How I enjoy being in the classrooms where the action is! What a strong reading program we are building at Our Lady! Our Kindergartners had an insightful lesson by Brandy Balser on the importance of not just reading text and being in fluent control of words on the page, but more importantly, connecting that text to their thoughts, experiences, and knowledge base. These young students made "a salad" of green and red strips of paper indicating text or thinking. This visually showcased all the times they look at the words on a page as they read and the many more times comprehension and connections to the written words are made with their brains. They did kiss their brains for how smart they are and all they are learning!
Pre Kindergarten teacher, Leah Crone, travelled to Indianapolis for the Indiana Preschool Conference on Friday only to be validated that the curriculum at Our Lady is just what it takes to prepare students for Kindergarten today. One conference participant asked, "Why would you begin to teach PreKindergartners to read?" The presenter and Leah countered with, "Why would you not?" Our budding readers are so excited about language, enthralled at the sounds they hear, and the words jumping from the books they love! They are like little sponges soaking up pre-reading skills as fast as they spilled their way! We are not about to squelch that, put our young learners on hold or attached a certain grade level to the joy of reading. When children are ready, we keep moving......
Coined intensive curriculum, we play with words and sounds, guiding four and five year olds into the foundations of reading and fostering ownership of the reading process. We take children at the level they are at, not expecting everyone to be on the same page at the same time!
Dear Our Lady Students,
What do you think of our relocated library? Thank you for your help in bringing books from the second floor to the Primary wing. Please give a shout out to Stephanie Martin, Kim Caruso, and John Martin for their hours of energy spent. I hope you love this lively room filled with books and adventures! May you love to read and learn from a variety of books. Don't forget--kiss your brain, too!
Mary Ann Bennett