Reading to self is a wonderful way to build stamina when reading. It is also a wonderful way for young children to use their oral language to explore text as they begin to comprehend stories.
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In the beginning we practice looking and reading books by exploring the illustrations and also retell the stories we know. This is important for us to become confident readers. Oral language gives us lots of opportunities to talk and speak about what we understand and give us confidence!
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We had a wonderful day making different types of connections with one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books;"Wacky Wednesday". What do you notice in our slideshow?
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Sight Word Fun In Kindergarten!
We are learning many new words in Kindergarten that help us with our reading. Sight words are words that appear in many of the books we read and can not always be sounded out! We are learning many fun games with Ms. Caitlin to help us learn them.
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4. dedication page
5. an author and an illustrator!
We are creating our own books about the metamorphosis of a Monarch Butterfly!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
After reading one of our favorite stories, The Very Hungry Caterpillar we created our own caterpillar! We used colored clay and googly eyes! On Tuesday we create a habitat for our new friends.
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The Very Busy Caterpillar!
Today while we were rereading the story;"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" a couple of the students noticed things and made connections!
We are reading a variety of nursery rhymes and poetry in Kindergarten. We are noticing that many rhymes and poems have rhythm which helps us remember what we hear and read.
During our Reader's Workshop time the children spend lots of time reading Just Right Books. These are books that are right for them to read. if we read books that are too easy or too hard we are not reading what is "just right" for us to become a better reader. Sometimes readers make connections too! In the photograph you see a child making a text to text connection! He is re creating his own non-fiction book about bears. He is making a text to text connection because he found another book about bears.
Interacting With Tools To Help Develop Reading Strategies
The children get daily opportunities to practice the strategies that they learn daily during our reader's workshop time. The children sit side by side, listen, look at the words and pictures as well as make connections and ask questions. Amazing!
Comprehension Strategies That Help Us Understand What We Read
During our reader's workshop time the children have been learning about different comprehension strategies that help us understand what we read. The strategies are making connections, asking questions and visualizing.
When we make connections we will sometimes make 'tracks" using post it notes to remind us of the connection we made and/or the type of comprehension strategy we were using.
A Great Connection!
We use the Fundations reading program in Kindergarten. The child in the video is making a connection with a reading skill she recently learned during our "Echo Time."
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During our morning meeting time we have lots of opportunities to practice what we know about words. We call this word play! We identify words we know, we scoop sentences to help us read with fluency(which is like we talk!) and then we practice writing the words and sounds we explore during part 1 of our reader's workshop time.
The children make connections by interacting with our SMARTboard by identifying words we know and letters and sounds. Through this interactive experience the children can then write the letters and sounds in their special dictation booklet we use during our "Echo Time".
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Reader's Workshop in Kindergarten!