Saturday, November 10, 2012

I need advice..

Hi Bloggy World!

I am struggling. About 1/2 to 2/3 of my class is struggling with reading. I have about 7 students that are really not catching on to reading, and I am worried. These are 2nd graders and they should be able to read. There are about 7-10 students in my class of 23 that are reading under 25 words a minute with a lot of mistakes. I am doing guided reading groups, but I really want to make it meaningful. If you have any suggestions at all please leave a comment or send me an email. My email address is on the side.

Some of the things I am doing are 1st grade approaching level readers for my lowest group, and some regular 1st grade level readers to build confidence. Also, I am practicing sight words, doing word sorts, and some sounding out word activities. I really want all of my students to succeed, and it is very hard when some are not able to read the basic work. My school is lucky enough to be using lexile reading program, and they really enjoy that. I just want to make sure I am doing everything I can for my wonderful little friends.

Thanks in advance for all the wonderful advice I know many of you have. :)

Have a super Saturday! It is so gorgeous out here for middle of November in Minnesota.


Saturday, November 3, 2012


I can't believe it is already November! Loving is my favorite section of this currently! :)

Heigh-Ho Mozart is great! It is all instrumental Disney music! The kids love it! :)

Happy Saturday!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Week Recap and Happy 50th Day!

This week has been crazy. It has had extreme highs and extreme lows, but it ended on a great note! I am very lucky to have some friends in my room who are absolutely caring and loving. One of my little girls brought me a huge flower and the sweetest note ever today. I pretty much started crying reading it. Here is a picture:

So we did get some learning done this week. My friends have gotten really great at reading centers. Here are some picture of them working really hard!

One of our big focuses this week was the election. Two great packs we have been using are:

 I made these big posters to record our information on Obama and Romney.

At one point, some of my friends starting making fun of someone who liked Romney. I had to explain to my friends that everyone has their own opinion and you wont make fun of someone if they liked oreos and you liked chocolate chip cookies. It really helped them realize that they all like different things. It was really cute.

Today, was our 50th day of school, and my friends were really excited. One of the activities we did was to write "50 Reasons Why We Love School." They were so excited, and I had trouble keeping up with all of their ideas. Number 2 and 3 are definitely my favorite (and I didn't have to bribe them to say it!) :) Here is a picture of our list:

Well, thank goodness it is Friday! I am definitely ready for this weekend. :)