While there is no magic recipe for setting up your room and preparing to meet your students, there are many things that can ease you into it. I have a few suggestions for items to include in your backpack that may help alleviate some of the stress of going back to school.
If you teach emergent readers, you know that word work is an essential component of reading instruction. As a Reading Recovery teacher, I have spent years honing this aspect of literacy education. You can reap some benefits from my experience by perusing my 8 part blog series that starts here. You may also wish to check out Word Work: A Guide for Teachers of Young Children.
If blank bulletin boards bother you, download these FREE writing posters that coordinate with 6 Traits of Quality Writing. They can stay up all year! Did I mention that they are FREE?
As students progress in reading and writing, an essential skill is breaking words into syllables. Syllabication skills are included in EVERY elementary grade level of the CCSS. As a literacy specialist, I have come to recognize that many struggling readers and writers do not have a good grasp of these skills. Take some time to teach syllabication. The return is huge!
To help you with this task, I have several editions of Rules of Syllabication products that make excellent bulletin boards and/or center anchor charts. The rules in each of the following are the same; the graphics and size of the posters vary by theme.
You may also like the Under the Sea Edition Bundle which includes the rule posters from the Under the Sea Edition above and a delightfully animated power point presentation.
As you are preparing centers and small groups, you may find the following syllabication activities helpful. Friendly Frog's Syllables Book and Friendly Frog in Outer Space are both well suited to small group instruction or independent work.
Friendly Frog is very popular with my students. Hence, he is a frequent visitor to our centers. The kiddos are always excited to see him back. You can find these centers here.
Until next time...