Thank you my precious friends for "carrying me" through this day:)
I also wanted to blog a little about yesterday's post. I have had a few questions from people so thought it might be easier if I tried to answer them in a post.
One question was about having the book luggage prefilled for the kids. I did not do this because The Book Whisperer is all about loving to read and free choice...SO I chose to let my kids fill their own book luggage. Now.....I did do quite an extensive lesson about "Just Right Books"/good fit books and modeled quite a bit before I set them free for the book frenzy.
Another question...How long did the book frenzy take? You know...I got so caught up in it all I am not quite sure...I would say at least 30 minutes.
How did it go? Well, for my first time doing it...I feel like it went GREAT. Some of the kids asked me some questions....others asked where certain topics were....now, were there a few (2 to be exact) kids who didn't really do as I asked with making sure the book is a good fit? Yep...but when they saw me making such a huge deal over the ones that were doing as they were taught, they quickly started to follow:)
I am going to share something....a concern....I have switched from "busy" work for morning work to having them get their luggage when they come in and reading as The Book Whisperer recommends...I did see a few kiddos this morning looking around, pretending to read...After the bell rang we had a little "chat" about reading to self and how well they did yesterday and they need to do the same thing in the morning as we do in reading. I think with continued encouragement and modeling they will get it...it's only day 3. We are working on our stamina and I am looking forward to introducing Daily 5's Read to Someone on Monday:)