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Nursery Rhymes – Nursery rhymes are the child’s first language. The rhymes offer rich vocabulary and the rhythm and rhyme that will be so important in early reading. At Chets Creek the teachers use a 12-week curriculum that introduces a new rhyme each consecutive week, emphasizing phonological awareness. The lessons also include beginning comprehension skills and shared reading. This curriculum was written for Chets Creek teachers.
Morning Message – Many Chets Creek Kindergarten Teachers begin posting a simple morning message the first week of school. The morning message includes text that is relevant and often includes student names! The morning message is used to identify letters and sounds, sight words, and punctuation.
Vocabulary – more about this later!
At the beginning of the year in Kindergarten, Skills Block runs a little longer than the 30 minutes that is intended, just as Readers’ and Writers’ run a little shorter until students build up stamina. Because Skills Block is fast paced and usually teacher directed, students can engage a little longer. As the year progresses Skills Block settles into it’s 30 minute time slot as Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop stretch toward one hour.
Skills Block is a favorite time of day for both students and teachers!