Back to the kindergarten today! YAHOO! I love working with my little readers. We’ll start the “book club” today. Last week I assessed the students. It’s great to be a librarian with a reading specialist certification. I actually think that ALL elementary school librarians should have advanced training in teaching children to read.
The assessment results showed that out of 87 kids, 29 are already reading. Of those 29, 9 are reading at a mid-first grade level, 11 at an early first grade level, and 9 at the word-level. Today I will work with the 20 readers (the first 2 groups). I will give each a reading journal and show them how to pick books at their “just-right” level. They will do a page in the journal each week. Work will happen in the classrooms and we will meet once a week to share it.
Instead of regular lessons, I will go to students’ classrooms and we’ll look at the books in teacher’s libraries so I have teach them the “Goldilox Method” and the “Five Finger Rule” for picking “just-right” books.
The day is done! The work with the kinders was WONDERFUL! They are all very excited and it was sooooo fun to teach them in their own rooms. The teachers all watched the lesson and I think they now have a better idea of how to help children pick “just-right” books.