Friday, January 24, 2014

Four Year Old Kindergarten Literacy Development

Our school district has a brand new 4K program this year with two new teachers who are collaborative in their approach to working with young minds.  This is very exciting!

We have finalized a format that will be tweaked monthly to incorporate developmentally appropriate and engaging activities into literacy development.  The four focus area include vocabulary, a literacy activity, a poem or song and a sort.  We worked out a daily format for targeting each area.  See chart below.  Vocabulary includes learning and owning words as well as incorporating music to cement learning.  I clapped when a student yesterday said that anxious means afraid and nervous.  YES! 

 Yesterday's words:

On Thursday mornings, the helper for the week picks two words to put up on the class word wall.  Students read  the wall together.

The literacy focus for this month is to engage students with picture cues in understanding the beginning, middle and end of the story.  On Thursdays, these darling children put a puzzle together in pairs and discuss if their picture puzzle is at the beginning, middle, or end of the story.  When I visited one of the sites yesterday, the students were having a blast with this!

Beginning, middle and end of a story organizer:
Story puzzle:

The weekly poem or song focuses on rhythm and rhyme.  We have added concept of word through placing one thematic picture (snowflakes this week) over each word.  Students point to each snowflake/word as they print match and read with the teacher.

Finally, you can never sort too much or too often.  Our 4K teachers daily model sorting by color, shape, size, attributes or categories.  

Every activity is left out for students to play school with each other during choice time. 

If you would like to download a copy of this lesson plan, click {here}


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