Well it’s been awhile since I posted. I’ve been pretty busy getting into my new job. I have recently been hired as a reading specialist for our elementary K-5 building.
I was nervous at first to have to be so knowledgeable. I mean K-5? That’s a big range of reading skills. I’ve spent many nights and many days working hard to give those kiddos the help they need. I have learned something very valuable through this process. Being able to visit, help, and work with so many grade levels and so many children is actually a blessing. I have learned so much in these past few months. I really do love my job!
The one thing that stands out the most is this…KIDS WILL LISTEN IF YOU GIVE THEM A STUFFED ANIMAL! I came across the Beanie Baby Decoding and Comprehension strategies by accident when helping a friend’s little girl with her homework. I wasn’t sure what they were, so I started researching.
Well it’s a long story, but I started using it in my reading classes and I have never in my life seen children learn a new skill and retain it as well as I have seen my students grab on to this one!
If you haven’t tried them or heard of them, you might want to give it a minute of your time. At parent-teacher conferences the parents even raved about them and how excited their children were to use them. I have put a link below for you to check them out. Even if you do not need the materials I have created to use with my students, you might want to do a little research and find some that fit your needs.