Reading

The following is a brief summary of the different reading activities your child will take part in daily in kindergarten:

  1. Guided Reading: small group reading instruction based on student needs.
  2. Reader’s Workshop: whole group reading instruction with an in-depth focus on how reading works. This includes a mini lesson, time to read independently, and a time for students to share their noticings about what they’ve read.
  3. Read Aloud
  4. Shared and Interactive Reading: students are involved in reading an enlarged text
  5. Independent Reading: students read of their choice at their independent level to practice fluent and phrased reading.
Unit of Study Time Frame of Study
Getting Started 1 week
How to Use Reading Materials 1 week
Kinds of Things Readers Do 2 weeks
Identifying Characters, Setting and Major Events 3 weeks
Retelling Fiction Texts 1 week
Getting Meaning From the Illustrations (Fiction) 2 weeks
Getting Meaning From the Illustrations (Non-Fiction) 2 weeks
How to Read Using Punctuation 1 week
Making Inferences 2 weeks
Comparing and Contrasting Characters 2 weeks
Reading and Retelling Non-Fiction 4 weeks
Comparing & Contrasting Two Texts on the Same Topic 2 weeks
Visualizing 2 weeks
Making Connections in Fiction Texts 2 weeks
Making Connections in Non-Fiction Texts 2 weeks
Road Map of Fiction 3 weeks
How to Ask and Answer Questions (Fiction) 2 weeks
How to Ask and Answer Questions (Non-Fiction) 2 weeks
Finding Meaning in Unknown Words 1 week

Order of Letters Taught

In kindergarten we believe that letters are best learned within context instead of in isolation and we talk about all the letters and their sounds throughout the day. However, to make sure we have formally introduced all the letters we teach them in the following order.

M S A T F B
I P H Z N O
D G L W E J
K Q Y U X R
V C

 

Kindergarten students will also work throughout the school year to learn how to read and write 18 Kindergarten Core Words and read 25 Level 1 Dolch Words.

Kindergarten Core Words

by I a the to
is go it play in
went you like of am
we are my

Level 1 Dolch Words

of to I go like
play up jump is my
and see are the this
run can look little ride
come said he funny red
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