I am getting so excited to implement this program in my classroom this fall. It seems so right... so necessary for my little kiddos.
I'm excited to create a bit larger 'gathering space' for my class to meet before, in between and after our reading time. I want to make it comfortable, easy, clean and inviting. My room is not very large, however, I think rearranging a few pieces of furniture might give me a great spot. I plan to hang the I PICK poster along with the Daily 5 posters and 3 ways to read a book in this gathering spot. I also loved the idea of thumbs up over our heart. I made a little reminder for the kiddos that I want to refer to throughout the year during our reading time.
2nd graders are big with graphing so I thought... let's graph our STAMINA. I made the chart to reflect each week so we can watch our progress and celebrate ;)
Something I'm still thinking through is the musical signal. I use clapping rhythms during the entire day to get my student's attention... but I'm thinking that I'd really like a different sound to make the Daily 5 special. I've been looking at these music wands and trying to decide if they might do the thing... I'd love to hear your words of wisdom ;)
I'm keeping my eyes open for book boxes. I've noticed disposable boxes that the kids can decorate and 'make theirs' for the year in the many teacher magazines we all receive. I've also traveled to Staples and Office Depot. I'm hoping that Target might produce some lovely colorful, plastic boxes this year in the $1 / $2.50 spot ;)
This was a fabulous chapter... if you haven't breezed through the pages... you still have time. Then be sure to hook up and share your ideas with Anna.