Our kindergarten team decided to try out a new strategy this year for our guided reading groups. It’s called Walk to Read and it’s awesome! The first grade team started it last year and had huge success from it, so why not?
What we do:
After giving an assessment to all of the kindergarten students, we were able to see where they stood with their beginning reading skills. We then divided them up into differentiated groups: approaching, on level, and beyond. I am teaching the approaching group to start this year. My biggest goal is to teach the kids their letters and sounds! Since I have a whole class of students who are on the same general reading level, I can target their needs more specifically and help them grow!
What it looks like:
I have divided my group into 4 smaller groups. They have begun rotating among 4 stations.
-technology center (computers for now, iPads when they get set up!)
-work at your seat (this is where we get to implement our alternative seating. Yay!)
After we rotate four times, they head back to their class! Walk to Read takes up about 1 hour of the day.
What we’re doing in small group:
-We’re hitting the alphabet hard so that our kids can get their letters and sounds. My partner teacher and I have begun using Tara West’s Lettervention curriculum…have I mentioned how much I love Tara West and everything she creates? We’re also learning how to track words while we read. I can’t wait to see the progress they make over the next few months!
Of course, creating rotations just gives me more reason to create a table to show the kids where to go. I love making tables. I pull up this slide when the kids come in and they can look to see where they are going for each round. We transition between rounds with the Doug theme song. They have no idea what the music is but I sure do love it!
After one week, I’ve already seen benefits. I spent some time yesterday looking at each student’s work. I was able to see trends–what are they missing? What are they catching onto quickly? What area do I need to spend a bigger focus on next week? These are things I can figure out more easily now that I have a class full of students who are on the same level as far as reading progress. I’m excited to see what lies ahead for us in Walk To Read!