We all know pre-kindergarten literacy programs can help promote a secure foundation to literacy learning. Here at Kinder Ready™, we wanted to take it a step further, to give you the inside information on what early learners will be exposed to through our individualized one-on-one sessions or summer camp.
- Explicit Instruction & Independent Practice: Our teachers’ first, model and give explicit directions on learning strategies for our early learners. Once the student has had exposure to modeling of the specific learning skill, the student can begin to have independent practice with individual skills, which will help our teachers determine your student’s level of proficiency
- Shared Reading & Guided Reading: Early learners enrolled in our program will have unique exposure to shared and guided reading. During shared reading, students may review many literary terms such as (characters, setting, vocabulary development, and more)! During our guided reading time, students will be given pre-decodable and decodable stories based on their assessed level of development. Our teachers will pin point and monitor independent reading through this activity.
- Phonological Awareness: Through a variety of activities encompassed in phonological awareness children will explore this skill through music, reading, and hands-on fun! Some of the specific skills we will focus on in our one on one session’s and summer program include: rhyming, syllabication, sentence segmentation, and onset/rime, the building blocks on phonological awareness.
- Phonemic Awareness: Phonemic awareness is a great predictor of reading success and provides opportunities for young learners to blend, segment, and substitute sounds. Our teachers can provide kinesthetic opportunities for children to learn how to blend sounds by laying large letter cards on the carpet and having the student blend the sounds and walk by the word. This activity will reach learning through kinesthetic means and support active learners.
- Oral Language Exposure: Our teachers use many forms musical experiences through songs, finger plays, and responsive communication to practice blending, segmenting, and substitution of sounds. For example, a teacher and child may sing the song Apples and Bananas, and substitute the word bananas for bononos!
- Phonics Fun!: Our teachers use the latest in the application of letter and sound knowledge to teach consonants, short vowels, diagraphs, blends, and long vowels. Many of the fun activities we implement our sessions include word sorts, word work, and opportunities for interactive writing.
- Vocabulary Development: Research by Tomkins (2011) suggests that kindergarten students should be able to identify words with opposite meanings and should have a repertoire of a few thousand-vocabulary words. Here at KinderReady™, teachers diligently work one on one with your child to ensure that there vocabulary is advancing through one on one conversations, the introduction to new vocabulary during shared reading time, and through word activities such as word sorts, which are used to group words by genre and word structure. Yet another activity we implement in our sessions is the use of Language Experience Approach (LEA), which gives children the opportunity to discuss stories and new information that has been learned.
- Comprehension: Oftentimes, students can impact their depth and breadth of story content by retelling the events in recently read stories. Yet another strategy many of our teachers implement is the use of KWL charts to categorize the information that is known about a book, the information that is desired to be learned, and finally what was learned from the story. This activity helps children remember the information they knew at the beginning of reading and helps children see what they came away knowing.
The literacy skills early learners master now through our individualized programs will set the stage for the years ahead.
Elizabeth Fraley is the CEO/Founder of Kinder Ready™