Welcome!

Welcome to The Crazy Pre-K Classroom! Please enjoy your stay, explore my posts and join for more to come! Blessings, Christine

Find my products on TpT

About Me

My photo
Round Rock, Texas, United States
I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and a Christian Kindergarten Teacher. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, quilting and creating innovative, hands on lessons for my students.

Followers

Teach Wise

Follow by Email

Google+ Followers

Why teach Pre-K?

Because, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13

Because, I love it and am called to it!

For my children and my husband!

Because I am me!

Labels

Academic based programs (2) Academics (5) activities (25) addition (9) adhd (1) All Star Spelling (3) animals (4) art (5) assessment (6) behavior (7) boards ideas (4) bugs (5) building (2) calendar (4) center ideas (29) centers (29) choosing a school for your child (3) Christian Schools (4) christmas (4) classroom ideas (26) classroom managment (18) counting (14) crafts (8) decoding (10) dental health month (2) dentist (1) differentiated instruction (42) discovery learning (16) free (30) free printables (27) freebies (35) frog activities (6) fruit (1) get to know your students (2) gingerbreadman (1) giveaway (26) I have/who has (4) insects (3) jungle (3) learning games (7) legos (2) letters (11) literacy (55) literacy centers (65) literacy units (42) math (54) math centers (61) monster theme (1) mutiplication (1) non-standard measurement (4) numbers (18) organization (13) our bodies (2) Parent Tips from the teacher (12) parenting (8) pattern (1) patterns (2) phonics (12) pond activities (5) popcorn unit (2) popcorn word work (1) pre-k (15) predictable readers (4) prekindergarten (11) printable books (4) private school (1) procedures (3) quiet centers (2) quiet toys (1) rainy day activities (2) rainy day ideas (3) read the room (9) reading (26) reading groups (17) Round Rock Christian Academy (2) Round Rock Christian Schools (2) RRCA (2) safety (1) scavenger hunt (1) seat work (3) sensory learning (10) sentences (3) sight words (9) skip counting (3) small group instruction (3) spelling (7) sports (1) spring (3) St. Patricks Day (1) stations (1) storage ideas (4) subtraction (4) tallying (1) teacher to teacher (4) teachers pay teachers (9) telling time (1) thanksgiving (3) time fillers (2) TpT unit extension ideas (5) TpT Units (9) transitions (1) Valentines Day (4) Valentines ideas (2) vocabulary (7) watercolors (1) winter (9) winter woodland (3) word work (13) worksheets (7) writing (5)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tips and techniques for implementing The Daily 5 for reading groups in a pre-k classroom

