We are exploding with words, ideas and expressions! Children in KG have been enjoying stories set in Medieval times, as we are fully engaged in our Knights & Castles unit of study. Titles we have enjoyed include: The Bravest Knight, The Princess Knight and The Knight and the Dragon. These are just a small selection of titles we have enjoyed. Each story has lent naturally to discussing story elements - characters, setting, problem and solution. These books have also given our friends a wonderful opportunity to practice retelling more complex stories, identifying author's purpose and responding to a variety comprehension questions with a focus on inferencing.
In small guided reading groups, we continue to focus on the strategies each individual reader needs in order to grow. Meeting four times per week, children are introduced to a new book, at their level, to practice word solving skills and sight word recognition. We recently introduced the following reading rules: "Sneaky Ee" - when there is an "e" at the end, the vowel says it's name (i.e. cake). "Vowel Besties" - when two vowels go a-walking, the first one does the talking (i.e. meet). "Bossy Rr" - when an r sits beside a vowel, it shouts it's sound out loud (i.e. star).
In addition to these new reading rules, we are all working to become more fluent readers or "reading the way we talk". We are applying this to our shared and independent reading, as well as reading what we write indecently. KG authors are using what we know about sight words, digraphs (th, ch, sh) and authors purpose to write two descriptive sentences. Journal writing and responses to literature have become a focus of our daily writing practice.