We're Learning to Read, Folks!
It's early in the year, but we're ready to read. Directly above you see some high frequency or sight words we already know. You may add go and went to the list and this week we'll add is. Learning these words will help your kindergarten student become solid readers. They are "anchors" by which an emergent reader, such as your child, will use to help her decode other words in context.
At the top you see my friend holding a blue book bag. Inside is the first little book we've read together in a small group. The first strategy we're learning is to get our mouth ready with the first sound when we come to a word we don't know. We also look at the picture for clues. It's exciting to watch your children use these strategies early in the school year.
My next friend in the light green sweater is demonstrating what beginning readers do in order to focus on the word. We're learning 1 to 1 correspondence: one point, one word.
Here's a connection (or two...). We use 1 to 1 correspondence when we're counting. When we count we begin at the top and move from right to left with return sweep, such as when we're following an one hundreds chart. It's a lot like reading. When we form our capital letters (and many lower case too), we start our letters at the top...just like when we read.
Back to the book bag. When your child brings home a book in a bag like this it's her homework. She (or he) should read the book to a parent or family member and return the envelope with book inside, to school the next day. No worries if you don't get to it the first night, but try to return as soon as possible.
To start, I'll try to send home two books each week if all goes well.
Have fun and stay tuned for more ways you can help your child in Kindergarten.