What’s been going on in kindergarten these last couple of months? You may ask yourself. Well in simple words, I would say a lot of reading and writing. However, these are skills that are not developed without correct exposure and interaction with print. At APV, our little ones are exposed to a variety of print starting in pre-k3. I would like to focus on student writing since this is where I have seen tremendous growth recently. I am providing our students with opportunities to express themselves on a daily basis. Every student is at a different level regarding these skills and growing at their own pace. Therefore, we see such type of expressions in something as simple as a drawing to multiple sentence writing.
Students are asked to create words by applying prior knowledge such as letter/ letter sound correspondence as well as applying new knowledge such as syllable formation. In regards to the writing process, we are currently working on transferring handwriting skills to sentence writing. We are doing so by constantly capitalizing, spacing and punctuating our work. As many of us know, reading and writing go hand in hand. Therefore, our students are exposed to print constantly in order for both skills to improve. We are also working on mastering reading and correct spelling of our high frequency words to improve reading fluency and writing.
It’s not a secret kindergarteners love to talk about themselves. Therefore, choosing meaningful topics is key in getting raw and expressive thoughts from our little ones. Our students love to write about their weekend activities, family celebrations and family members. This past week, students were asked to write sentences about a family member they are thankful for. I am very impressed with the growth I’m witnessing in each one of our students and have high hopes for them during this school year.
Ms. Zapata, Kindergarten Grade