Spoon feeding and elaborate instructions are behind us and it’s time for my students to think for themselves and show me what they know. We spent yesterday on some phonics review and a new math concept. Then I let each student choose a book to read to me. It can be a l-o-n-g process for some students: a 7-page reader with one sentence on each page might take ten minutes. However, the less I intervene, the better they get. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years is that adults seldom give children enough time to think. We don’t wait nearly long enough before jumping in with the correct word, answer, solution.
So, for the next few weeks my students will be applying their phonics and reading and writing skills. I’m very pleased with the progress most are making.