t-risk first grader for a semester using the MONDO intervention system. It was a great experience to help a kiddo go from basically being a non-reader (she knew maybe 3 sight words at the beginning of 1st grade) and would not write for ANYTHING! Once we broke down her wall and she started feeling successful, it was onward and upward for her. Oh how I miss that sweet little girl!
A moment for comic relief…
I’ll be completely honest… Most of August was spent getting centers procedures down pat. I’m talking practice, practice, practice. If a kiddo didn’t transition quietly or immediately get to work at the new center then it was, “Let’s try it again. I know we can do better!” Over… and over… and over. I am super glad we got the routine down, because it was one less thing to worry about come September.
As you can tell, I made it through (and so did my kiddos)! I finally figured out a system for centers activities that I was comfortable with managing, and thankfully my first graders left me with an average of 1.09 years of reading level growth. Yes, exact decimal average… My charter school was crazy about data, haha.