Who We Are: An inquiry into the passions and interests of each child and developing an understanding of being bucket fillers through developing friendships.
We began our day reviewing the letters we've learned (or reviewed) for the year already. We've talked about the sight words we've introduced (the, a, I, my) and practiced using our reading strategies. We are taking a mini break from adding letters this week and dove into interest led reading. I utilize a site called ReadingA-Z.com where I can print books for kids. Each child shared an interest and I did my best to find a book that supported that interest. Then everyone was handed a yellow marker to highlight all the words that they could read in the story. Some books were the "just right" reading level for the child and they could read all or almost all of the words. Some books were too difficult and the child could mark only a portion of the words. Find the book in your child's binder and help them read it if necessary. If it's a too hard book, use it as a companion reading book. That's where the adult reads all the words not highlighted and the kids read the words that are highlighted. It gives the kids access to text that is interesting to them through your support. Those books do not need to be returned to school.