One Sunflower

three to eight between nine and three

on October 11, 2011

What does that title mean?

Salomon notices the letter "I"

I’ll tell you.
Between nine and three in the primary grades,
children between the ages of 3 and 8
are coming together in classrooms,
learning how
to be together,
working,
reading,
writing
and thinking,
together.

The teachers are learning too!

The primary teachers in our school took on the task of paying special attention to the structures and routines they each put in place to support their students to be successful in reader’s workshop.

I was note taker.  So here’s a little snapshot of what we are doing so far to support our students, aged 3-8, between 9 and 3:

PreK: The focus is on learning school and classroom routines. Books are in tubs and reading currently happens at assigned tables.  Reading a book means talking out loud about what is in the pictures.

K: The focus is on learning school and classroom routines.  Students choose books from the classroom library and the practice of “EEKK” (elbow to elbow, knee to knee,) is being modeled and practiced to support partner reading.

First: The focus is on learning about “just right” books, making choices from baskets and reading independently or with a partner at tables.  The teachers are working towards the goal of  “personal spaces” for reading.

Second: The focus is on choosing “just right” books efficiently and moving to independent reading without losing precious time in a transition. Teachers are timing independent reading to build awareness of engagement and stamina.

Third: The focus is on choosing “just right” books and reading independently for longer and longer periods of time.  The class is also beginning to work on responding to books in new ways.

preschool

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2 responses to “three to eight between nine and three

  1. Linda Baie says:

    Wow-it seems so organized. Are the younger ones watching the older ones? They must be in awe to be with those older students. An interesting mix of ages. What do the older ones think?

  2. elsie says:

    It’s great to see a unified focus across the ages and each builds upon the previous grade. Your first line absolutely read my mind, but now it all makes sense.

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