1. Establish a gathering place for brain and body breaks. (Do you call your gathering place anything special? A few of my teammates did. Annie called hers the "Family Room" and Kim calls hers the "Learning Space." I need to come up with something better than "the carpet" lol!)
Ok honestly, I call mine 'the floor.' It's not original, it's not fancy but they know what I mean. "ok everyone, to the floor.' I do have a nice area dedicated to meeting as a large group which is no easy feat in my little tiny room. Remember my floor plans:
You can see my 'whole group area" right there in the middle. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of my meeting area without kiddos in it so that's on my to do list for sure.
2. Developing the concept of "good fit" books (There are LOTS of examples of different good fit lessons in blogland AND Pinterest)
Although I like the "sisters" I PICK method, I think I will be looking for something a bit more 'kinder friendly.' I found these on pinterest and you click on them to go directly to their link.
I like this for the sisters example of 'fitting' like shoes.
From First Grader At Last Blog
From Mrs. Richards First Grade Blog
But I have to say, I really like these 'simple' ideas almost better. They're very visual. Kinders 'get' riding a bike and Goldilocks. Just click on them to see the original posts.
From Mrs. Terhune Blogspot4. Short, repeated intervals of independent practice and setting up book boxes (How are you going to keep track of stamina? What will you use for book boxes? What are you going to put in those book boxes on the 1st day of school?)
Well you know what I'm using for stamina, right? But just in case, here's a picture to link you to the printable if you would like it.
And as for book boxes . . . remember all my goodies that arrived the other day?
Well inside, this is what I ordered just for Daily 5 student book bins!
And as for labeling . . . well you know how I LOVE vinyl chalkboard. So I cranked up my Silhouette SD (I'm saving for the big daddy someday but for now the SD will have to do.) and cut out some cut little labels.
By using the chalkboard vinyl I can easily erase and write a new name as students move in and out and at the end of the year. LOVE IT.
While I was ordering, I also purchased Really Good Stuff's Universal Bin Label Holders for my book library totes. Have you seen these things?
I had to have them. I have tried velcroing on labels and those adhesive labels, but these little treasures go on ANY tote or container and all you have to do is make the label.
Yes, they do come with a little label for you to write on but I went ahead and made up my own that were . . . a better fit for me and that works perfectly in the holder.
What do you think? I think I'm getting a bit ahead of myself but I wanted to get my library going and couldn't wait to share these with you. If you'd like them, please feel free to download a copy. All I ask is that you please consider following my blog and they are yours.
You'll notice on MY picture I have a little number in the corner. This is how I will label my books so that the kiddos know which book goes in which bin. If the book has a little sticker on the back with a number 1, they don't have to remember if it's an animal book or a reptile book or whatever, all they need to do is find book bin 1 and put it back in there. The picture labels are just a way to make 'shopping' for books easier for them. Also, just as a note: there are some labels with names of book characters such as Clifford or Franklin that have only the label written but not picture attached. I can't place the picture on the label without getting into copyright trouble. So they are there for you if you want to cut and paste your own picture to them or leave them blank. It's up to you.
I have also included labels for your leveled reader book bins as well. I'll be using them the same way as I do with my other books but for leveled readers there will be a letter on the back of the book for easy referencing as to where the book should be placed.