So here is an update on Daily Five in my room. I have a few things that are bugging me about it so I wanted to see what suggestions I could get from my blogging friends.
I have all 5 stations up and running. My kids maintain their stamina best when they are in read to self and read to someone. Word work, listen to reading, and writing tend to lend themselves to some occasional conversations or technical difficulties.
Listen to Reading
My biggest area of concern is listen to reading. I have been using portable CD players and the one student station I have. I added a couple of shortcuts to sites on the desktop of the computer, posted the log in information by the computer, and trained a few kids on how to troubleshoot minor problems. Listen to reading on the computer was a beating for me at first but it has gotten better. The CD players are still a disaster. My kids have broken players and headphones and scratched CD's. I have anyone in listen to reading work on the whole group area carpet and that is also where I have the baskets of players and CD's. Each book and CD and each player and headphones are stored in their own baggies. Everything is close together. My kids have not done a good job putting away the materials in this rotation despite modeling and practice.
A teammate just suggested using larger CD players that plug into the wall with a splitter. This would eliminate the carrying them around, dropping them and breaking them. This would mean I would have to buy several CD players and larger sets of headphones.
How are you doing listening to reading? How do you have it set up? Do you have any thoughts on the problems I am having?
Most of my kids are doing well with word work. I set it up so that my students have 6 choices for word work. There is one option in each bucket and all of the buckets are stored on a shelf together. I only allow one child per bucket. Their choices are rainbow writing with markers, stamps, reading rods, magnetic letters, foam fish letters, play-doh, and colored pencils and tiles. They get their words from the word wall. I still have a few kids to try to double up at a bucket, talk to each other while working, or write random things other than word wall words.
Anyone else doing something different that really works? Has anyone else had these problems and found a solution for them?
Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing
I love how well read to self, read to someone and work on writing are going. I was not sure at first how it was going to go having writing materials in baskets all over the room for kids to use, but it has worked great. I have several baskets that are all the same placed all around the room. There are markers and crayons in the baskets. When my kids go to work on writing they can work near a basket or take a basket with them wherever they want to work. Sharing our writing at the end of daily five is one of my kids favorite things to do.
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