Whew! Has it been a hectic start to the year! (Can I get an AMEN?) I can't remember being so frazzled the previous 8 times I've started a new school year! Geez...
I have a wonderful class... 19 kiddos, most are well-behaved, polite, caring. I have one that I am going to bump heads with this year because he/she is so mean and likes to push the limit. Several come to Jesus meetings later, I think we are making some progress but I'm going to be optimistic!
My kids have loved the owl theme. They talk about seeing owl things out and about, or they're excited when they have an owl on their clothes, or see one in a book...
I've created a monster :)
One frustration, and my main frustration is my lowest student...
Friends, I need help.
This child is the weakest child I've ever taught who was not given services. The reading level is C or DRA 3. Word study DSA - only 1 word correct in Letter Name. Just to compare... my next lowest student got 15 words correct on the Letter Name DSA. There is a developing concept of word, and this child mimics those around while doing our IDR (Independent Daily Reading). I watched TC tracking and there is no return sweep, but a left to right, right to left directionality.
A magic cure would be wonderful...but I was wondering if anyone had any good websites or resources that I could use for intervention to help this child. Going back to first grade (which I think would help...) is not an option. I feel like this child was placed in my room for a reason and I need to help...NOW.
Not being as familiar with Kindergarten type reading issues, I'm reaching out to my blogland buds for help. TC will be working with a reading specialist, but while TC is in my reading class, I need resources. I hate to group TC in with my lowest group because that group is so much further ahead, and I have 4 groups already! Realistically I can't do it!!! (and that frustrates the hockey sticks out of me!!) I'm hoping to pull TC aside after school while waiting for the bus and other times during the day to help. I can do some during reading stations (I hope).
Help a frustrated teacher out??