I set our goal for the first day for 1 minute... we made it for 30 seconds. Lol. I made a large stamina chart so that it would be easy for my little ones to read and to follow. For the first few days I will place my students where I want them to read. I am trying to make sure they have a solid understanding of where in the room they can work before I give them the freedom to make their own choice. By the end of the week I will hand the choice over to them and no longer make the decision for them.
Yesterday we also started shopping for new books. One table per day gets to shop. For example: every Monday the red table shops, every Tuesday the orange table, and so on. The class that I had last year damaged so many of my books that I am starting with the school's books this year. We will start shopping from my books when I see that my students can take care of the school's books. Each student has 3-4 look books and 2 readers in their book box. Right now I am using Harcourt readers from a previous state adoption as the leveled books in their boxes. I have a full set of these in my room so its convenient to use them. As my students advance in their reading I will begin using readers from our literacy room.
Today we revisited Dex and what we need to do to build our reading stamina. I found the idea for this anchor chart on Pinterest. It came from Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten and Everything Primary. I related us having reading super powers to Dex from the day before. We also reviewed our three ways to read a book chart. I explained that our reading super powers would help us when we read the words in books. We made the chart together and then we practiced using each power in a whole group before going off to read to self.
We will continue to practice our reading super powers as a whole group for awhile. I will also model the behaviors when I use big books for shared reading.