Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mentor Magic


On Thursday we met with our fifth grade mentors and decided to go to the computer lab for some letter practice. We walked over together (kids had their arms around their buddies or were holding their hands). In front of the lab is a grassy area where students sat down together and the little ones read from their literacy bags all the books I have created for them for guided reading. It was great practice for them and their buddies gave them lots of praise for their efforts. After this we went into the lab. The kinderkids sat at the computer with headphones while their buddy sat next to them (on their knees) and helped them along. We had some glitches with the technology but the 5th graders resolved these issues faster than I could! There is something to be said for "digital natives."

9 comments:

Freckleteacher said...

Great post Fran! I can just picture your little Kinders and their 5th grade mentors side by side doing Starfall and reading. How lucky they are!

Chrissy said...

My kinders are "book buddies" with the 2nd-graders. We meet every other week for about 20 minutes. My students love reading to the older children!

Thank you for the sweet things you said about my own babies! My husband looked at that post and said, "No. Way. Ten years? They grew that much in just ten years??!" :-)

ReadWriteSing

Fran Kramer said...

I think having older kids to read to is so much fun for the little ones. It is so motivating for them and they have someone's full attention. What could be wrong with that?

Cindy said...

Fran,
I've got double envy going on here....you're up and running with your 5th grade buddies AND you have the warm sun too! ;) What a lovely picture you paint. ;) thanks for sharing!

Fran Kramer said...

Okay sweet friend,
Do not feel jealous. I have a long way to go with some of my little friends. They are so overwhelmed by the rigor of our k program and so is their teacher!
However, the sun is out and it is beautiful. Recess is becoming my favorite part of the day too!!!

msdora162 said...

I would love to have your mentor magic stuff available. Will you be publishing to tpt soon. We have a K-8 school. Lots of mentors available. We are an urban school and my baby dolls need all the help they can get. Thank you in advance.

Kdg Mo said...

I agree with msdora162...Will you be posting your letter cards, get to know you charts, etc on TpT? I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to purchase!! Some of my kids are so low and definitely need the review :)

Fran Kramer said...

I will post soon.

Sandy said...

Hi Fran,

Love your mentor idea. I just approached out gr. 2 teacher today about doing this and her kids are super excited. Just wondering if you have published your intervention packet for mentors yet. I looked at your TPT store and didn't see it there. Thanks so much!
Sandy