Mirror and Circle Stories SOL

I'm linking up with The Two Writing Teachers for their weekly Slice of Life story challenge you should too!

I’ve been testing the water with Whole Brain teaching this year. Do you know about it? I read about it this summer and watched the You Tube videos from this teacher. I like some of it, and some of it I’m still not sure of. One thing I can say is my kiddos love what I have done. They love the call backs, and ol Mr. Smiley and Mr. Frowny. We have been working really hard to get to our spots before the teacher settles in to earn that smiley!
Today I decided to test out “mirror” in writer’s workshop. Oh my was IT a hit! Instead of just talking about “circle stories” and our mentor texts this week (Laura Numerolf) before I sent them off to write I had them mirror- “circle stories bring us back to what the author started with in the beginning.” As we said this we mirrored our hands as well in a circular motion. They did it perfectly the first time!
As I sent them off to write, as usual, I asked them each to tell me what they’re working on. As you can bet I had a few circle stories being started today!

It was a good day in first grade!   

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  1. Sounds fascinating, Tammy. I don't know about this program, will follow your links! Look up Round Trip, by Ann Jonas - here's the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Round-Trip-Ann-Jonas/dp/0688099866/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378858677&sr=1-1&keywords=round+trip It's an old favorite I've used even with older kids about 'circle' stories! Glad you're having fun!

  2. Thank you Linda it is now in my cart!

  3. Good days in first grade are a blessing. It's exciting when they get a concept so quickly.