I am a complete failure at Daily 5. We worked so hard on Read to Self the first week of school. We had our stamina up to 12 minutes. The second week of school started and my quiet kids became loud. The walls started closing in on us. There are 27 of us in a 600 square foot room. We have not done Read to Self again since the first week.
We haven't had time. (We have done several craftivites.)
Like some of this ELMER stuff.
And I also have the Interrupting Chicken craft ready for Friday.
We also made these cool stop lights for writing paragraphs. I cut out circles and let them write their sentences on the circles. They then glued them onto a black piece of construction paper. I have cut strips to do the paragraph like Mrs. Prince next week.
We don't have room to spread out.
Each day we say we are going to get to Read to Self, but we run out of time. I am just a failure. We are going to keep trying to make time for it, but I think we are just too crowded. When I rearranged my room to spread out the desk I had to use my meeting area. Maybe next year when I have a smaller class or bigger room we can attempt Daily 5 again.
We have used the glue and the scissors and my kids think I am the coolest teacher because sometimes I write on the Mimio in cursive and I let them use the Mimio pen. Apparently, some of the 1st grade teachers are more OCD than I am and never let the kids use the pen. They made them use a dry-erase marker and just write on the white board under (or would it be over) the projected image. (GASP)
We are having fun!!!! I am ok with being a failure with Daily 5 as long as my kids are learning and still think I am cool.
I was contacted by MyBinding.com this week. They are sending me a laminator to try out and also donating one for a give-away. I can't wait to start printing some things to laminate and show you all how awesome this laminator is. Watch for the give-away coming soon.