Posted by Nellie Edge on July 12, 2016
Glimpses of kindergarten life with Laura Flocker from September through May: An Oregon Full-Day Kindergarten Model...
This is what we know for sure:
Children deserve explicit, systematic instruction in seeing and drawing like an artist. Introduce children to lines and rich vocabulary the first week of school with crayons and markers. Use ABC and Phonics Immersion and teach high-frequency “heart words.” Connect children to the natural world outside the classroom. Give children songs, poems, and rhymes to memorize, perform, illustrate and read. The result? Happy engaged readers and writers who meet—or exceed—Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Children deserve explicit, systematic instruction in seeing and drawing like an artist.
Introduce children to lines and rich vocabulary the first week of school with crayons and markers
Use fat lines, thin lines, straight and curved lines, horizontal and diagonals.
Make shapes in different positions.
Give children songs and poems to memorize, illustrate and read.
Music is an integral part of kindergarten life. Children illustrate their poetry and songs for “I Can Read” Anthology Notebooks.
Writing and drawing are reciprocal sign/symbol systems
Children also illustrate their Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read! pages for their Anthology Notebooks
You will remember the word “because” forever.
Errol is the bunny who lives in Kindergarten:
He is simply a part of the learning community: Errol has a mailbox, and children write to their bunny friend.
More magical invitations to write letters:
Shhh… Don’t disturb the fairies
We memorize, recite, illustrate, and read Small Poems of Some Delight to enrich the curriculum.
Teaching children how to use speech and thought bubbles provides new tools to engage the imagination.
Here’s a baby birdie … is a favorite kindergarten song and musical drama all year long.
Prepared writing totes are invitations to write books.
Children independently write books about science studies and literature themes. They are fascinated to learn about animals and study nonfiction.
Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie Books become mentor texts.
Children try on the author’s voice and the personas of Elephant and Piggie. They learn how to draw these beloved characters. Laura’s classroom is where our first “Elephant and Piggie Family Book Club” had its beginning.
Published books feature kindergarten authors and illustrators
Children love to read books from fellow authors and buddies
A comprehensive “Parents As Partners” program culminates in family art night in the hall outside of kindergarten… and in celebrating the rich art, science, and literacy documentation from this joyful classroom.
High Common Core State Standards are absolutely possible! Peruse our website pages to learn more about Joyful Pathways to Accelerated Literacy in kindergarten.
Laura Flocker continues to add layers of excellence to her book (in process) and website errolbunny.com. You will meet Laura Flocker in Phase II of Nellie Edge Online Seminars. You might enjoy these pages from her work:
- Organizing the Elephant and Piggie Reading-at-Home Book Club
- Family Art Night
- Guided Fantasy and Art: Drawing Cats