Picture Stories, Storytelling, and Writing Letters


Here is another example of excellent teaching from Jennie!

A Teacher's Reflections

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Learning begins with language, building words upon words.  The more words children hear, the more they learn, and the better they do in school.  All of this leads up to reading readiness.  So, if I can give children hundreds and thousands of words in a variety of ways, they will have a head start.

How do I do this?

Letter writing
When we have a guest visit the class, or we want to ask someone questions, or we want to tell our own story, we write a giant letter.  In that way, I am helping children to visualize what is on their minds.  But there’s more; children need to touch and feel to ‘cement’ an idea or a concept.  I have them decorate and draw on the big letters.  The words are reinforced and children feel as though they have written the words themselves.  Often, they add their…

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