I have really great intentions every week of blogging more often, but somehow it always seems that all of the sudden it’s Friday and I’m linking up with Doodlebugs for Five for Friday. But today? Today, friends, I’m coming at you on a WEDNESDAY!!
Previously, I blogged about how we use Responsive Classroom structures is in my school. One important aspect of RC is that you take the first 6 weeks of school to establish routines and procedures, and then after your routines, expectations, and procedures are established you can generally move forward throughout the year focusing on instruction. We’re in week 4 of the first 6 weeks right now, so we’re practicing our routines and structures daily, steadily incorporating more each week, and moving towards small group instruction and independence in 2 more weeks. So far, we’re kicking independent reading’s tush, and we’re dominating Fundations. This week, we launched partner reading, and I’m really surprised with how well it’s going. They l-o-v-e it! So much! We’ve really just been practicing sitting hip to hip, knee to knee, balancing our book, and taking turns as they read each page. If I was better at remembering to photograph my nuggets I would insert a picture of partner reading here. We’ve also launched writing workshop, using our new writing curriculum.
Another structure that I’ve started this year is calendar math. It’s something that I’ve never done before. Right now, we’ve been adding the date on every day and tracking the days we’ve been in school, but that’s it. In October we’ll start keeping a tally chart of the weather and using the tally chart to make a graph. Is that all you do during calendar math, or do you do more? (If we’re being totally honest I feel like I always hear about calendar math, but that everyone does it a little bit differently.) I’d love to hear about the way you do calendar math.
Have a great Thursday! =)