Mary from Sharing Kindergarten and Marsha from A Differentiated Kindergarten. They did a wonderful job so make sure you visit their posts as well!
Here are a few thoughts from this chapter:
I do encourage EEKK reading (elbow to elbow, knee to knee) but do not require it as long as the reading buddies are close enough and on task. I have several places around the room that work well for partner reading: bean bags, cozy carpet spaces, "Pair Chairs," my "Book Nook" hut, and a "Buddy Bench." As you can see...I like to name my special areas. :)
Here is an EEKK reminder sign I plan to display in one or more of my reading areas along with my 3 Ways to Read a Book sign. You can click on the pictures to download each sign.
You know the check for understanding wooden check marks that are mentioned in ch. 5? I decided I want my students to be able to hold a wooden check mark too (to help them remember to check for understanding while their partner is reading). After I asked the hubs to make me some...and he explained that it would require a tool that he does not have but would be willing to get (another tool??) I did a little research and found some cheap ones online here. The largest size costs .75. Shipping and handling is the biggest expense but I went ahead and ordered some. I plan to paint them when they arrive and write "I can check for understanding!" on them.
Listening Lane is one of my students' favorite literacy stations. They have several choice ways to listen to reading. I have a CD player with 2 baskets full of books on CD. I have a mixture of purchased CDs and ones I have recorded myself. Here are a few you'll find in my room:
Here are a few sites I have bookmarked for this purpose: