stamina up to be able to read for 6-10 minutes. Having a comfie spot really seemed to make a difference for us!
Comfie on the floor
After trying several spots we wrote about our favorite spots as well. (Click on the slideshow below to see our writing.) The writing mini lesson revolved around using finger spaces between words so you will notice pink or green highlighter tape between the words as we used that as a visual to see if our spaces were large enough. When viewing, click on full screen and hover your mouse across the bottom by the controls, you will be able to see the caption of what each child wrote.
Where is your favorite spot to read? Leave us a comment and let us know. We'd love to hear some more suggestions!