Reading and Writing in Kindergarten
I am thrilled to be joining Share a Story, Shape a Future 2013 blog tour with other great literacy, children’s book and education bloggers!
- Monday (Infants): Maria Burel at Once Upon A Story.
- Tuesday (Toddlers): Carol Rasco at Quietly
- Wednesday (pre-Preschool): Debbie Alvarez at The Styling Librarian
- Thursday (Preschool): Tif at Tif Talks Books
- Friday (Kindergarten): Terry at Family Bookshelf
My contribution is the connection between reading independently and writing for Kindergarteners … more specifically the idea of invented spelling as a necessary step that marries writing with reading.
The Importance of Invented Spelling: The Writing Connection to Reading!
We had the most amazing Kindergarten teacher — Ms. C — for all three of my kids. As rookie parents, she held our hand and guided us gently through the academic rigors of Kindergarten. Seriously, Kindergarten is the new First Grade. Ms. C’s goal was and is to get the kids reading by the end of Kindergarten.
She stressed the importance of writing as an important literacy step towards reading independently. In fact, invented spelling — you know that fabulous and funny spelling kids use when they first start sounding out words — is CRITICAL to teaching kids how to read independently.
“Froshus dobrmn pensr” is an example of invented spelling. What do you think the child is trying to communicate? Yes, ferocious Doberman Pinscher!