Literacy in Schiesher's Kindergarten Classrooms
We are excited to announce that we have revised and updated our kindergarten curriculum. Although we have always implemented current methods, the state standards have changed (Common Core Standards). These changes have helped us challenge our kindergarteners as they acquire the foundational reading skills needed for academic success in the future.
There are several things we are doing to ensure we are providing individualized instruction. We use a research based balanced literacy format which incorporates many forms of reading instruction that teach children to become proficient readers. Balanced literacy consists of modeled reading and writing, shared reading and writing, guided reading and writing, and independent reading and writing. Although these things have been done in the past, we have streamlined our instruction and aligned it with the first and second grade curriculums so that we can provide instruction that is catered to individual student needs in a more efficient way.
During literacy centers and guided groups, there are several opportunities for students to have experiences with texts. Students have individual book bags that they use during independent reading practice. Each child has his/her own poetry journal in which they search for sight words, visualize and illustrate their thinking. Big books previously used during shared reading are placed in a big book center where students can read with a friend. Students have access to our classroom library and are able to read with a buddy so they can learn from one another.
We are very proud of what our students are doing in our kindergarten classrooms at Schiesher School!