Today marks the beginning of Reading Teacher Tuesdays. Each Tuesday I will be writing a short article about the teaching of reading. Together with the article will be a video that highlights a teaching strategy. Today am focusing on comprehension skills for kindergarten students. When readers are about 5 years old, they probably can't quite read yet. We call them emerging readers. This is a time when we are building phonemic awareness skills by reading them books and singing songs with rhyming words. We are reinforcing the links between letters and sounds, and we are helping readers begin to recognize short sight words such as "the." This is also a time when we should be working on beginning comprehension skills. Check out this week's video and see how the right questions help emerging readers identify key ideas and details to uncover the main idea of a story. Please subscribe to the new Youtube channel called Classhopper so you will be updated when something new is posted!
Janine Walker Caffrey writes about reading, education and a few other topics related to happiness and life in general.