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Discussion in 'Kindergarten' started by LoveKinder, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. LoveKinder

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    Hi all I teach kindergarten and I have this student who is reading sight words at a 6/7th Grade level. I have no idea what to do with him. Please if you have any ideas I would appreciate it.
     
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  3. little317

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    Wow! Is the student advanced in other areas?
     
  4. LoveKinder

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    No not really. The only other area is his verbal communication.
     
  5. Blue

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    I would ask the 6/7 teacher for some books.
     
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    can he comprehend what he is reading?
     
  7. teacher36

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    I was just going to ask that.
     
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    I would have him/her working independently on reading response type projects with higher level materials. I wouldn't necessarily use 6th Grade level works because even though they can read the words there is no way most of that material/vocabulary is something they are going to be able to comprehend. I'm sure as others pointed out they could use strategies to improve things like comprehension and fluency.

    Often I find I have to teach these kids backwards when it comes to reading. They still don't know things like the phonics rules but learned to read more in a whole language situation.
     
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    Not only that...but they do not have the background knowledge of a 6th grader. Text must relate to their lives to be meaningful and it would be very difficult to find meaningful 6th grade level literature for a kindergartener.

    Assess him, find out what areas he needs improvement in and work on those.
     
  10. punchinello

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    I like the idea of research projects. He can use his reading skills to gather information, write, and maybe present something to the class? I've seen teachers set up a desk/computer in the room, just for kids like this.

    Do you have a GT person you can get ideas from?
     
  11. Silmarienne

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    But can he genuinely read and decode new words, or does he have lots of words memorized? That can cause him real problems later on when he has to expand his vocabulary exponentially. I would check on his phonics skills before jumping into giving him all this accelerated stuff, as well as the comprehension.

    Which just reminded me. My husband used to work with severely autistic boys. One was completely non-verbal, almost non-responsive. But hand him a newspaper, or any text, and he could read it out loud with perfect pronunciation. Whether or not it meant anything at all was a mystery. My point being, just because he can read does not mean he is ready for higher level material, unfortunately.
     

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