So, you want to use the Daily 5 with your 4 year olds but you are not quite sure how you are going to get them ready or if they can even do it. I can tell you after implementing the Daily 5 in my Pre-K classroom for the past 3 years I am confident that not only can you teach it but they can accomplish it! Not sure what the Daily 5 is? You will want to get your hands on the book "The Daily 5" by: Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. My school used this book and accompanying videos as a professional development study three years ago and my classroom has never been the same. Tailored to elementary students who can already read I had to tweak it to meet my classrooms needs. I wait until the class is acclimated to school before even thinking of teaching the 5 areas of the Daily Five. Each day the children are supposed to: Read to self, Word Work, Read to someone, Listen to reading and Meet with the teacher. I always start with teaching read to self. I have the whole class bring one book to the carpet and explain the procedure (no talking, eyes in your book, stay in your area etc.). I time them for 3 minutes on the first try correcting them as needed. We practice each day for 2 weeks adding a minute each time until they can easily read to self for 10 minutes. Honestly, ten minutes in about the max I have been able to get out of my 4 year olds in this station so after 10 minutes I ring a certain bell that allows them to choose a quiet toy from a special bucket (puzzle, pop beads, links etc.) I also begin teaching word work stations at this point. I set up enough stations for the whole class and teach the children to work quietly, stay where they are and not interrupt the teacher. I make sure these are centers that they are familiar with so there are not many "how to" questions. I time them for 5-7 minutes and then show them how to rotate to the next station. We build up to 15 minutes of word work. Once I have completed my Daily 5 instruction there will only be 3 stations per day. All of this instruction is getting them ready to be completly independent so my Meet with the Teacher times will be successful and uninterrupted. I also do not limit my word work to letters/sounds, I also add basi skills practice and numbers practice, most of the time with a manipulative of some sort. See the pictures below to seean example of what this looks like. I made one of our play centers this week the listening center and each day I am teaching 4 students how to use change cd's, volume etc. This takes care of the first 4 of 5 stations they are supposed to do each day. This leaves Read to someone which was the one I had to tweak the most since my kiddos are not truly reading yet. The first year I just skipped this and added word work but then I thought if they can't "read" they could certainly practice their letter/sound recognition and number recognition. So I bought a product on TpT that layed this all out in a binder and it works great. It is called Kindergarten RTI by Babbling Abby (no I don't know her and I have not been asked to promote this item)Click on the name to be directed to her product page. I set up my binder and put 2 children together, one strong and one who needs some help. This way if they get stuck on a letter or number they can help each other. I give them each a pointer to help them track across the page and allow them to work on this on our carpet laying or sitting on beanbags, whatever is comfortable for them. There are so many resources out there for word work, I have created a few items that are working great in my classroom and there are many teahcer authors that I have bought products from that are awesome. It would benefit you to take some time searching TpT to find some great word work before you even get started teaching this system. I just love this system for my reading groups, everyone is learning and happy, my reading groups are smooth with little interruption and everyone knows what is expected of them. I can't say enough about how much this system has improved the reading instruction in my classroom and how smoothly my day goes once the students are comfortable with the stations. I would highly recommend trying this with your pre-k students and getting your hands on the book if you have not already read it. Below are a few pictures of my students learning the word work stations today:
Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section, I would love to have a discussion about the Daily 5 for Pre-K here on thecrazy pre-k classroom. Till next time, Christine

7 comments:

  1. I have modified it in my K room. My favorite part is regrouping on the rug for a mini-lesson between groups. I thought I would hate it, but it allows me to teach more effective short lessons and cuts down on the "where do i go next?" because I release them from the rug one group at a time. I don't let my kids pick for the first semester but by the end, they can pick their choice for two of the 4 rotations we have. 1 is always me and the other is with my aide or a seat activity everyone must do.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love that idea of having a minilesson inbetween rotations. I may just try that and see how it goes. I struggle with having them quiet and still for long periods so that could help if I planned a lesson with lots of movement and interaction through voice. Thanks Lindsey!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I am teaching a pre k 4 advanced classroom for students too old for normal pre k and too young for kindergarten.. so Im trying to do more kindergarten geared things. I love the idea of daily five and love how its broken down on here. I would also love any tips on starting a classroom blog.. my email is LaurenPacker@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks for providing this good recommendations. But I would like to know which Phoenix pre-k preschool is best for our growing child. Please tell me full information on preschool education

    ReplyDelete
  5. Are you still using Daily 5? Any new suggestions/recommendations? What TpT resources do you find most effective and engaging? I am looking for a specific program to implement with my UPKers...

    ReplyDelete
  6. Reading Makes Your Child Smarter

    Reading is known to have numerous benefits. It increases your world knowledge, enhances your vocabulary, and works to improve your reading comprehension abilities.

    But did you know that reading can actually make you smarter?

    In fact, reading not only can make a child smarter, the very act of reading can even help to compensate for modest levels of cognitive ability in children by building their vocabulary and general knowledge! This is a finding reported by researchers Cunningham and Stanovich in a report titled "What Reading Does For the Mind".

    The simple fact here is that reading can make your child smarter, and that learning to read early on is directly linked to later success in life.

