Read-Along Story Time for Beginning Readers, 2/28/13
This week's session wasn't the best ever, but it wasn't that far off. There were six kids in all - five in the target age range and one preschooler whose mother insisted she was a beginning reader. (She was a smart and fun kid, but she was out of her element, and I think her mom realized that quickly.) I changed up the order of events a little bit, so that our discussion was first, our read-along second, and our read-aloud third, and I think I will try to stick with that structure for a bit and see how it works.
I feel like I'm getting into a rut with these messages. The information that changes each week is fine, but the way I open and close the messages is starting to sound awkward. I think I might sit down and write several examples and then just draw from the pool each week so I'm not always trying to come up with them as I'm writing them.
Making a List
I cut a letter D out of a piece of poster board, and then asked the kids to help me think of D words. Most of the kids needed prompts and hints to come up with a real word, but one of the boys gave me a whole list of words ending with D, which was even more interesting than what I had in mind for this activity. The fact that we started with this activity also opened up opportunities to notice D sounds in other words throughout the story time.
I debated and debated over whether a Cam Jansen book would be too much for this group, but I 'm glad I decided to go ahead and read Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game. They didn't have much to say about it, and we got interrupted twice - one boy had to use the bathroom, the other had a stomachache - but they seemed pretty engaged throughout the entire book. I'm still working on how to get them to actually talk about the book after we finish it. So far, the questions I have asked have not received any responses.
I use the same hello and goodbye songs at almost every session. Click here for the tunes and words. For descriptions of each of my story times, click here.