This week we worked on developing our phonemic awareness by sorting pictures of rhyming words. Developing phonemic awareness (including hearing rhymes) helps students to become readers by helping them begin to identify the separate sounds that make up words. This in turn helps them understand the mechanics of reading and will transfer to phonetic spelling in their writin
We are off to a fantastic start in Kindergarten at STEM Magnet Academy! During our first week of school we learned about Independent Reading. We learned that this is a time for readers to practice by themselves. Independent Reading is even fun for kids who aren't reading fluently yet. In kindergarten, we learn that we can (1) Read the Words; (2) Read the Pictures - and tell ourselves a story; and (3) Retell a Familiar Story - something we may have read before. During Independent Reading, students will usually have something to do to reinforce a skill or strategy we are covering - this week we used highlighter tape to highlight sentences in our reading!
I love teaching kindergarten literacy at STEM! It is amazing to be a part of the reading and writing growth of a kindergarten student. You get to see kids move from knowing some letters and sounds to being enthusiastic readers and young authors.