    1) Did you know that your child's vocabulary at 3 years old predicts his or her grade one reading success? [1]

    2) Did you know that vocabulary and reading ability in first grade strongly predicts grade 11 outcomes? [2]

    3) Did you know that your child's reading skill in grade 3 directly influences high school graduation? Studies have found that children who cannot read proficiently by grade 3 are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers! [3]

    >> Give your child the best possible head start. Teach your child to read today. Click here to learn how.

    But how do you teach a young child to read, and isn't that the job of the school and teachers?

    You can't be more wrong...

    With the right tools, knowledge, and techniques, teaching young children to read can be a simple and effective process. I'd like to introduce you to a fantastic reading program called Children Learning Reading, a super effective method for teaching children to read - even children as young as just 2 or 3 years old.

    The creators of this program have used it to teach their four children to read before age 3, and by reading, I mean real, phonetic reading.

    I can understand if you find that hard to believe... In fact, I had a difficult time believing it myself as well... that is, until I saw the videos they posted documenting the reading progress of the their children - not to mention all the videos other parents have sent in showcasing their children's reading progress after using the Children Learning Program. After learning more about their methods and techniques, it became clear how it's possible to teach young children to read effectively.

    It is truly within your ability to teach your child to read in a relatively short period of time spending just 10 to 15 minutes each day.

    >> Click here now to watch the videos and start teaching your child to read.

    1. Vocabulary Development and Instruction: A Prerequisite for School Learning
    Andrew Biemiller, University of Toronto

    2. Early reading acquisition and its relation to reading experience and ability 10 years later.
    Cunningham AE, Stanovich KE.

    3. Double Jeopardy How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation
    Donald J. Hernandez, Hunter College and the Graduate Center,

    ReplyDelete
  7. Reading Makes Your Child Smarter

    Reading is known to have numerous benefits. It increases your world knowledge, enhances your vocabulary, and works to improve your reading comprehension abilities.

    But did you know that reading can actually make you smarter?

    In fact, reading not only can make a child smarter, the very act of reading can even help to compensate for modest levels of cognitive ability in children by building their vocabulary and general knowledge! This is a finding reported by researchers Cunningham and Stanovich in a report titled "What Reading Does For the Mind".

    The simple fact here is that reading can make your child smarter, and that learning to read early on is directly linked to later success in life.

    1) Did you know that your child's vocabulary at 3 years old predicts his or her grade one reading success? [1]

    2) Did you know that vocabulary and reading ability in first grade strongly predicts grade 11 outcomes? [2]

    3) Did you know that your child's reading skill in grade 3 directly influences high school graduation? Studies have found that children who cannot read proficiently by grade 3 are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers! [3]

    >> Give your child the best possible head start. Teach your child to read today. Click here to learn how.

    But how do you teach a young child to read, and isn't that the job of the school and teachers?

    You can't be more wrong...

    With the right tools, knowledge, and techniques, teaching young children to read can be a simple and effective process. I'd like to introduce you to a fantastic reading program called Children Learning Reading, a super effective method for teaching children to read - even children as young as just 2 or 3 years old.

    The creators of this program have used it to teach their four children to read before age 3, and by reading, I mean real, phonetic reading.

    I can understand if you find that hard to believe... In fact, I had a difficult time believing it myself as well... that is, until I saw the videos they posted documenting the reading progress of the their children - not to mention all the videos other parents have sent in showcasing their children's reading progress after using the Children Learning Program. After learning more about their methods and techniques, it became clear how it's possible to teach young children to read effectively.

    It is truly within your ability to teach your child to read in a relatively short period of time spending just 10 to 15 minutes each day.

    >> Click here now to watch the videos and start teaching your child to read.

    1. Vocabulary Development and Instruction: A Prerequisite for School Learning
    Andrew Biemiller, University of Toronto

    2. Early reading acquisition and its relation to reading experience and ability 10 years later.
    Cunningham AE, Stanovich KE.

    3. Double Jeopardy How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation
    Donald J. Hernandez, Hunter College and the Graduate Center,

    ReplyDelete

Comments and Ideas are always welcome, I am always looking for new units to create for TpT!