I need to give you a little background information...go ahead and get comfy...
So I'm really starting to like this whole departmentalizing thing! I still get stressed out about all of the details sometimes, but I'm really enjoying being the reading teacher! I have a long way to go with the kiddos yet...but I'm already seeing growth in their abilities! So...all is well in the world!
During the first few weeks of school I was struggling a bit with my routine and even transitioning the children from their previous class to my class. In my heart, I wanted to do a read aloud when they first came into my room, but I was worried that I would not have time to read and get everything else done. I see each class for 80 minutes. I thought that the read alouds would have to be limited to short picture books due to my time limits. I struggled for a week or two and then decided that I wanted to expose my children to some quality literature. I was going through my library of chapter books and came across Junie B. Jones, which I love to read aloud, but I wanted something a little deeper. Amber Brown...great book...but wanted more content...Magic Tree House Series....okay...but I was really wanting something to talk about...to really connect with....something that might push their thinking a bit....and then I saw my worn out copy of Charlotte's Web. Without much thought, I took it to school and shared it with my kids. When they saw it, they said, "It looks old." So we talked about my worn out copy and I told them that some of my favorite books look like this...because I liked reading it so much that I read it several times. We compared it to their favorite toys and/or blankets. I started reading chapter 1, and they were hooked! You could literally hear a pin drop every time I read it to them. God forbid I skip a day, or stop in the middle of a chapter.
Today we finished reading Charlotte's Web. One of the kiddos asked, "Will we read part 2?" Some felt like there must be a sequel...love it! So next week we'll be using Jen's "On the Farm with Charlotte and Friends" unit to wrap up everything! It's such a great unit!
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I thought it would be fun to have the kiddos design their own spider webs and include a word in the web that described them, just like Charlotte weaved "Some Pig", "Radiant", "Humble" and "Terrific" into her web. Here are a few pictures of what the kiddos created...
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They're dying to know what our next book is going to be...I told them they'd have to wait until Monday!