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Teaching Kids To Read with Shared Reading: Part 1—with FREE download!

Posted by Kathy Crane on Jun 16, 2014 10:54:00 AM

Crane-1-1This is a guest post by Kathy Crane, who will be contributing a series of posts over the next few months. If you like what you see here, check back frequently for more posts from here and click here to read her blog, Kindergarten Kiosk.

I was introduced to the concept of “shared reading” during my first year of teaching when my principal sent me to a professional development opportunity to learn a “new” method of teaching, that I soon found to be priceless. So what is shared reading?

Shared reading has its roots in "whole language" and is an instructional approach that is collaborative in nature. It is based on the research of Don Holdaway (1979) that emulates and builds from a child’s laptime experience with books and moves the experience to the classroom setting with the use of big books.

By using the techniques of shared reading, teachers can empower students to become confident, independent readers by practicing important reading behaviors in a safe, risk-free environment.


The steps of shared reading:

  1. A formal shared reading begins with warm-ups! The teacher can lead the group with favorite song, fingerplay, or poem that will set the stage for the book to be read. For example, if your big book happens to be “Do-Whacky-Do,” you might want to try this song about clowns. (You can download a 1237x1600 pixel image of this song at the bottom of the page!)

Crane-1-2Clowns (Tune: Baby Bumblebee)

I see a little clown with a big tall hat.
I see a clown who is short and really fat.
I see a little clown with a funny nose.
I see a clown with pointy toes.
I like the little clown who’s big and strong.
I like the clown who giggles all day long.
I like the little clown who is happy as can be.
I like the clown who dances for me!

  1. After the warm-up, the teacher can use questioning techniques to build on prior knowledge, such as: “What do you already know about clowns?” “Has anyone seen a clown?” 
  1. The teacher then can pull out the book Do-Whacky-Do. “I want to read a new book to you today. What do you think this book will be about?” (At this time, the teacher can point out the name of the author and illustrator, draw attention to the illustration on the cover, and narrow earlier predictions).
  1. The teacher will then read the story aloud to the students. During this initial reading, the teacher will model good reading habits. She will read with expression, pitch, pausing at punctuation, etc. During this reading, the teacher may demonstrate “think aloud” techniques. This first reading is a time for students to see how a good reader brings a story to life with excitement and joy.
  1. Next, the teacher will invite the students to read with her as she points to the words in the story. This choral "read together" time gives students opportunity to imitate skilled reading as they “read” text that they could not read on their own. This important section of shared reading has many varied activities and focus. Look for my follow-up post entitled “Teaching Kids to Read with Shared Reading: Part 2” to learn more about this step!

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For more information about Joy Cowley's books, click here to visit our website. To download a larger image of the clown song, click the image below.

Clown Song Printable Graphic Download       

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Shared Reading, Joy Cowley Classics, Do-Whacky-Do, Kathy Crane

Last Chance for the Special Price: Joy Cowley's Do-Whacky-Do Big Book!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Apr 9, 2014 9:03:17 AM

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Joy Cowley's Do-Whacky-Do Big Book Special:
LAST CHANCE!

Back by popular demand! One of Joy Cowley's all-time, most-loved stories—Do-Whacky-Dowill again be available to entertain an entirely new generation of readers! This 24-page big book (13 7/8" x 16 5/8") showcases Joy's terrific sense of humor, wonderful use of rhyme, and her unique brand of storytelling. Children and adults alike will love this fun adventure that starts off simply enough with ten baggy clowns going off to town...

We're offering this colorful Big Book for $7.00 off the regular price, but only until 4/15/2014! You have one week left to take advantage of the pre-publication price!

A LIMITED-TIME OFFER: Don't miss out on Hameray's "Pre-Publication Special"! Click here to find out more!

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Big Books, Joy Cowley Classics

Hameray Herald: March 2014 Issue

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Mar 26, 2014 8:41:00 AM

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HIGH-INTEREST + LOW READING LEVELS

START BY GRABBING YOUR STRIVING READERS' ATTENTION

Hameray's collection of high-interest readers are designed to provide reading help to both struggling and reluctant readers. The readability of these controlled books aids striving readers in improving their reading strategies, while developing stronger comprehension skills. Hameray offers books that range in reading level from M–S with an interest level for students in grades 3–8.

Series include the Hameray Biography Series, Download Series, Underwater Encounters, Extraordinary Files and SuperScripts.

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Almost There... Winners to be Announced 4/2!

LAST CHANCE. Enter now for a chance to win a Joy Cowley Grand Prize! Ten other lucky winners will also be selected!

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Blog: Susanna Westby of Whimsy Workshop

WORDLESS BOOKS. Get inspiration from Susanna's great lesson ideas on writing: observations, invented spellings, and editing.

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BUY NOW & SAVE! A special pre-publication offer for one of Joy Cowley's most-loved stories, Do-Whacky-Do, a poetic tale of "10 baggy clowns" going to town. With bright, colorful illustrations, the Do-Whacky-Do Big Book will thrill young readers using the fun, rhyming language you've come to expect from Joy! 
 
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LEARNING + FUN. Spring Break shouldn't be an excuse to let the learning stop! Have parents download Hameray's early literacy apps while students are out of the classroom or augment your classroom lessons with these educational apps for the iPad & iPhone. 

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Hameray Herald, Mobile Apps, My World, Apps, Joy Cowley Classics

Pre-Publication Special: Joy Cowley's Do-Whacky-Do Big Book!

Posted by Tara Rodriquez on Mar 7, 2014 8:19:00 AM

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Joy Cowley's Do-Whacky-Do Big Book: Available Soon!

Back by popular demand! One of Joy Cowley's all-time, most-loved stories—Do-Whacky-Dowill again be available to entertain an entirely new generation of readers! This 24-page big book (13 7/8" x 16 5/8") showcases Joy's terrific sense of humor, wonderful use of rhyme, and her unique brand of storytelling. Children and adults alike will love this fun adventure that starts off simply enough with ten baggy clowns going off to town...

A LIMITED-TIME OFFER: Don't miss out on Hameray's "Pre-Publication Special"! Click here to find out more!

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Topics: Joy Cowley, Big Books, Joy Cowley Classics

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