Hi everyone, I just wanted to post because I am sooo excited about what I am seeing in my kindergartners. It has been a great year. I am seeing them already doing things my first graders were doing at the beginning of first grade. They are so smart (and they started out so low!!!) I started working with small groups about 3 weeks ago, and started thinking I should pull over individuals during this time and during rest time. So, that's what I did yesterday. I pulled out a DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) on one of my kids who seemed to be ready to read. He knows all his letters and sounds, plus he's writing complete sentences with both invented and conventional spelling. Anyway, I put the book in front of him, and he so quietly said, "But I can't read!" Of course, I knew he could, so we started off on our picture walk. He was SO not confident that he didn't even think he could tell me what was going on in the pictures! He even started getting me discouraged, but I knew this kid could do it, so I kept with the positive routine and by the end of the book, he was a little more into it and telling me what was going on in the pictures. Now it was time for the text.... He was SO surprised when he saw words that we had been learning - I, like, the. He even remembered 'apples' from when we did our I Like Apples predictable chart! He read the entire book to me. We pulled out another book, worked through it, and wa-lah! another book he could read. So then I said, "What did you tell me when we sat down here today?" He responded with "I can't read...." and I said, "and what did you just do?!" "I READ IT!!" He was smiling from ear to ear. He took the book home to read to Mom and Dad and then read it to the class today. He had even taught another student who struggles how to read it perfectly.. It's so exciting! To top this off, I also pulled some of my other students who had all their letters & sounds identified... They each practiced a book with me and took it home to read last night and to the class today. Now all the other kids want to read and they sit on the carpet before school reading to each other! With a week like this I almost wish tomorrow wasn't a half day. We are on a roll. Of course, I'm not going to complain about the break. We need it.