Friday, July 1, 2011
In chapter 1, I love the emphasis on learning through play. My own daughter went into kindergarten reading at a level 16 (end of first grade level) and it wasn't because I sat down and drilled her with flashcards or made her sound out words. After being a reading recovery teacher, those words "sound it out" actually make me cringe! I love books and I have read to Carli since she was a baby. She caught my love of reading and began imitating reading at a very young age. We had fun with language and letters and she just finished first grade reading at a fifth grade level and I am so proud of her. I hope that love of learning will continue the rest of her life and I try to do the same thing with my young fives students. In the book, they emphasize how activities need to be developmentally appropriate for our children. I think this is essential! Especially as things keep getting pushed down in our curriculum. What a great first chapter!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I joined this Book Study Blog Party with some amazing pre-k teachers whose blogs I read often. We are reading "Literacy Beginnings by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas, some well known literacy experts. I got my book this morning so I am reading like crazy trying to catch up with the bloggers who began on Monday, reading one chapter each day, that is between feeding my girls lunch and putting them down for naps, etc... I am loving the book so far and plan to post some of my thoughts as I get caught up. For more information, click on the button below and you can find everything you need to know!
I was going to use this for parents when I first created it and then I used my mobile me account to create a webpage with all their information. It is privacy protected so that I can post pictures and videos of things happening in my classroom. As I began this journey of participating in the book study blog party, I decided that I would like to use this site more to communicate with my colleagues and fellow pre-k teachers. So here it goes...wish me luck!