I am sorry that I haven't been able to post for the last few days. My oldest had a stomach bug on Wednesday, my two-year-old had it yesterday, and my husband has it now. I am the last one standing....YIKES! As I have been Cloroxing the house (and myself) I keep repeating, "I will not get sick. I will NOT get sick." So far, it seems to be working.
I was only in school for three days this week because of snow on Tuesday and then the beginning of the sickness on Wednesday. We surprisingly have gotten a lot accomplished.
In my Daily Five journey, we are up to four minutes of Read to Self, and I have been amazed at the outcome! They are so into it! In fact, I had several kiddos who were really upset with me when we finished Read to Self!
Hopefully, it will continue to go smoothly.
While on the topic of reading, as some of you may know, our school uses the Accelerated Reader program. In December we used a reading incentive of adding links to a paper chain on our holiday tree for every 100% earned.
In January, we are having Bead-Azzling Readers. On a bulletin board, I have pinned a small gift bag for each child (so there is no comparison about how many beads a child has, etc.). Every time they get a 100% on an AR test, they get to pick a bead from the 100% box. To encourage my kiddos to read more chapter books and non-fiction, they will get an additional bead for every 100.
At the end of the month, they will make necklaces with the beads they have earned. I was a little nervous at first about what the boys would say, but they have been just as excited as the girls.
Here are some pictures of the Bead-Azzling Readers board and the bead boxes:
The 100% beads are just regular beads that you get about 1000 in a container. The non-fiction beads are star shaped. The chapter book beads look like the 100% beads, just much larger. I got all of the beads at my new favorite place - Hobby Lobby.
I am curious, do your schools participate in the AR program?