|Welcome to the wonderful world of Kindergarten at Pineview Elementary where teachers have the responsibility - and privilege - of introducing young children to school life and literacy. We strive each day to make children's introduction to school a pleasant one. Then the child will develop an attitude toward school learning which can carry him/her through the occasional difficult situations that everyone is bound to meet as they climb up the educational ladder.
Our mission at Pineview is to acknowledge individual differences and the fact that children do not all learn the same way. At Pineview we provide a developmentally appropriate Kindergarten that is based on what children need to learn and what is known about how young children learn. Teachers accept all children regardless of their entering literacy levels, and take them forward on their lifelong literacy journey. We follow a Kindergarten model researched and developed by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser called "The Daily Five".
|What is the Daily Five?
The Daily Five is a concept based on the idea that our students need to learn independence in their own literacy development. During the literacy block in the classroom, students need to work independently on skills while other students are involved in small group direct instruction with the classroom teacher. The Daily Five is a structure that will help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working with peers that will lead to a lifetime of independent literacy.
|The Daily Five are:
Read to Self: in order to become better readers, students must have opportunities to read. Strategies are taught to students that help them choose "just right" books to enjoy reading by themselves.
Read to Someone: reading with someone helps readers and encourages self-sufficiency. Students learn about positioning their bodies for reading together and about discussing the contents of the reading by checking each other for understanding during the reading. Listen to Reading: listen to good models of reading helps students to improve their own reading and it provides the audio support for reading that some children may be lacking.
Work on Writing: students need time to write about things that really matter to them. This could be something that a student began to write during a writing workshop time. This gives students an independent time to develop their ideas.
Word Work: practicing spelling helps students become better spellers and writers and, also, better readers. This time can be spent in working with spelling patterns, high frequency words or working with interesting words and vocabulary. Our Kindergarten is a place where teachers are every child's cheerleader and coach!