Kindergartners READING & WRITING at the Beginning of the Year! Part 1
|Reading and Writing at the beginning of Kindergarten is FUN!|
This is why there are so many articles floating around the internet on topics such as, "Report: Requiring kindergartners to read - as Common Core does - may harm some". This is one article that really got me thinking. My class is not like this at all. We are not worksheet based, do not sit at the tables all day, and actually learn to read because it's fun. I think the kindergartners are able to learn (all of the standards easily) in a fun environment where teaching is direct, but interactive. Kindergartners naturally LOVE school, and I think that if we can keep that, these children benefit. I don't believe it's "when" these children have to learn, but rather, "how" they have to learn.
|We learn so much about reading when we write and about writing when we read!|
I finally found an article to debunk the previous one, called,"No Time to Lose: Common Core critics are wrong about whether kindergarten reading goals are harmful." The standards in kindergarten are not too much and for most students are EASILY and QUICKLY met. Our problem is with the curriculum. Most complaint comes from the over-use of worksheets and drill and kill. It doesn't have to be that way. It can be fun, with the right kinds of books (throw the phonics readers away) and with a good balance of play.
Next time I will share how ALL of my kindergartners learn how to read and write EASILY and ENJOYABLY by the end of kindergarten and LOVE IT.