Happy New Year 2018!
The new year has been a very busy time in Kindergarten! We recently introduced literacy centers in our classroom. This is a time when students are working in small groups on different activities. The activities they are participating in are a concrete way to practice several different literacy skills that will help with reading and writing. Building independence during this time allows for me to meet with small groups and focus on a particular skill with those students. Here are some pictures of literacy centers in action:
Over the course of the past few weeks, I met with each student individually to read and placed each student on his/her independent reading level. Students read a book to me and I take note of the strategies they are using to decode words as well as their fluency and expression. I then ask students to retell the story and I ask some questions so I can assess their comprehension. There are some books in our library that are leveled by difficulty, beginning at level A and moving up. Students went “book shopping” for books on their independent level and placed them in their book baggie. This baggie will travel between home and school each day. The books will be changed weekly. Look for an important letter in your child’s take home folder for more information on how to support your beginning reader.