Saturday, January 14, 2012

Gmail in Kindergarten!

Every week the children check their email and reply to their parents and other family members who have sent an email.  This is a wonderful way for the children to begin to understand the importance of becoming a safe, responsible, digital citizen.  The children gain extra reading practice when they get to read their new email.  Then when they reply, they simply type their message.  As young reader's and writer's we have been sounding out words we wish to use as well as leaving spaces between our words.  We discovered that we can do this on our own and that our message is clearer when we leave spaces between our words.  
In Kindergarten we are learning about writing for purpose.  This is another great example of that!  We are using email not only to practice literacy skills, but to make connections with others and to share what we are learning and exploring during the day.

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