Thursday, September 11, 2014

I CAN READ...

There is nothing more that I love to see than when children get excited because they believe they can read. Today for example during circle time I pulled out a book that they absolutely love for some reason and they have pretty much memorized it because I have read it so much. Every time I read this book I do it in a different way then the last time I read it . So this time I took out my teacher pointer and I asked the class if they knew what the book was called and as they said the title I followed along the words and then I told them I was surprised that they knew how to read. Now I do realize that they had memorized the title as well as all the words and that is okay, because to me they are now connecting the words to the story and the way the words are spelled. By time nap time rolled around all the kids were excited to grab a book and read before the lights turned off. I have been doing this for a while and they are pretty much used to my routine that after lunch once their cots are out they need to grab a book and read. Even if they don't know how to read yet, they can look at the pictures and they do. Today they sat down and read to themselves, one little boy even thought he was reading the title while pointing to the words. Getting my kids excited about reading is exciting for me because I see how proud they are that they know how to read. Their favorite book is called
"There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly". We have also started sight words too, so reading is a big part of learning these sight words and the more the "Read" (even though they don't know how yet) the better it is for them to pick up on these sight words.

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