Parents Treasure “I Can Read” Poetry and Song Notebooks!
ALL students deserve to memorize, recite, illustrate, and read delightful language
- I am learning to draw with detail and it makes me happy!
- My whole class has fun sharing these poems and songs together.
- I can memorize, recite, and perform language.
- I can reread these poems and songs with my family.
- Memorizing rhymes develops phonemic awareness.
- I am training my eyes to move quickly across the page.
- I am learning new vocabulary.
- I can practice using my phonics skills to read new words.
- I can read high-frequency words “by heart!”
- The more I practice, the better I get!
- I am learning to be a good expressive speaker—just like my
- Every time I reread a rhyme, my reading gets better.
- I like to read my personal anthology of poems and songs and rhymes!
- I practice to become a master at reading every page.
- I can keep this reading notebook forever!
The Science and Art of Teaching Reading with Best Practices
Our students need a solid foundation of phonemic awareness, phonics, and writing skills (encoding sounds to print) to build reading success! They also deserve oral language fluency and to be a part of an active, joyful community of learners. This is especially critical for emergent bilingual students who need to practice using language.
We encourage you to build a love of language and an “I can do it!” mindset with daily shared poetry and song experiences.
- Use drama, movement, sign language, and dance to build comprehension
- Sing songs and recite rhymes with expression and intonation.
- Illustrate to personalize language.
- We honor both the science and art of teaching reading when we give students “I Can Read” Poetry Notebooks to build foundational skills and create celebrations of language!