Ready for their small group, Lilly, Tommy, and Katherine sat around me. “You all have your sound power and we need to keep that power activated by practicing.” With that, we warmed up with a speed round of letter sounds. We moved into a little word part power on dry erase boards and then we got straight into the book introduction.
“You all know that when you are reading, you need to check the picture. That’s your…”picture power” they all finished my sentence.
“You also know that you are the kinds of reader who use the first letter sound with the picture. And you know that you are always thinking “What…makes…sense” they joined in.
“In today’s book, when you are reading every word, you also need to make sure you check the first letter and the last letter!”
I pulled out our book, The Sneeze and we took a sneak peak. Together we gathered meaning through our conversation. Periodically, I stopped to see if they could find the word to check the initial sound and the last sound. “Alright, every one ready to read on their own? ” Heads nodded and hands reached for a copy book. They were eager and ready to read.
I tucked Tommy off in little corner, Katherine backed herself out of the nook a bit and Lilly turned away from the group to have a little privacy. I scooted close to Tommy, watched and listened as he pointed and read the words and the pictures. I scooted over to Katherine and I watched as she did a little rereading to monitor. Then, I scooted over and leaned into Lilly who was confidently pointing and reading each word, pausing when necessary, to check the first and last letter as well as the picture.
I made my way back around to each reader. By the time I made my way back to Lilly, she was done. She stood up and proclaimed to the everyone, “That was good. I’m going back to my spot to read this again so I can get really good at it.”
When a kindergarten reader who knew limited letter names and sounds in September proclaims she’s off to read to “get really good” you know your day if off to a good start!