Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Daily 5-It has been an amazing journey! Plus Freebie

Hello friends!
I can not believe we are already in May with 22 days left of school...NOT that I'm counting ;). The clock was on fast forward the whole year. I still can't seem to catch my breathe...whoa.

I have been doing Daily 5 for a couple of years now and have found that it truly addresses the whole child. It helps my students be independent and cooperative at the same time. It helps them become more responsible for their own work. It allows them to learn in an environment of self-discovery. When I look around my room, I see students actively engaged in meaningful learning. Above all, it allows me to pull students either 1:1 or in small groups to provide targeted instruction.

I'll be honest. I was ter.ri.fied of even getting started with my kinders after being gone from the grade for a couple of years due to looping with my previous class. I knew all the reasons why it works, but I found myself wondering where to even begin the journey. Most of my kiddos couldn't write their names, some knew few, if any letters or sounds to start the school year, and most struggled with fine motor skills. I simply realized that it would be a very slow process and that it was okay if it was. I took things very slowly and let my kiddos be my guide of how much they could handle and when. We did chug along (AND I DO MEAN SLOWLY) in our Daily 5 block of time.

It all seemed to come together sometime early April to what I consider an ideal situation. For the most part, my kiddos worked independently, but I still had to proctor the room between small groups to put out small fires or redirect my littles. Now my kiddos can function with very little supervision or redirection.

I purchase many of the resources I use for word work from some amazing TpT sellers. When I can't find what I need, I just make my own. I thought I would share some of the jobs (I don't call them games) my kiddos do during this time.

  This is our pocket chart for Daily 5.

 Word Work

 This Race to the Top game is combination reading and writing. This was back in December. They only had to mark an x in the box after they read the word correctly. Since January, they are required to write the word in the box. This a favorite one for sure! You may get a FREE copy of the forms I use each month by clicking here or the picture below.

Read to Self/Partner Read
                                              By Karen Jones
                                                         (Fluency Work for Emergent Readers)

Listen to Reading

Work on Writing
                                By A Teachable Teacher                                       By Tara West



 I know you hear it all the time, BUT this is definitely my kiddos favorite!! Well, what is it? It's Write the Room. I have two clipboards with a pencil attached (never gets lost) to them. Two students at a time can walk the room to find the read and write the words. They get to wear the theme glasses for the month and they just think they are all that and more. My kinders have gotten so good at using these words in their writing and have been able to pick up on patterns such as long vowels, ar, and -y at the end of words. It is amazing what I have witnessed in the last couple of months. I will be posting on their writing growth in another post. This job also does wonders for those kiddos that simply need to move a little more. 

                                                                                                              Some of the glasses they have been able to use.

The form is from my Write the Room May edition. This is a sample of the form we are using this month.          

I do have a Write the Room for every month available. The bundle right now is over 50%.
 That's only $2.50 per month.         

I really hope this has been helpful. Let me know what works for you.


By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
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