Carnival of Education

The Carnival of Education is in full swing at Rayray’s Writing.

At Elbows, Knees and Dreams, Kiri shares four minutes inside a preK teacher’s brain.

Sit on your bottom, fold your legs, hands in your lap, eyes on the teacher.

Why doesn’t this work anymore?  Why are my students ignoring me?  Why is Duck lying down on top of Ferdinand?

I notice she’s teaching letters and sounds in preK.

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  1. Yep. I’m teaching letters and sounds in preK.

    What are your thoughts about that?

    I feel it’s necessary given the demographics of my students, the majority of whom are in poverty. They aren’t read to at home, the way middle class kids are, and they don’t have alphabet magnets or puzzles, and if I don’t teach them, they’ll arrive at kindergarten knowing no letters at all.

    In my classroom I read to the children every day, we discuss books, the children “read” on their own every day, and we learn phonemic awareness skills like rhyming, and alliteration. We also learn the letter names and sounds, with an eye toward eventual success in kindergarten.

    I have students who arrived knowing no letters, who now know 15. I think that can only help them next year.

  2. Is “preK” a monosyllabic word “preck”? I’ve never seen it without a hyphen before.