There are many important things to learn in kindergarten and in ENL. The most important things that we learn are the letters and sounds, sight words, word families and beginning to read and write.
Now that we know all our lowercase and capital letters we will focus on writing them neatly and correctly, especially the letters in our first and last names. We are also learning to listen for the beginning, middle, and ending sounds in short words like cap, bug, sit, and pet. Besides hearing letter sounds we are practicing stretching words out and writing the letters we hear in the beginning, middle, and end. We will also learn all about word families, that are words that have the same ending like cat and mat. These words rhyme and identifying words that rhyme can help us spell words as well as sound out words in our books. We will also work on writing our sight words which can be tricky to spell. Everyday we are growing in reading and writing!
We are now noticing different kinds of books we like to read and the different ways we can read them. Sometimes we all read the same book together. Other times we practice in a group using our own books. Sometimes our books tell us stories and other times our books teach us new information. We are still learning to take picture walks through our books to get our minds ready to read. We are looking for sight words like I, the, a, and… we are practicing pointing to our words as we read and looking for patterns in our books. A lot of our work will come from figuring out tricky words we see inside our books. The biggest skill we will practice is to pay attention to the words on the page as we read and notice when something doesn't look right, sound right, or make sense. Now that we are growing readers, we know there are many different ways to figure out a new word when we get stuck. We are now trying to practice all these strategies together as we read. Then we get to share what we have practiced with our reading partner.
We are continuing to write books that teach others all we know about one topic. Some of us are experts on our room, our pet dog, sharks, dinosaurs, our favorite stuffed animals, etc. We will also practice adding more to the pictures and words in our books as well as fixing our work when it doesn't look right, sound right, or make sense. We are so excited to share with our friends and teachers everything we know! Next we will work on writing how-to books when we explain the steps needed to complete an activity like feeding the dog, cleaning the dishes, or making a smoothie.