Friday, January 21, 2011

Mrs. Wishy Washy's Tub

As part of our shared reading program, we read the big book "Mrs. Wishy Washy's Tub" this week. Big books are very large books that can be seen and read by the whole class together in a chant-like fashion. These texts are usually very simple and contain repetition and high frequency words in order to support and encourage emergent readers. Even when children memorize the text and recite words by memory instead of truly decoding and reading text, their confidence as readers increases. Children begin to believe in themselves as capable readers - an important milestone for young children beginning to discover the joys of literacy!

Retelling familiar texts is also an important part of reading. Decoding words is not enough; understanding what one has read is just as important. Our children practiced retelling our story by acting out the text with puppets as a narrator read the words from our pocket chart. After much rehearsal a group presented the story to the class.

This story will be sent home in your child's yellow shared reading duotang this evening. I hope you enjoy reading the story together!

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