We started centers! Centers are small-group rotations which focus on technology, reading, writing, math, and science. At this point, we are simply learning how to navigate. When the doorbell rings, we are expected to quietly and quickly clean up our center and return to our seat to listen where to go next. Once students get accustomed to this process, they will be able to read the wheel on their own to determine where to go next. You will undoubtedly be hearing about centers. It has always been a student favorite. As the year progresses, we will begin guided reading and I will be pulling small groups based on what their strengths and needs are in reading.
"The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn
"Families, Families, Families" by Suzanne Lang
"I Like Myself!" by Karen Beaumont
"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff
"Seven Blind Mice" by Ed Young
"The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!" by Mo Willems
A note to parents:
I have noticed that some students are able to read words and phrases. I encourage all of you to continue reading with your child at home in any way you can. Read to your child at night. Have your child read to you. In English or your native language if that is not English. Reading builds vocabulary. One very important thought from your teacher: reading is decoding words as well as gaining a deep understanding of what the story was about. I encourage you to ask your child questions before, during, and after reading. Can you tell me what happened in the story? What would you do if you were the main character? Would you change the ending? etc. Please let me know if you ever have any questions!