A new year and new faces but still the same fun! It is my goal to post more this year to share with you all that we’ve learned. We have started out the school year learning lots about procedures and kindergarten expectations. We’ve also read books about going to school for the first time. One book that we read was Dinosaur Starts School. We compared how Dinosaur felt about the first day of school and compared it to our first day of school feelings. Next we created an Anchor Chart discussing the problem and solution in the story. Finally we made pennants illustrating our feelings using emojis.
For our phonics we’ve been beginning to learn letter names and sounds using a group of characters called “AlphaFriends” from the Journeys reading program. The AlphaFriends help our students say the names of the letters as well as the sounds they make. They then used crayons to “rainbow write” in their journals the letters.
One part of my reading block through the past 4 years has been that of literacy workshop. It is a block of time for my students to work together in small groups to work on important literacy skills, work on social skills, and problem solving. This time allows for me to work closely with students that needs help on deficient skills and work with my students on guided reading.
Students are given a group and they follow a schedule that shows what center they are on. Each center has a card that matches the schedule. The students find the center based on the schedule and the clothespin shows the student what part of the schedule they are on. When the timer goes off students find the center that has the card that matches the next card.
For the first few weeks of school our focus will be on letter recognition. Students will work on matching letters at the pocket chart, playing with magnetic letters (building words if possible), putting together letter puzzles, and finally coloring a back to school book.
We are becoming stronger and stronger independent readers in Daniel’s K-1 All-Stars. Today we read another book from our Read On Your Own series of books called In the Van.
In this story the text is easy for emergent readers to decode. Students learned about how to find the problem and solution and used both the text and inferencing from the pictures. We filled out a story map labeling the characters, problem, solution, and setting of the story. Then as a class we brainstormed a few ideas for writing our own stories with a problem and solution.
For phonics we have been working on learning words that begin with the letter v. All students were provided with magnetic letters ‘v’, ‘a’, and ‘n’. They were encouraged to figure if they could make a word with those letters. Once everyone created the word van they were also provided with the letters f, p, t, c. Students made words using those letters and wrote them down in a list.
We’ve been learning the letter S and the /s/ sound. One of our centers available for literacy workshop today was a cutting and gluing activity. Students cut out various pictures of key words and glued them onto construction sorting them based on if the words started with the /s/ sound or not.
Today as we continued our lesson on /ar/ words and sounds we practiced making words using cards on an onset / rime workmat. After students had practice building words they recognized from the mini-lesson; they glued on the cards to create their favorite word.