Chapter 1- pg 5, The quiet, calm hum to the room. When kiddos are busily concentrating on reading and writing, it's the sweetest thing. It's why I love teaching and makes me a little teary-eyed.
A couple of sweetie-pies during Read to Self
pg 10, Richard Allington suggests that children should spend a minimum of one and a half hours a day reading in school. That's why we're there. I take it very seriously that it's my job to teach children to read. Children who are blessed with families that read with them at home have a bonus. Parents shouldn't be expected to teach in the evening, just enrich lives with happiness, fun and love. Oops, got on my soapbox...
pg 13- Daily 5 relies on the teaching of independence. Our routines, structure and community building are launched on day one so kiddos know what to expect.
At first, it bothers kids (and some parents) that I expect children to use information they already know. I only have to say, "I don't tell kids how to spell," a few times at the beginning of the year. We practice stretching words out daily. My favorite is when someone asks, "Can I get reading book 2? It has a word I need."
Coming soon- my thoughts on chapter 2!