Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Read to Self

   Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Bright Ideas Blog Hop about the Daily Five's Read to Self Tip.
Read to Self
Readers Need To Read Every Single Day!
How can we expect children to learn to read if we don't give them class time to read? I was a teacher for a long time when those word hit me smack in the forehead! Just because I went home and read as a child, just because my children went home and read everyday, just because we tell children to go home and read ... it doesn't really mean that children DO go home and read daily. 

We must squeeze at least 20 minutes a day into our reading block for students to read material that 
1. interests them and 
2. is on their reading level.

Twenty minutes a day, in class, equals 60 hours a school year. Sure, we have a lot to teach, there is a lot to do each day, but squeezing 20 minutes in a day not only gives your students 60 extra hours of literature and vocabulary compared to other children, but also shows them the IMPORTANCE of reading. Then indirectly, the ♥LOVE of reading. 

The Daily Five is a structured system that will help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working with peers that will lead to a lifetime of independent literacy. If you're not familiar with it, I recommend you Google it, as there are many resources available as well as The Daily Five website from the authors of the book. You can start out with just trying to fit a "Daily Three" into your routine, Read to Someone, Read to Self and Word Work. Last month I wrote about Read to Someone, today I wrote about Read to Self and you guessed it, next month will be Word Work. I would love to have you come back! :)
Reading 20 minutes a day, that's my tip, I hope it helps!
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Bright Ideas Blog Hop about the Daily Five's Read to Self Tip.
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  1. Reading daily in school is so important! I know my own daughter read for hours when she got home, but many do not, so school is the only time they get to enjoy books and practice the skills we teach!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

    1. Another excellent point Sally, they need time to practice the skill we're working on that day or week!
      Fern :)

  2. Yes! I couldn't agree more!!! Thank you for posting. I have some changes to do to my schedule!

  3. I'm with you Fern, that 20 minutes is a game changer! So often kids don't have many books at home let alone ones in their reading level.


    1. Linda, that's another important point I forgot about! Thank you so much for sharing, Fern :)


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