10/1: K groups are learning both letters AND sounds right from the beginning of the school year. AIS is working on the "twin letters" of u, y, z, w, s, p, x, k, o, c, and v. They are twins because the upper and lower case letters are almost identical.
11/30: We continue to learn the alphabet letters and their sounds. This week, we will add the K sight word list to our AIS learning group. These words must be practiced every day to develop fluency and story comprehension.
12/21/15: The K group is writing and tracing letters, as well as playing Sight Word Bingo! In 2016, we'll be starting with reading books....how exciting!
1/27/2016: We are reading our first story in small group...What Is It? This story have a repeating pattern of sight words, so important for K students to know. We are playing Bingo and tapping out CVC words as well!
2/9/16: Kindergarten groups moved upstairs to the reading room, where we have been using some high tech equipment to help make reading fun! We have an Elmo now (no, not the Sesame Street character!) that shows what an image from a flat service to the white board. This works with our brand new projector! Students can now see exactly how we use our flip charts, participate more fully in computer reading games, and how to match our reading words to what we are actually reading as we sweep along a line of text. The uses are endless, and we love our new technology! We are ready to start our new book I Can See, as well as continue with Sight word Bingo, letter ID and sounds, and flip charts to make new words with rhyming word families.
3/11/16: We have started to use our new projector for reading A to Z books, and we love it so much, that we are using it instead of printing the books out. This allows for customized and individualized instant adjusting of book levels, many highlighting features not available in printed books, and eye catching illustrations in beautiful color! We read many more books as well. Students can interact with the text and everyone can experience guidance of a particular feature or skill in large, easy to visuals. We also play our interactive games this way, and the kids love it! Our list of books for March so far include Big, The Big Cat, We Look, We Are, I See My Colors, Easter Eggs, I See Shapes, In and Out, He Runs, I Like, Go In, They Look, and Baby Animals. We continue to work on the basics, such as letter sounds and recognition, as well as decoding (tapping out) CVC words and rhyming words. In addition, we work on our ever important sight words.
5/10/16: April brought lots of word study with more sight words and CVC patterns. our books included Can You See?, He Said No, I Like, A Cold Day, I Can, and The Big Cat. We are working very hard to get all of our vowel sounds, especially the short sound of e!
6/22: June found us going back to basics! Sight words, letter and sound practice and blending words! We assessed the students as well. For the summer, I've attached to student's progress reports are the specific words and letters your student needs to practice each day to stop the summer slide!