RE 5040 Fall 2011
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koppenhaverd
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Sun Dec 4, 2011 11:25
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You all are put under way too much pressure. I wasn't even taught reading in kindergarten 50 years ago. I went to school half a day, still often fell asleep during nap time because I was so exhausted, was taught the alphabet and my name, and spent a lot of time in creative play. I ended up with a Ph.D.

Fluency comes AFTER children have acquired a sizeable sight word vocabulary and experience with print. It is most appropriately addressed in second grade in general, if it is a problem. If you are being forced to address fluency in kindergarten, the three kid-friendliest ways are with singing songs, reciting poetry, and predictable books with repeated lines.

  • question - MaryBeth, Sat Nov 26 10:08
    Ashley- I meant to ask you...Have you found anything in particular that has helped your Kindergartners with expression? Just curious.
    • ouch - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 11:25
      • one more thought - lanierrm1, Sat Dec 10 10:38
        If I recall correctly this summer when I did practicum in Mocksville I worked with a kindergarten student. She was below grade level but I recall I was concerned about how choppy etc. she was and I... more
      • fluency in kindergarten - lanierrm1, Sat Dec 10 10:32
        I wouldn't have thought they focused on fluency in kindergarten. I even questioned myself a little about it with my lowest students because one of them is only a level above the end of kindergarten.... more
        • Re: fluency in kindergarten - MaryBeth, Mon Dec 12 15:00
          I think we do push students too hard sometimes. I think about how many levels and abilities there are at each grade level. It makes it nearly impossible to reach every child. It seems like there has... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011