Now, that you have books to read and a place to put the books, your kids are actually reading…and they break stamina. After students have broken stamina, it’s time to play a quiet signal. I use a traditional teacher’s bell and ring it 2-3 times. As soon as it is rung, students quickly grab their book bin, put their bin on their desk, and sit on the carpet (SILENTLY)! The Sisters recommend chimes or a magic wand, but the teacher bell works for me. 🙂
The Sisters also talk about barometer students in this chapter and tools we can provide to help keep them on track. Barometer students are the students who break stamina first and the ones who we have to check-in with more often. I’ve found that for students who break stamina because of constant book-changing, a sand timer is a great tool for when to change books. I’ll also provide Sight Word Rings for book bins, so these friends can have a change of pace.
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