I got two new books in the mail today that I ordered from the International Reading Association. They were having a great sale so I took advantage. I got:
I haven't had a ton of time for reading lately and that will get even worse once my classes start this weekend, but I am going to try and incorporate these into my planning time at school because I really want to maximize every minute during my days! Pretty soon, some of my students will start getting pulled out for 30 minutes of English Language Development each day and I really want to use that time productively with the rest of the kiddos despite the fact that I cannot do any new instruction during that time. Some of the kids who really need additional support in reading and math skills will be taken out so I won't be able to work with them individually, but I really want to use this time to review and work with kids in small groups. I am realizing how important it will be to get parent help during that time because it is hard to manage kids who are doing other activities and teach small groups at the same time. In theory good classroom management makes it possible, but at the same time, self management is tough for Kindergartners so having extra hands will be great. I still haven't really organized my volunteer list so I need to get on that!
Very excited to watch The Biggest Loser and Glee tonight!