PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Kindergarten Readers!

November 21, 2019 


Our reading workshop has been focused on building many skills to help us become readers.  Our current unit features emergent storybooks. These storybooks are often favorites for our young readers and help them feel successful at reading even if they are not yet ready to read the words.  The emergent storybooks include detailed pictures that help students tell the story while looking mostly at the pictures. We are learning to change our voices when the characters speak, to use our bodies to match what is happening and to practice story language. Some of the emergent storybooks include Caps For Sale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Harry the Dirty Dog, Corduroy,  and The Three Bears. We have been practicing buddy reading and figuring out who we are as readers.

Buddy reading in the cozy corner

Buddy reading at our desks
Buddy reading on the carpet

Word Study

We have started learning letters, sounds, and letter formation (handwriting) using a program called Fundations.  Fundations is a systematic, sequential, multisensory approach to teaching early learners how to write letters and connect letters to sounds. We begin by explicitly teaching how to write lowercase letters as these are the letters we read and write most often.  So far, we have learned the letters t, b, f, n, m, c, a, r, o, i, g, d, s, e, u, l, h and k. We include many ways to make learning letters and sounds fun! Some ways include using a mystery box of objects that begin with our sounds, matching 2 piece puzzle pieces and skywriting with our bodies to form letters.  We have also started to learn some sight words. Sight words are words that appear frequently in many texts that people read, but can’t be easily sounded out. Learning them helps children become more confident readers and writers. Some of the words we have learned so far include I, the, like, is, my, to, a, has, see, and, go, it. We practice our letters and words on our Fundations whiteboards.


We have our November birthday celebration on Tuesday, November 26th.

We have our field trip to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum on Wednesday, November 27th.