Back to school is among us! Cue the scary dun dun duuuun music, because even though it is exciting – it can still be nerve wracking to get all settled in!
I don’t know about you, but I always feel like there is so much time spent on logistics for the school building or district, meetings, conferences, classroom setup etc. that a week before school starts I can start to panic feeling like even with all the preparation, I still haven’t actually prepared for the first week!
And we all know how important preparation is when 25 kindergartners are coming and will be staring at you (or longingly at the toys wishing the lady would shut it so they could try out the mega bloks) and ready to go!
During the first weeks, one thing we really focus on is 3 ways to read a book. This is a huge component of Daily 5 and Read to Self and sets the tone for students seeing themselves as readers.
In Kindergarten, the biggest part of that is “Reading the Pictures.” This is their primary form of reading for many different types of texts as they are learning the basics of reading!
I am going to split up some of my favorite books for this strategy into different posts so that you aren’t reading all day! So stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 (and 4 and 10… kidding! I’ll keep it to just a few for your eyeballs’ sake!)
First up, for today, Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack.
This book tells a story with only those 4 little words – and the illustrations are so vivid and fun! It is a funny read and the students love discussing what the “good news” or the “bad news” is. It is great for showing that we don’t have to read words to read a story.
Definitely check this book out if you haven’t already! I highly recommend it!
What are some of your favorite reads for “reading the pictures?”
Stay tuned for more of my favorites, and share yours as well!