Back again for some more reflection and an update!
As I’m no longer next door to the library I’m thinking I need an official “library day”‘ to ensure my kids have plenty of “good fit” books. Of course I do expect them to be in the habit of returning and borrowing in their own time but as we know….. the kids who are at risk are often the ones who don’t find/make the time to do this. Consequently, without “good fit” books their read to self time and reading stamina is compromised. So I’m going to run with the library day idea until I refine it. I don’t want and won’t have kids out of the room selecting books in read to self time!! As yet it hasn’t been a problem, but perhaps it could be! I have borrowed a large number of picture story books as “extra choice” for everyone to enjoy. ( I would love a book case to store them in!) Work on Writing is going very well!. In addition to writing time I’ve added in a publishing session. This has been welcomed favourably by the kids and if they don’t want to publish … they just keep writing. At this stage I’m not mixing the publishing and writing session and won’t for some time.
I was really pleased to see one of my struggling” I don’t know what to write about” boys switch from copying text and cursive letters to a narrative. He asked me twice to read it and left it on my desk just to make sure I didn’t forget!
In Sue’s last session we focused on individual writing goals which I have recorded and the kids too have it on a sticky note. From this I am offering my first mini workshop tomorrow. We’re using a story starter to develop plot and descriptive vocab. Wish me luck!
Oh, and the reading folders are a hit with the kids!( thanks Upper Dept teachers)