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CalkCurricPlan GrK ReadWshp. Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten: Reading Workshop Ideas & Freebies. Wow...March has been a busy month!

Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten: Reading Workshop Ideas & Freebies

As a student at TC, I've had the opportunity to attend all of the workshops offered by the Reading and Writing Project for free (though if you account for the insane tuition, I wouldn't exactly call it free)! The staff developers - Lucy Calkins, Kathy Collins, Rebecca Cronin, Amanda Hartman, Natalie Louis, Christine Holley - are ALL absolutely fabulous and I'm learning so much from them. I feel so lucky to be learning directly from the masters themselves! Below are just a few of the ideas I've gotten from their workshops. Reading Goals & Assessment Running records provide us with important data about where each child is and where we need to take them next. One quick and easy way to assess comprehension is to use "stop and jot" or "stop and sketch. " Another tool I loved was this Reading Stamina Rubric. Readers Make a Plan Anchor Charts: Here are some simple charts you can print out or make with your kids.Word Solving Strategies.

Little Bird Kindergarten. Make an Experience Book to Build Language. Last updated Thursday, March 20, 2014 *The twins are 26 months actual, 24 months adjusted Hi friends!

Make an Experience Book to Build Language

Today I want to share a quick communication-boosting tool that I created using pictures from our farm field trip. I’m always on the look out for toddler language activities, and this one is also excellent for early literacy, too! Experience books are a great language and literacy tool, as well as a fun way to remember special activities and outings. Experience books are the perfect tool to help my two-year-olds share their memories with other important people in their lives. Of course, the pictures can also be used like a typical book, and the twins bring them to me several times a day to read. Creating the book was easy- I just took photos from our trip and used PicMonkey to add the text. Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing. Did you know that children begin their path to reading as babies when they hear and respond to the sound of a human voice?

Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing

Literacy—the ability to comprehend and communicate through reading and writing—begins as babies understand your spoken words. Listening, talking, reading, and writing are all parts of early literacy learning—and they’re all connected. On the road to becoming readers and writers, young children need many opportunities to hear and understand spoken language. This helps them become aware of the different sounds of language. They also need to learn about print—letters and words seen in books and all around them at home and in their community. Young children can learn about literacy through everyday activities at home. Nurturing a love of literacy How can you encourage your child to love reading, writing, and language so much that he begs for a bedtime story or a trip to the library? Talk and listen. Hold meaningful, thought-provoking conversations with your child. Kindergarten - Tools of the MindTools of the Mind.

Learning Plans Kindergarten student making her learning plan.

Kindergarten - Tools of the MindTools of the Mind

At the kindergarten level of Tools of the Mind, children use Learning Plans that serve the same self-regulatory function as Play Plans. Learning Plans allows children to plan the work they will accomplish in the independent activity centers (see photo). Each activity in the center contains a work product the children must produce and place in a folder. 11 Free Reading Websites for Kids. At Really Good Stuff, we know that teachers and parents have limited time when it comes to finding free, high-quality online resources for their children.

11 Free Reading Websites for Kids

When we first published the 11 Free Reading Websites for Kids article, we had no idea the response it would have. In fact, the cry for more resources encouraged us to publish 11 Free Math Websites for Kids. We hope you find this article and the free resources in contains helpful! 11 Free Reading Sites for Kids Free resources are always a teacher’s dream, but when it comes to free sites to use during reading instruction the choices can be few and far between.

As always, it is strongly recommended that teachers view the sites before introducing them to their students to make sure the content is appropriate for the grade/age level. How Do I Write…? Scaffolding Preschoolers' Early Writing Skills. Introduction During free-choice time, Mrs.

How Do I Write…? Scaffolding Preschoolers' Early Writing Skills

Jackson (all names are pseudonyms and vignettes fictional) moves around her preschool classroom. Her students are busy in centers — some engaging in dramatic play, some working in journals, and some drawing animals at the science center. Carmen looks up to Mrs. Jackson as she passes her table and asks, "How do I write snake? " Mrs. How should Mrs. Many preschool teachers recognize the importance of early writing by making writing materials available in their classrooms and providing opportunities to write during the school day (Gerde & Bingham, 2012).

In this article, we offer a straightforward framework that teachers can use to easily evaluate children's writing and help children take the next step in development. Literacy Archives - Fairy Dust Teaching. Recognizing & Building with Letter Blocks. The Canadian Language & Literacy Research Network. Great Read-Alouds. ELKPTimetabling.