For the most part, it went pretty well. I have an aide for about 45 minutes during my morning time 2-3 days a week. I made sure I scheduled my math station/group time when I have her help. She works with my low group during stations. It is a BIG help!! :)
*I had originally thought I had cute colored baskets at school--but I was using them for book boxes.
But these black shower caddies from Wally World work wonders.
I labeled my tubs (3 different groups).
Then I labeled Ziplock baggies with the color of the group and a day of the week.
Then I dropped in the center/station that I wanted the group to do each day.
The Ziplock baggies fit perfectly in the bigger part of the caddy, and I could add manipulatives, dice, pencils, etc. to the other parts of the caddy to keep everything right at the fingertips.
Since I'm differentiating my stations, the work may be a little more in the beginning, but as the weeks progress, I can just bump things down from my other groups--saving time in the end.
And it's all right there---in those little caddies. And having it ready to go for the week makes it easier on me if I have a sub or a helper in the room.
The kids seemed to enjoy them. Their biggest comment was "we get centers TWICE?"
I don't think they realized they were learning! :)
Since I'm trying to make life easier (for me) ;) -I created a list of my Super Reader Sight Words.
I had made the Super Reader Sets for a few of my struggling firsties last year...and though I'm going to use it this year, I also wanted to be able to find the word easily. The words all come from one of these sets:
You can click the links to see the product on TpT.
I thought that having the word list would help me pull resources as needed for words (whether I use it with the basal or continue using it the way I designed it). It also lets me see what words I'm missing so maybe I can get a new set going! :)
*If you own the Super Readers Sets, you can click on the word list above to grab you a copy of the words that are in the packs. I hope it helps you too! :)