Reading Skills

Teaching Kindergartners to Blend the Play Way

Teaching Kindergartners to Blend the Play Way

The systematic teaching of all phonological awareness skills is imperative to ensure a students’ future reading success. Daily, intentional instruction of, and more importantly, the “playing with" individual sounds in a meaningful way will build cognitive clarity as students experience how sounds work together to form words.

A child’s future reading success is directly linked to his/her understanding of phonological awareness skills. Consequently, daily intentional, strategic teaching of those skills must exist in the kindergarten classroom. The best way to teach these skills? Well the play way of course!

Reader's Theater in Kindergarten

Using Reader's Theater in kindergarten is not only great fun, but it is the perfect way to build reading confidence, fluency, and developed comprehension skills. This week students were working hard in their reading groups to read, practice, refine, and then perform!

These scripts are perfect for benchmark kindergarten readers! The scripts are engaging as they are based on familiar folktales. 

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Increase Student's Assessment Scores Quickly: RTI at its Finest!

Power Pocket Instruction & Practice Cards only $2.00
Are you looking for an easy way to quickly increase rote knowledge of important early skills that are used in Dibels testing and others? Try “Power Pockets!” I have used pockets of this type for about 20 years now, and I have found they provide excellent results. Simply construct, laminate (if desired), cut slits in the pockets, and use.

This product offers instructions for constructions, number circles and title cards, as well as 30 plus pages of practice cards for Alphabet Letter Naming, Segmenting, Sight Words (over 100 to choose from, including Wonders Words), and Numbers 0-20. Instructions for easily making new practice cards of your choosing is included.

The students love these “Power Pockets” and need no additional reward than the accomplishment of learning! Yes, I have found these pockets to be RTI at its finest. The folders and the pockets are available at amazon here: Pockets, Folders.

Find a place to store the pockets that is easy to grab.
I have used Avery Labels and simply layered over time, but recently I have begun using these labels that simply peel off when a new student is ready for the pocket.

I have had this "Power Pocket" for about 20 years and it is still in perfect shape!

Reader's Workshop in Kindergarten

Research shows that the more a child reads, the better reader he will become. Consequently, when Spring arrives in my Kindergarten Classroom, Reader’s Workshop goes full throttle. 
Students have "Eyes on Text."
My school uses an extravention model that allows me 20 minutes to work only with on-benchmark level students. This is a great time to empower these students with the joy of reading. Please keep in mind, that I begin this stage of the readers’ workshop during our 3rd trimester. I have worked my students to this level of independence through mini-lessons, strategy practice, and guided reading instruction the first two-thirds of the year. And of utmost importance to successful readers’s workshop,  I must continually know the exact reading level of each student on it’s fluid level.

To begin the process, each students needs a drawer, bin, baggie, etc. to call their own. I  currently use a drawer. I call a few students at a time (that are on the same level) read a book together using guided reading techniques and have them add it to their drawer. 

As their drawer builds, I am able to call students individually or as a group and listen to them read. If they read a book with no errors, and it is one that has been in their drawer for at least 5 days, I will them give the student a new book in exchange.

While I am working with individual students or small groups the other students are engaged in reading. I never tell students they must read individually or with partners, because children are cooperative by nature and I enjoy seeing them come up with unique ways to read together, or perhaps crawl under a table to enjoy reading alone for the day. I especially enjoy observing students helping and cheering on each other in the reading process. 

I have certainly found this to be the most productive way to reach the Fountas and Pinnell goal of instructional level D by the end of kindergarten. And, more importantly, allow students to experience the joy of independent reading.

If you are looking for guided readers that are at appropriate kindergarten levels, we offer several guided reading sets such as this one. 

Additionally, each of our thematic unit includes at least one thematic guided reader. 

Santa Gets Dressed: A Segmenting Game

Children who are able to orally blend and segment sounds together become better readers. This imperative oral skill transfers very quickly to the printed and written word. Because there are numerous research studies that substantiates that fact, strengthening a child’s phonemic awareness is of upmost importance in all early-learning classrooms. 

Children love this game, Santa Gets Dressed! Who wouldn’t want to help Santa prepare for his journey to deliver Christmas presents to the boys and girls of the world. And, as children play, they are able to practice crucial early learning skills that will lead them to become proficient readers. This game includes over 100 segmenting cards that also can be used in many other classroom activities.