I can’t say enough to the families of the children I teach, about books and reading. The more they know and understand, the better it is for their child. This is a newsletter I sent to families yesterday:
Every year it seems that our bookshelf is a popular and constant draw for children. That’s wonderful, and this year is no exception. Books are more than a teacher reading at storytime. They are there for children to look at and access anytime. The feel of turning the pages, looking at words in print, and the illustrations, are a step to reading readiness. Children become comfortable with books. As they are learning to read, picture books become ‘a natural’ for them. Our wonderful bookshelf changes frequently. As you can see, there is a collection of fiction, fact, old, new, classics, and favorites. We’re picky about good books!
Did you know that puzzles are also a step in reading readiness? Finding the knobs that connect to the holes is much like identifying a ‘b’ or a ‘d’. We have puzzles out most every day for children.
Another important part of reading readiness is hearing the words. Rhyming words are popular. Following a story without pictures is something we do in the Aqua Room. Children have to concentrate and make the pictures in their head. This is chapter reading. Every day at rest time we chapter read. We have just started “Charlotte’s Web” – children love it! They are listening, getting a huge dose of language and new words, and making their own mental pictures. Stay tuned, as we read many chapter books throughout the year.
As the school year goes along, I will read aloud with passion every day, from picture books to chapter reading. Some books will be planned, others may be totally spontaneous. That’s the wonder and beauty of teaching. I call it ‘seizing the moment’.