In November I was asked to guest post for Adventures in Literacy Land. I was so excited to guest blog...and now I am so excited to be a part of their blog. I wanted to re-post the blog, in case some of you didn't follow this link.
I admit it...I'm a Control FreakI am also kinda a control freak when it comes to teaching reading to kindergartners. I have a passion for emergent readers and writers and truly believe kindergarten is more important than ever. I would be willing to say it to any parent, any administrator and anyone making education decisions that kindergarten has become the most important year in the life of a child. That being said, there are a couple of non-negotiables in teaching reading to our earliest readers.
Students must be given the time to practice reading. We wouldn’t expect to become a prima ballerina, professional athlete or concert violinist without practice, so we cannot expect students to become prolific readers without practice. Having the time scheduled is just the start. Students need to be encouraged to read when they finish early. Students in my class have a bag of books that are leveled texts. These books are given at the guided reading table and they have gotten instruction on these books. They also have 2 areas in my classroom for self-selected books. The first area is the leveled library in the room. These books were collected over the years and have single copies of books. Students know their reading level and they are allowed to take any book from that level or the levels before it.
STAY TUNED...I have Non-Negotiables for Word Study coming soon.