Kindergarten is a unique place. Our youngest students enter our classrooms with various experiences with literacy. Many students start kindergarten without the item knowledge that we associate with learning how to read. They don’t recognize letters, know letter sounds, and don’t have any sight word knowledge. The expectations are high and time is limited, so there’s a need to get started quickly. We wonder, how can we start small group instruction so early? (more…)
Do these quotes speak to you about your reading life? It is like they are screaming out to me because of my ever growing to-be-read pile. I love having a reading stack and find comfort in it, but I also need to be more intentional about carving out more time to read. I decided to come up with an opportunity for all the wonderful readers who have “TBR” stacks.
Donalyn Miller author of The Book Whisperer states, “Although I never state it outright to my students, my mandate that they read and the enthusiasm I show for books sends a powerful message. I want students to know that I see each of them as a reader. All students in the class are readers – yes, with varying levels of readiness and interest – but readers nonetheless. I must believe that my students are readers – or will be readers- so they believe it (pg. 23).” It is important to believe that all our students are readers and that we help them grow into motivated readers who develop habits of lifelong readers. (more…)