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					Dear	
  Families,	
  
	
  
	
      There	
  is	
  so	
  much	
  joy	
  to	
  be	
  found	
  in	
  a	
  great	
  book.	
  	
  This	
  
year’s	
  KM	
  girls	
  adore	
  a	
  good	
  story.	
  	
  They	
  are	
  learning	
  that	
  Ms.	
  
                                                          Moore	
  and	
  Ms.	
  Ingersoll	
  often	
  
                                                          use	
  books	
  to	
  teach	
  them	
  what	
  
                                                          they	
  need	
  to	
  know	
  in	
  
                                                          Kindergarten	
  and	
  so	
  they	
  must	
  
                                                          be	
  respectful,	
  attentive	
  
                                                          listeners.	
  The	
  girls	
  were	
  
                                                          certainly	
  captured	
  by	
  Dr.	
  Sands	
  
                                                          as	
  she	
  read	
  The	
  Big	
  Orange	
  
Splot.	
  	
  The	
  girls	
  and	
  I	
  had	
  used	
  the	
  book	
  for	
  a	
  “picture	
  walk”	
  the	
  
day	
  before.	
  	
  A	
  picture	
  walk	
  is	
  a	
  pre-­‐reading	
  strategy	
  that	
  
supports	
  reading	
  whether	
  it	
  is	
  a	
  read	
  aloud	
  or	
  independent	
  
reading	
  book.	
  	
  When	
  we	
  go	
  on	
  a	
  picture	
  walk	
  we	
  are	
  
introducing	
  a	
  book	
  to	
  the	
  girls	
  by	
  slowly	
  paging	
  through	
  the	
  
book	
  and	
  “reading	
  the	
  pictures.”	
  	
  This	
  allows	
  the	
  girls	
  to	
  get	
  a	
  
sense	
  of	
  what	
  the	
  story	
  is	
  about.	
  	
  We	
  can	
  access	
  prior	
  
knowledge,	
  introduce	
  vocabulary	
  or	
  concepts	
  and	
  establish	
  
interest	
  in	
  the	
  story.	
  	
  Additionally,	
  it	
  reinforces	
  the	
  strategy	
  of	
  
using	
  visual	
  picture	
  cues	
  while	
  reading	
  –	
  a	
  critical	
  one	
  in	
  
Kindergarten.	
  	
  You	
  can	
  lead	
  your	
  daughters	
  on	
  picture	
  walks	
  at	
  
home.	
  	
  Start	
  with	
  the	
  cover	
  and	
  ask,	
  “What	
  do	
  you	
  think	
  this	
  
story	
  is	
  about?”	
  	
  As	
  you	
  page	
  through	
  the	
  book	
  ask,	
  “What	
  do	
  
you	
  see?”	
  “Does	
  this	
  remind	
  you	
  of	
  anything	
  in	
  your	
  life?”	
  
“What	
  do	
  you	
  think	
  is	
  
happening?”	
  “What	
  could	
  
happen	
  next?”	
  “How	
  do	
  you	
  
think	
  it	
  will	
  end?”	
  and	
  other	
  
guiding	
  questions.	
  	
  	
  
	
  
	
      In	
  Kindergarten	
  there	
  are	
  
three	
  ways	
  to	
  read	
  and	
  
reading	
  the	
  pictures	
  is	
  the	
  first.	
  	
  The	
  other	
  two	
  ways	
  to	
  read	
  
are	
  to	
  read	
  the	
  words	
  or	
  retell	
  a	
  story	
  that	
  you	
  have	
  heard	
  
before.	
  	
  This	
  week	
  we	
  added	
  a	
  book	
  to	
  our	
  book	
  baskets	
  after	
  a	
  
lesson	
  on	
  the	
  three	
  ways	
  to	
  read.	
  	
  Each	
  girl	
  chose	
  one	
  Eric	
  Carle	
  
book	
  to	
  add	
  to	
  her	
  basket	
  that	
  joins	
  her	
  one	
  alphabet	
  book	
  and	
  
one	
  math	
  book.	
  We	
  now	
  know	
  that	
  we	
  all	
  can	
  find	
  and	
  read	
  
numbers,	
  we	
  all	
  can	
  find	
  and	
  read	
  letters	
  and	
  now	
  we	
  all	
  can	
  
choose	
  one	
  of	
  the	
  3	
  ways	
  to	
  read	
  for	
  our	
  Eric	
  Carle	
  book.	
  	
  For	
  
now	
  we	
  are	
  focusing	
  on	
  enjoying	
  books	
  in	
  these	
  ways	
  while	
  we	
  
establish	
  independence,	
  good	
  habits	
  and	
  community	
  in	
  
reader’s	
  workshop.	
  
	
  
	
       I	
  find	
  beginning	
  our	
  book	
  basket	
  choices	
  with	
  these	
  mini	
  
lessons	
  and	
  books	
  is	
  essential	
  to	
  building	
  community.	
  	
  	
  The	
  
alphabet	
  and	
  numbers	
  mini	
  lessons	
  help	
  establish	
  a	
  sense	
  that	
  
we	
  are	
  ALL	
  readers.	
  	
  We	
  can	
  ALL	
  read	
  in	
  this	
  way	
  and	
  
experience	
  success	
  and	
  joy.	
  	
  Additionally	
  looking	
  at	
  these	
  
books	
  for	
  our	
  first	
  few	
  sessions	
  of	
  “read	
  to	
  self”	
  removes	
  the	
  
stress	
  of	
  “I	
  don’t	
  know	
  how	
  to	
  read”	
  or	
  “I	
  need	
  help	
  reading	
  
these	
  words.	
  	
  I	
  know	
  some	
  but	
  I	
  don’t	
  know	
  these	
  words.”	
  	
  We	
  
can	
  focus	
  on	
  the	
  habits	
  of	
  reader’s	
  workshop	
  and	
  the	
  habits	
  of	
  
a	
  good	
  reader:	
  quietly	
  get	
  your	
  book	
  basket,	
  choose	
  a	
  place	
  to	
  
                                         read,	
  stay	
  in	
  one	
  spot,	
  keep	
  reading	
  your	
  
                                         books	
  until	
  reading	
  time	
  is	
  over	
  are	
  a	
  
                                         few.	
  	
  Next	
  week	
  we	
  will	
  continue	
  to	
  
                                         practice	
  these	
  behaviors	
  and	
  add	
  some	
  
                                         reading	
  material	
  that	
  is	
  on	
  your	
  
                                         daughter’s	
  reading	
  level.	
  	
  We	
  look	
  
                                         forward	
  to	
  the	
  girls	
  continuing	
  to	
  
                                         experience	
  the	
  joy,	
  challenge,	
  wonder	
  
                                         and	
  community	
  that	
  is	
  the	
  core	
  of	
  our	
  
                                         KM	
  reading	
  program.	
  	
  	
  
                                         	
  
	
       	
       	
         	
     	
          	
       -­‐	
  Stephanie	
  and	
  Lauren	
  

				
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