Teaching students to read is the top priority of a kindergarten teacher!
Reading and writing skills are connected. I believe in a child-centered classroom with many opportunities for real life reading and writing experiences. The literacy activities in my classroom will include reading approached with numerous strategies for my kiddos to become skillful readers. The balance between literacy and writing in my classroom will allow my students to receive the teaching needed in order to succeed, while allowing students to work at a level that is not frustrating for them. My goal as a teacher is to help children become readers and writers who enjoy and value literacy .
Balanced Literacy is the balance of teacher-initiated activities and student-initiated activities along with an emphasis on assessment. A balanced program requires opportunities for reading and writing to students, reading and writing with students, and reading and writing by students.
Time Literacy Activity Texts/Materials Grouping Structure 9:00 Book Browsing: students select a book for independent reading or browsing, and gather on the carpet until everyone is assembled and lessons can begin. Self-selected independent-reading materials Individual or buddies 9:15 Shared Literacy Routines: shared reading or modeled, shared, or interactive writing
Big Books, Interactive, or Language experience
Whole class (built-in structures mean learning can take place at many levels) 9:30 Guided Reading:2-3 groups per day Independent Literacy Routines Leveled reading materials at instructional level of groups; balance of fiction and non-fiction Small, needs-based groups Heterogeneous groups or individual 9:45 10:00 10:15 Word Wall Routines High-frequency words “harvested” from reading and writing Whole class or large group, as needed 10:30 Recess Break 10:45 Interactive Read-aloud Well written texts in a variety of genres; beyond students’ reading level Whole class 11:00 11:15 11:30
Writing materials; writing may extend from read-aloud Individual 11:45 Lunch Break
5 Star Writing/ WOW Paper!
I wrote two or more sentences that my teacher can read. I started with a capital letter, have finger space, and punctuation at the end!
4 Star Writing!
I used a capital letter to start my sentence. I ended my sentence with a punctuation mark. I have a finger space between my words. My teacher can read what I wrote.
3 Star Writing!
I made a detailed picture. I wrote a simple sentence.
2 Star Writing!
I made a picture. I wrote some letters and/or words.
1 Star Writing!
I made a picture.
Assist with literacy stations in the classroom.
Be present at Parent/Teacher Conferences
Lend a hand with the necessary making of classroom tools
Volunteer/read to the class
Gift of Gab---Converse with you child about their day at school
Listen to and Read books to your child
Practice sight words
Steer kiddos in completing homework
Online Resources for Kids
Online Resources for Parents
Please pick up a copy of the family literacy brochure as you exit the room. This will be a useful tool in helping you create a lifelong reader and writer.
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