Notes from An Alien

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Impact: Matching Books to Readers by Ona Feinberg

The author of today’s re-blog says: “…I dare you to spend 10 minutes with a 5-year-old and a basket of books and not smile.”; and, I immediately want to take that dare :-)

Nerdy Book Club

I got to help kindergartners pick books today.

“Bring over your book bins, friends,” I told each group. “Today, I get to do some of my favorite things! I get to hear you read books, and I get to help you pick ‘just right’ books.”  

I wasn’t exaggerating, these really are a few of my favorite things.

Each group was different, of course: Made up of two to six 5- and 6-year-old individuals, each with 2 or 3 books in their book bins. These kindergarteners had varying degrees of loving books, sight word recognition, decoding skills, and motion and squirm while we worked on the carpet. Some children read smoothly, turning the pages of their memorized book at the right spot. Others read pointing at each word, practicing their sight words, and their word attack skills. After reading a little of their book to me, we would pick new…

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