|How many words can you read? You know you're an early childhood |
teacher when you can read these words quickly:-)
|Some use pictures, some use inventive spelling, and some use both.|
think of all the math that can occur when counting out orders. |
Cardinality comes from authentic practice too.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1a Print many upper and lowercase letters.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K. Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2c Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2d Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1b Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K1d Recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K2d Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and finals sounds in three-phoneme words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3a Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3b Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings for the five major vowels.
Stretching words apart into their individual sounds when writing is like a child decomposing a number with manipulatives in math. Writing letters for sounds becomes a manipulative opportunity for our emergent writers.
The child advocate in me is saying, "YES! They need to play. YES! They need to read and write. And YES! They can do all of that in the pretend center. The motivation to read and write comes from the desire to make their play environment the best that it can be. If we want our young students to write opinion and narrative writing, then we need to give them many, many opportunities to experiment with words.
I always say that teaching kindergarten is a hard balance these days. Our children deserve the best environment to learn. Let's do our best to keep the pretend center in our classrooms.
Thanks for stopping by. I would love for you to leave your comments below on your favorite pretend center that you have in your classroom. Let's get the ideas flowing.