Young Learners - Reading & Reading Comprehension!

 

 

Teacher:  Amber Buchele

Ages:  4-6

Class Time:  9:30 - 11:15

Cost:   $240.   Can be split into 3 equal payments.

Mat Fees:  $35

 

HuckleBerry’s Young Learner’s Program is a project-based experience for early learners. We understand that children learn best by doing, by investigating, and by having the freedom and support to learn at the rate that is comfortable for them.  At these ages, learning needs to be tactile, engaging, and highly differentiated.  HuckleBerry has been using our small class hands-on approach to learning since 2007, and we are excited to begin our second year of offering this classroom style to our youngest learners!

Our program will focus on:

Social-emotional development – emotional intelligence, this includes fostering a positive sense of self, identifying emotions, initiating peer play, focusing attention, following rules, managing their impulses, and resolving social conflict.

 

Our schedule for Young Learners classes:

9:00 - 9:30 - early drop off - open play on our beautiful playground!

9:30 - 11:15 - Our Reading & Reading Comprehension Class!

11:15 - 11:45 - Lunch time and Play time!

11:45 - 1:15 - Our Young Learners All About Math class!

1:15 - Pick Up


Our Language Arts class will focus on developing skills in early listening and speaking, vocabulary, phonological awareness, word/print, writing and drawing.

 

Reading will be achieved using the Phonographix program to encourage decoding and quick recall. For those that were with me last year, we will be doing a brief review of the letter sounds learned and then we will be diving into new sound combinations. For those just starting out in our Young Learner’s program, we will be starting from the beginning of the program and adjusting as needed. Our reading instruction is individualized to the learner!  In our class the Phonographix program will be paired with a Sound to Symbol Reading workbook and a Sound to Symbol Writing workbook. We will reinforce with bingo, sound scavenger hunts, and make your own word dice games.   Reading in context and out of context will also be developed using the augmented reality Letters Alive program, where letters will come alive in 3D format for our learners!   Letters alive Plus is an award-winning supplemental reading kit that incorporates evidence-based best practices to teach letters, letter sounds, word building, and sentence building.  This phonics program is presented within a 3D augmented reality world filled with animals, tying science in with literacy instruction.  Children hear, see, touch, build, and speak while enjoying a fun experience that is proven to boost reading proficiency and knowledge retention.

 

Reading comprehension will be achieved through use of The Junior Great Books. This program immerses young learners in reading, questioning, and talking about understanding fiction and poetry. This series includes twelce outstanding developmentally appropriate sections (9 stories, 3 poems), full-color illustrations, guidelines for discussion, and activity pages that encourage students to record their thinking through drawing, dictation, and writing.

We will cultivate literacy with the use of engaging story times, puppet play, storyboarding, and finally, creating our own stories to really tie the year’s learning together!

 

There will always be a component of physical education and art in our classroom!

 

Winter 2019

Week:   1-3

Story/Poem:  The Three Wishes  by Margot Zemach

Vocabulary:    Trudged, Slumped, Useless

Classroom Activities:  What would you wish for activity, word and reading games, dramatic play, creative writing, interpretive drawing, shared writing

 

Week:   4-6

Story/Poem:  Me First by Max Kornell

Vocabulary:   Arguing, Sprinted, Trotted

Classroom Activities:   Word and reading games, dramatic play, creative writing, interpretive drawing, shared writing

 

Week: 7-9

Story/Poem: The Fire Cat by Esther Averill

Vocabulary:  Mixed-up, Suddenly, Wonderful

Classroom Activities:  Word and reading games, dramatic play, creative writing, interpretive drawing, shared writing

 

Week: 10

Story/Poem: Every Time I Climb a Tree  by David McCord

Vocabulary:  Skin, Dodge, Spot

Classroom Activities:  Word and reading games, dramatic play, creative writing, interpretive drawing, shared writing, Class party & Review of the quarter. Character connections between the stories.

 

Spring 2019

 

 

HuckleBerry’s Young Learner’s Program is a project-based experience for early learners. We understand that children learn best by doing, by investigating, and by having the freedom and support to learn at the rate that is comfortable for them. At these ages, learning needs to be tactile, engaging, and highly differentiated. HuckleBerry has been using our small class hands-on approach to learning since 2007, and we are excited to begin our second year of offering this classroom style to our youngest learners!
Our program will focus on:
Social-emotional development – emotional intelligence, this includes fostering a positive sense of self, identifying emotions, initiating peer play, focusing attention, following rules, managing their impulses, and resolving social conflict.
Reading will be achieved using the Phonographix program to encourage decoding and quick recall. For those that were with me last year, we will be doing a brief review of the letter sounds learned and then we will be diving into new sound combinations. For those just starting out in our Young Learner’s program, we will be starting from the beginning of the program and adjusting as needed. Our reading instruction is individualized to the learner! In our class the Phonographix program will be paired with a Sound to Symbol Reading workbook and a Sound to Symbol Writing workbook. We will reinforce with bingo, sound scavenger hunts, and make your own word dice games.
Reading comprehension will be achieved through use of The Junior Great Books. This program immerses young learners in reading, questioning, and talking about understanding fiction and poetry. This series includes twelve outstanding developmentally appropriate sections (9 stories, 3 poems), full-color illustrations, guidelines for discussion, and activity pages that encourage students to record their thinking through drawing, dictation, and writing.

 

 

 

**This syllabus is subject to change as I see fit to accommodate my students.