There's a great deal of talk these days in the field of education for students to become "Leaders of Their Own Learning" Which, is an incredible concept, but how do we as Early Childhood and Elementary Educators get a six year old child or for that matter even a five year old child to truly become a Leader of Their Own Learning, when sometimes we are just challenged to get 20 students to and from the bathroom in a timely manner, or explain what it means to "ask" a question and not answer the question "What is your favorite thing about school?" with a remark about how "one time my little brother found a bug and put it under his pillow", or why it's not a good idea to put "chicken bones in our shoes" (true story)!! And yet, due to our many talents, (and God given gifts) we somehow do manage to take these young students from where they are when they enter our classrooms and move them up the ladder of social/emotional development and up the ladder of academic achievement, and most times it is through OUR own prodding and pulling, and coaching, and encouraging! (No wonder we teachers crash on the couch at 7:45!)
But, what if I told you there IS a much easier way to get young students to take hold of their learning, to actually ASK to go on to the next skill level, to be EXCITED and INTRINSICALLY MOTIVATED, about their successes and achievements to the point that YOU as the teacher are doing your best just to keep up with THEIR ENTHUSIASM AND GOAL SETTING? YES....this is also ANOTHER TRUE STORY! What if I told you that teaching didn't have to mean hours and hours of planning and stress, but that it could be fun and exciting and enjoyable for YOU as well as the students? The Sunny Little Corner does ALL of that and even more, no wonder teachers leave The Reading Academy Teacher Training Sessions excited about their teaching! Our program is loved by teachers because it was created and tested and actually USED by a teacher year after year for more than 20 years and yet it remains current and relevant to today's teaching concepts! Teachers leave our workshops excited and passionate about their profession again! We provide the TOOLS and you as the teacher provide the nurture, the kindness, and the CONNECTION with your students! The Sunny Little Corner is designed in such a way as to provide the format of HOW to learn, and then the students quickly take hold and move forward, becoming the LEADER OF THEIR OWN LEARNING, very quickly with their own Personal Learning Plan, still teacher GUIDED AND FACILITATED, but PROPELLED by the LEARNER!
Parents also love this program too because The Sunny Little Corner Reading Club Notebook is a strong connection that bridges the gap between home and school and parents stay informed and know exactly what phonics skill their child is working on, which skill their child has mastered, and what their child's next goal will be. We have had parents tell us "My child had to take her Reading Club Notebook on vacation with us!" Or, "My child actually wants to sleep with his Reading Club Notebook!" Please, do yourself a favor as an educator and learn more about The Reading Academy, LLC and our Reading Program, The Sunny Little Corner!!