Thursday, April 18, 2013

Little Tricks to Encourage "Read to Self" and "Listen to Reading" Choices During Daily 5

Let's just say I am not a naturally techno-savvy person.  I'm really not sure how I even set up this blog last year! =) However, I did and I have loved blogging ever since I began.  Imagine my alarm though when earlier this month I tried to view my blog and it had totally disappeared!


At first I assumed it was something simple.

As it turned out was not so simple.

Anyway, after countless emails and phone calls I was finally pointed in the right direction and my blog reappeared once more. Thank you Jon from Google Enterprise  support!


Now some of my family/friends just did not understand my frustration and sadness of having this blog vanish. But once you've put so much hard work into something you want to see it continue to grow and flourish.  I literally squealed today when it showed up again!

So onto blogging............

Throughout this year I have continued to add various aspects of the Daily 5/Cafe to our day.  I may not follow the program exactly the way the sisters describe but I pick and choose the aspects that work for me.  I have loved working with the program in this manner.

Lately though I have noticed my kids not choosing "read to self" or "listen to reading" as quickly as they might  the other Daily 5 choices.  After observing this for some time I decided to move a few things around to help encourage an interest in these choices once more.

Listen to Reading
In our classroom we use our traditional "listening center" as our method for listening to reading. For "read to someone" we use our charts/big book area.    I have found that partner reading during our Daily 5 time was just a little too noisy for me.  The charts/big book area doesn't seem to get as noisy although I'm not sure why.

For the majority of the year this system worked just fine.  When I first introduced the "listen to reading" choice I only had a couple of books on CD/tapes available and it was a very popular choice.  As the year continued  I added more books/tapes each in their own storage bags. The bags began to pile up near the CD player and the files containing any papers they needed to complete were a jumbled mess.

So after a little room re-arranging I had some extra shelf space.  I took our books and the coordinating tapes (or CD's) and displayed them on the shelf.....

We also have our little work table and supplies for any papers I want them to complete after listening to reading.  In this picture you can also see our reading pointer storage.

You can also see the old storage bags I haven't found a new use for. =)

Read to Self
Over the years I have had various items in my reading centers to encourage children to practice reading to themselves.  A bathtub, a rocket, wicker furniture, rocking chairs, bean bags and bouncy seats have all made guest appearances in my reading areas.

My favorite has been the claw foot bathtub which is sadly collecting dust in my basement now.  I should think about having it make a return.... if I can get my husband to haul it out of there that is!

For now I have "the red couch on the stage."  They love the red couch! However, just like anything else they lost interest in this area lately.  This is where most of our "read to self" time occurs so I really hated to see this happen.

I moved a few things around and came up with this:

We still have the red couch on the stage but now we have our blue chairs and bean bag for more seating.  I also have some bumpy seats under one of the chairs.  The children can choose from thematically sorted books as well as the leveled tubs they are currently book shopping from.

For now we've had success! Their interest in choosing "listen to reading" and "read to self" has increased!

So I'm very interested in what types of tricks do you use to keep your kids motivated and engaged in reading? Please share!  =)

                         Thanks for reading and I'm so happy to be part of the blog world once again!
                                                                                                                 Mrs. M


  1. Thanks for sharing! Come visit our blog; we just posted these read aloud DVDs (bottom of newest post) that hi-lite the words as it reads it to you. They are from Scholastic. We came across them by accident bc we wanted a Chicken Little short video. We purchased a set to boost our Listen to Reading. In our Read to Self center; we bought those pillow pets.

    Have a great week! It makes me feel good that we are not the only nuts that drive our husbands nuts to get stuff out of the basement...
    The Goonie Gals

  2. I thank you for sharing this post. Keep sharing. Best wishes for your further efforts.

  3. Thanks for sharing these beautiful 'winterish' photos. Yes,--we did go to a church concert and it was fabulous. We needed it and it was a comfort. spectroscopic reflectometer


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