As we begin to become readers in Kindergarten, one way we practice reading is to "read the pictures" of books we are familiar with during an Author's Study. The kids enjoyed hearing the stories of Eric Carle and many of them have been to the local Eric Carle Museum. During "Buddy Reading" we have a partner. One peer has a "green cube" and one has a "red cube." The green partner "reads" first, then asks their friend, "What was your favorite part and why?" After this, the partners switch cubes and roles (reader, listener). Buddy Reading is a way students practice early reading skills that they will soon apply to Guided Reading groups.
The class voted to create an aquarium for our new Dramatic Play themed center. When I added up their "thumbs up" I have to admit, I was wondering how much creative play would be cultivated in a space where we mainly go to "look" at things. Dozens of jelly fish, octopus, and sharks later, the kindergarteners proved my apprehensions to be completely wrong (they have a tendency to prove us wrong in our adult misgivings).
One submarine, tanks for days, golden tickets with little fish drawn on them, aquarium "guide badges"....
I'll be sad to see this one leave in the next couple of weeks, but I can't wait to see what they come up with next.