Every year I’ve worked with Kindergarten students, around winter break time, the symbols we’ve been working with all year visibly start to click. Letters and sounds become words, which become sentences and then stories. Number symbols all of a sudden take on a different meaning and stand out as useful tools for describing the world.

So we’ve been taking on number problems with joy (because you actually read math!)

And just so you know, James forces me to give him worksheets. Brigit joined in the fun today and they worked on subtraction. I showed them how to use cubes to figure out how many there are and how many to take away – the same principle as the felt board.

I’ve also been pulling kids aside during independent reading and having them read “Bob” books to me. And they are reading!!! During cooking on Tuesday (we did it a day late – Biscuits!!!) James read the ingredients and Jackson read the directions off the white board. And while they were reading, Justin would pipe up with the word if they were having difficulty. I love this time – discovering the printed word is so exciting and watching it happen just seems miraculous.

I do want to remind everyone that each individual comes to reading in their own time and pace. We have some who are reading fluently, some who are reading with assistance, some who are reading phonetically (there is a difference between just knowing how to put the sounds of the letters together and unlocking the key to reading with understanding) and some who are still decoding the names and sounds of the letters. All of these different stages of reading are important and should not be rushed – just encouraged. Please read the pamphlet I sent home about Piaget – he really helps with the understanding of cognitive development and expectation. Many people believe that kids usually learn to read around the time their second set of teach come in and I love this because it’s organic and biological and often so very true.

We also started reading “Alice In Wonderland” on Tuesday. I keep getting the question; “Did you read the abridged “Secret Garden” or are you reading the abridged “Alice In Wonderland?”” And the answer would be NO!!! It may take us a month but we will read the story the way the author intended.

And as I promised “Le Worms” for Asher…We LOVE science around here!

(In case you were wondering why your kids hands were blue!)