Fri Nov 25, 2011 19:06

SSR is not something I do as a kindergarten teacher as the book explains or how many of others have explained. However, when I have transition time or just an extra 10 minutes during the day- I love to give the children the time to read or look at books of their own choice. Many of the books in my library are not books the children can actually "read"- but it is amazing to watch them look at the pictures and read their own story :) I tell them to find a cozy spot- they can go in the reading area, under a table, at my desk, etc. and enjoy a book. They love this time! I find that so many of them choose the books that I have read to them and they like to retell them the same way I read them (with silly voice, or influctuation at certain times during the story). During this time I find a book as well and read. The children know this is a time to just relax and enjoy a book- not to come to me every 5 seconds to tell me something! I have not thought about putting my guided reading books out during this time but I may now. The books we have are not great- very old- but maybe the children will enjoy them because they are books they have either read before or are able to read.

  • SSR - beasleylm, Tue Nov 22 07:22
    SSR is really big in our school and our county. We have 30 minutes daily for SSR. Students are reading on their level and what they want to read. Our school has AR and I know there is a bad rep for... more
    • Re: SSR - fayk, Fri Nov 25 19:06
      • RE: SSR - williskl1, Sun Nov 27 22:59
        As a kindergarten teacher also, I too do not do SSR time like talked about in the book. I do something similar to what you do in your classroom where any extra time we have, a couple minutes here or... more
    • Re: SSR - simmonskn, Fri Nov 25 17:47
      In our school we do reading counts which is similar to AR. I teach second grade and this is the grade that they start taking the test for RC. My students really seems to enjoy taking these test. They ... more
      • Re: SSR - Stacy Durham, Fri Nov 25 23:34
        I agree that starting students out with fewer minutes for SSR at the beginning of the year is the way to go. Letting them build reading stamina instead of forcing them to read for longer than they... more
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