Developing Young Readers

Good Afternoon EVERYONE!  
Lately, I've been guest blogging at Who's Who and Who's New, which you should check out because it is an AWESOME blog with great tips and amazing teachers.  
Well... in November I wrote a post entitled 
Nurturing Young Readers.  
I had some really great feedback so I thought I'd share my post here too!

As a kinder-teacher I find it difficult to find developmentally appropriate guided reading texts. I find there are a plethora of “ A leveled readers” but do they nurture young readers? Do they offer interaction with print concepts? Can they keep the book and reread it for fluency practice or sight word retention? In most cases, no they don’t. 

As another option, I want to share what I use and how I support developing readers in my classroom.

I LOVE using Interactive Emergent Readers with my kinders as part of their guided reading curriculum especially as they develop into confident readers and writers.  By using these texts, kinders are able to develop into self-assured readers with valuable literacy tools that promote and assist them as growing readers.

I’ve found that kinder learners learn best with a GUIDED, Supportive and interactive approach to reading.  There is a reason that “with support” is within our standards!!    Everything we do as instructors is meant to guide and develop our young kinders into self-sustained, confident readers.

This is my simple approach.  I focus on three things.

#1  Identify Conventions
#2  Identify Sight Words
#3  Touch Read and Echoing

In our small group I use a booklet emergent reader.  I make sure that the reader does not have more than 4-5 words per page and all words are appropriate for my reading group.  I am not too picky with the emergent reader, I just want to make sure that we can write on it and that they can take it home.  Many times I make my own booklet.  For this post, I am sharing my weather reader that I used during my weather week.

#1 Identify Conventions
 These are the RULES for writing.  I LOVE to color-code.  (Can you tell?)

 I thoroughly believe that color-coding assists students with skill retention and maintains consistency when working with standard specific skills.

I ask my kinders to use colored pencils or crayons to underline the capital letters green and circle the end marks red.  

I don’t know where or why I thought of this? 
I think it came to me on one of those AMAZING teacher waves that just hits you!  
Smack in the face.  
Utter teacher genius.  
Well, at least for me. 
Also, I am not sure why it worksbut it DOES WORK, and it looks great!  Lastly, I would have to agree that it helps my kinders 100% remember the WHY in the rules when writing and developing sentences.

Green Capital Letters (I use green because green means GO!)
Red End Marks (I use red because red means STOP!)

#2 Identify Sight Words

I l-o-v-e to use color-coding! Did I tell you that already?  Well, in addition to the red and green, I allow my students to circle their sight words. I am let them use MARKERS.  
I never let them use markers, why? 
Because I don’t like markers, that’s why.  
They are fat, they don’t allow for detailed drawings, and lastly, because they bleed through the paper. 
So when we read in guided reading and they can use a marker to circle their words, it’s like the yellow marker is GOLD.  
Literally, it is a piece of GOLD in my room!!
#3 Touch Read and Echoing

This is something that I am sure that you use when you are guiding and supporting young readers.  In our small group each student is required to touch each word and we either read it or tap it out.  After each of the words are read on the page, most likely from one of my readers, we ALL echo the entire sentences ONCE, or TWICE, or however many times we might need. 

This 3-Step Approach supports, guides, and assists readers in their quest and journey to become 
successful, confident, and sustainable readers and writers. 

I hope these ideas help you nurture our dearest and developing kinders.  Watching young readers and writers begin to read is a priceless gift that we are given as teachers.  There is nothing better than watching a kinder read for the first time. 

Enjoy your kinders.


These Emergent Readers are part of my weather unit.


1 comment

  1. I loved using interactive readers with my kiddos too! I also let them stick it in their book box to read during free time after finishing something similar to this. Great post!


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