I have been using the following things for too long as reason why we can even attempt certain things, so for the last time EVER here are my excuses:
- Of 20 children 11 of them turned 5 in May, June and July.
- They are so desperately behind!! Only a handful came to school being able to pick out their name, and of that handful only a few can WRITE their name
- I have 3 MAJOR behavior problems- read children who are violently attacking others, themselves and are a major disturbance to the class
- I am OVERWHELMED!!
I am preparing to start the Daily 5 with my kids. We are going to work over the next 3-4 weeks (until Christmas break) on read to self. It might sound long, but these kids are going to need this baby steps and when they blow me away, we will add read to someone ;) Now we have been working on whisper voice and what that looks like while I pull one or two back to my table. With the young age has some a lot of squabbles that I am not used to having so we have been working on "school manners". Think how you listen, how you ask for something, how you sit next to someone with out disturbing them, etc. So we are starting to get a quite voice (#1 whisper voice- we have a school wide system). So here is what I need help with... I need advice on what materials to have in the kids book boxes, they know only a handful of letters and maybe 3-4 sight words. I don't have a TON of extra time on my hands because I am working on my masters. Suggestions... battle scars you want to share... or how about things you learned while starting Daily 5??