It’s December and They Can’t Read!!!!!! Stay Calm and Teach On

In Kindergarten this is the time of the year where most students are in leveled texts and we can breathe a sigh of relief that students are beginning conventional reading. But sometimes it doesn’t happen so easily (by sometimes I mean almost always) and there are a few that are yet to be reading conventionally. Before we begin to panic and think they have learned nothing up to this point, remember what Marie Clay says “—Attention to the formal properties of print and correspondence with sound segments, is the final steps in a progression, not the entry point to understanding what written language is.” Which basically means getting to leveled texts is the last step in the process. We must make sure concepts of print and emergent story book skills are mastered before we can begin with conventional print. Yes unit 1 and 2 are in fact over, but sometimes we need to still be teaching concepts of print and emergent story books in order to move kids into conventional reading. Here are some tips for helping students with concepts of print….

Remember concepts of print are:

—Book Handleing
—Pictures vs. Print
—Left to Right and Top to Bottom
—Return sweep
—Page sequencing
—One to one matching
—Difference between letter and word
—Know what punctuation is

Keep Track of who has mastered which concepts of print

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Ways to Help Certain Concepts of Print (COP)

1. Using finger lights can help with one to one matching.

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2. Using this letter catcher and going on letter hunts in shared reading can help students distinguish between letter and words.

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3. Using a highlighter can help students with one to one matching.

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4. Practicing reading shapes, colors, body parts etc… can help students with the return sweep.Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 7.50.18 PM

5. Going on sight word matching hunts in books can help students develop sight words, and feel more confident with their reading.

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Shared reading and interactive writing will also be major supports for struggling students. Most importantly have patience and practice practice practice.

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