When should we start reading aloud to kids? It should occur the same time that we start talking to babies. It is heart-breaking to hear teachers announce there is no time to read-aloud because some of those precious young ones sitting in classrooms were not read to as babies. They have not enjoyed the closeness and community reading aloud brings to families so how can well-meaning educators deprive students of something so precious and easily within the grasp of every teacher. What is easy to do is also easy not to do.
The first two weeks of school we read: Each Kindness, Ish, Edward the Emu, The Most Magnificent Thing, Enemy Pie, Fine, Fine School, The Golden Rule, Ninja Cowboy Bear, Scaredy Squirrel and The Invisible Boy. All are great community builders except Edward the Emu I just threw that in for fun because I like reading it with an accent 🙂 They have made many connections using these books as springboards. After reading Scaredy Squirrel we wrote about our fears. One student shared that he was afraid of dying. I feel so blessed that he felt safe to share that with the class. I think the community building books really brought everyone together. I am going to strive to start each day with one if at all possible.
Our first chapter book was Betsy Duffy’s How to Be Cool in Third Grade. At the end of the day we gather on the carpet and entered the world of Robbie York who is writing out the steps to his plan to be cool in third grade. He soon learns there is more to achieving a goal than simply writing it down. We all need to be reminded of this from time to time.
Daily 5 is up and running and my class is absolutely awesome, 22 eager learners! They are already up to 15ish minutes in Read to Self and about 10 for Work on Writing. We are
I have two grandkids that live far away so of course I read to them whenever I can which isn’t very often so I’m reading books on Youtube too.
I hope the start of your school year was oh so smooth,
and your troubles were few as you find your groove,
May reading aloud be a daily treat-
for developing readers it can’t be beat!