HELP-is it bad if i dont do small group reading?

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  1. bonneb

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    Put the word out to parents of the school that you are looking for donations of early reader books. Lots of times their kids have outgrown books and parents are happy to donate.

    Contact local children's libraries and let them know your situation. They also often get donations they can't use. Meantime scour thrift stores for "just right" books for your kids. If anyone money comes available, start building your "just right" library.

    It took me a couple years to build my library, then some wonderful parents who were teachers came in and leveled my free books! Awesome.

    If money is really tight and all you have are basals to use w/guided reading, work with what you have and gradually build your class library. I mostly collected books that could be leveled, but I also found great books at adult levels on eagles, wolves, Grand Canyon, etc. The kids love to look through these grown up books with the great pictures.
     
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    You don't have to. I don't. I have a small class and read 1:1 with every child every couple days. I do whole class guided reading. My kids are great readers. I do the Daily 5. Instead of meeting with small groups I meet with individuals.
     
  3. ShanaNicole

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    Skittleroo, I teach at a private school. Half their day is with me and half is Judaic studies.

    I'm taking all of your suggestions and I'm going to find a way to teach my kiddies. They deserve the best first grade education and I will give it to them.
     
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    Good for you, and you'll make it work :). There are a lot of resources out there, and it sounds like you are the kind of person who will do everything you can to give your kids the best.
     
  5. ShanaNicole

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    Update: I convinced my principal to purchase these awesome, and fairly cheap, readers. I'm so excited! You guys are awesome!
     
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    Way to go! I am so excited for you and your students :)
     
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    Way to go!
     
  8. crunchytxmama

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    OP, I had a very similar teaching situation last year! I taught half day second grade and had so much to squeeze into the morning! I was also at a private school with very little money. I second looking at Daily 5/CAFE. I love it because you don't have to have a lot of special materials, just plenty of good quality trade books.
     
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    Wow I can't imagine trying to fit everything they need to learn in first grade into half a day. I'm assuming they went to kindergarten? What are you doing for whole group instruction? Are you working on phonological awareness pieces? I would be doing that in small group for those that are behind. Then start later in the year with actually guided reading.
     
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    And keep Reader's Theater and poetry in mind. You can find these sorts of resources for free on the internet. I especially like poems for lower-level readers - they are usually only one page, so they aren't as intimidating, and if they rhyme, they are somewhat predictable. And poems really lend themselves to phonemic awareness activities, too.

    This may not be a popular opinion, but if I had only a half a day with first graders, I'd spend the bulk of it in reading, and a pretty good amount of it in math....and science and social studies IF I could fit them in. Reading is just the most important part of education at this age, and small groups are the way to go
     
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