Though I will give you a more detailed description next week of what we are learning in our classroom, I wanted to show you a few videos from the first few days. For reading and writing, I will eventually meet with individuals and/or small groups, but first, students must learn to work independently. To do this, we slowly build stamina working in these two areas. Through modeling and explicit instruction, students learn pretty quickly what is expected of them during this time. Each and every year, my students have practiced these expectations with success on the first day of school, but NEVER BEFORE have my students been able to read and write quietly for 5 minutes!! I was blown away by their ability to work for this amount of time the very first day. Please believe me when I say, this is NOT normal! See for yourself. It was absolutely silent!
On that note, I am going to end with a sweet story. After teaching my students how to read a letter sounds book, Quinn, a sweet girl in my room shouts out, "I feel like I can read now!" From the mouths of babes! This is my hope for all of my students. They should see themselves as readers whether they can read words or not. There is power in reading the pictures and retelling familiar stories. With this belief and motivation, I truly believe my students will be real readers by the end of the year. I look forward to being a part of this incredible learning journey!