September is here! While I don’t condone starting tons of new material RIGHT AWAY (check out tips for the first 10 days here), I do think it’s best to start simple comprehension as soon as you can!
Simple comprehension has a routine of it’s own, and if you starting teaching the routine right away- your year will go more smoothly. The BEST part of simple comprehension is that while the stories are different and skills get more difficult, the routine and structure is IDENTICAL each month… talk about exactly what our students need right?
Introduce the routine DIRECTLY. Tell the students that this is a NEW ROUTINE, don’t try to guide them through it blindly, have a plan!
I get asked about my lesson plans alot- and the truth is I’m not a huge traditional lesson plan person. I had an Erin Condren teacher planner (because I like the size of the squares and durability of it) and I just would dot down a book we would read or when there was a field trip. Why? Because my day to day was pretty identical. We had our set routines for all subjects and students knew what to expect. Each month I would bring out seasonal things, but I didn’t need to write that down really. Once your in a routine you kinda just learn to go with the flow (and I’m pretty type A!).
Today I’m showing you how to plan for Simple Comprehension in this way! Just job down what story you’ll do each week (yes you can change the order or switch things in and out from month to month!) and how you plan to teach it (whole group, small group, 1:1, centers) and that’s it. The plans are already there, the pieces are already made- it really doesn’t take too much planning!
If you are using Simple Comprehension in your classroom please tag me in your photos and #SimpleComprehension- I love to see them!