Guided Reading in Kindergarten?

Many teachers ask me about guided reading in Kindergarten. They ask about what to do with students who aren’t reading, what to do after they read the book, how to start guided reading, and why they even need to do guided reading with “little ones”.

Well, I am a firm believer that guided reading is one of the most important parts of a Kindergartner’s day. It is during this time that you can really see what a student knows, what skills they use consistently and what needs to be worked on, and almost more importantly the students get a little time one-on-one with you.

In my class I have 3 different reading levels: non-readers, pre-readers, and readers. I follow the same “plan” with each level. I use Literacy Tree books, PM Starters, and other DRA leveled resources for guided reading. I start my non-readers in DRA Level 1 books right away so they can start gaining necessary concepts of print. The other students are started on their DRA level.

Typically in guided reading I have the children read a review book for warm-up. It is at this time that I would pull a “Running Record”. Many students are not ready for a RR right away, so just let them warm-up for the reading and skill work to come. This time is crucial for your low students or students who are not confident readers. In reading a familiar book, the child can realize that “I can read!” and they are more prepared for a new story.

Kindergarten is the place a child gets introduced to the world. This is the place where they learn everything. There are so many things a child can learn in the kindergarten like cooking, painting, writing, playing, etc. to give them an idea of all the things they have to do in their lives. If you are a kindergarten teacher and are at a loss at new productive activities to teach kids then you should give these a shot.

Eraser Activity – Not the plain boring ones, but the mini one with cute and funny pictures on it. You can ask 土瓜灣 n班 kids to decorate something. You can write a name on a sheet and the kids had to trace the line with it. You can also get erasers in different shapes and sizes like erasers in the shape of alphabets. Kids will not only find this cute, but also they will be able to tell the difference between shapes by this practical experience.

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Festival Teaching – When a festival is approaching, then you can tell stories about the festivals and then ask kids to make cards for it. And not only cards, kids can indulge their time in making lots of things related to the festival. For example – for the upcoming Christmas children could draw Santa, make Christmas trees out of cardboard and decorate it with colors. This way kids will learn about the festival and will also practice art and craft.

Teach to Complete Sentences – Here is another idea. To teach kids complete sentences you can write small and easy words of a sentence on plastic cups and ask them to arrange it in the correct order. Apart from that, you can teach them to fill in the blanks. Write down sentences on the board, but with words missing in it. Make a few chits of the missing words along with few extra and ask them to pick the correct word.

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