First week of school over and have to say......it was one of the best starts of a school year I have ever had. I am so thankful to have found Daily 5!! I know it has only been week one BUT if the first week is any indication of how things will continue to go........I'm SOLD!!! The kids have been doing great with the Read to Self. I even had my roomie (teacher next door) have to come into my room at different times during the week and say " I walked in, and all Tara's kids are reading. They are all reading!!" That's a cool thing to hear. I can't wait until all 5 are taught and I can bring in CAFE. We had another book frenzy on Friday right before school let out. I think I will do this at the end of each week, giving the students the option to trade out all or some books. It was neat to hear the kids say "Mrs. Eiken, I'm not done with this one yet so I'm going to keep it" or " Mrs. Eiken, when you rang the chime for check in...I didn't want to stop reading." Are you kidding me?!!! That is music to a teacher's ears:)
I will be launching Work on Writing next. On that note, I would like to say thanks to all my bloggy buds for advise and encouragement before starting this and as I go along. Thanks Megatron80 for sharing about the Sisters conference you went to and how they recommended to save Read to Someone for last. I am going to take your advice as I can see how that may "mix things up" a little as the students are still working on building their stamina.
One last thank you........THANKS for all the well wishes and prayers as I cried my eyes out Wednesday when my daughter left for school. As I stated, she is only a few hours away....my heartbreak was the moving out part...the fact that I couldn't go in and wake her up in the morning.....Anywho, we drove to West Palm Beach to watch her play in an all day tourney today and I'm sooooo proud:) She was cracking the volleyball!! Tomorrow I get to drive to her school and put a momma's touch on her dorm room:))))) So excited!! Thanks gang!!
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