I’m back from the dead. True story. If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you know I was beat down by a migraine this weekend (and you really should be following me on FB and Instagram!). Friday night we were getting ready for a date night and BAM! I lost vision in my right eye. That’s my sign. The crazy thing is that it happens out of nowhere. If you’ve never had a migraine, count your blessings. I’ve dealt with them since I was 8 years old although I have almost outgrown them I do get them a couple of times a year. People, I would rather have a root canal than a migraine! Yeah, it’s that bad. The 2nd day is always better but I am always exhausted from the pain. But I’m back now!!!
Today I am linking up with the amazing bloggers at Freebielicious for chapter 3 of the The Next Step In Guided Reading!
This chapter focuses on two groups: The pre-emergent group (students who know less than 40 upper and lowercase letters and few sounds, if any!) and the emergent group and gives great lessons and tips on how to work with these groups during guided reading time. Now, I’ve been very pleased with my guided reading system for the past few years. My students make progress throughout the year and end the year at or above grade level so I’m not looking to revamp my whole system, however, there were several things that stuck out at me in this chapter!
The first thing that stuck out was the power of tracing letters for students who struggle with learning their letters. If a student cannot name 40 upper and lowercase letters, they should trace a letter back everyday. They trace each letter and name the letter. The author of the book, Jan Richardson, says this should be done with a tutor. Sadly, in our school system we don’t have adults beating down our doors to help or volunteer so this is something I will have to do with my students. Another key point to make here is that Richardson says your letter book, letter chart and class letter display should all use the same pictures for the letters. We all know that consistency is great for our students!