Sun Room Kindergarten students experience a highly individualized reading
program. We take pride in providing a positive and fun learning environment that
promotes the social, emotional, and developmentally appropriate academic
growth of each child. We believe in educating the whole child through our well-balanced Language Arts Program. This approach incorporates many components including:

    • Whole Language
    • Phonics
    • Sight Words and Word Study
    • Guided Reading
    • Reader’s Workshop
    • Writer’s Workshop

Program Components and Skills Taught

Whole Language:

    • Participate in shared reading experience
    • Develop an appreciation for different genres of literature
    • Recognize that print represents spoken language
    • Relate text to personal experiences
    • Share experiences and ideas
    • Recognize the beginning, middle, and end of a story
    • Recall information from listening to stories and discussions
    • Understand ‘main idea’ of story
    • Make reading exciting and fun


    • Alphabet recognition
    • Letter / sound (phonemic) awareness / association
    • Clap syllables
    • Identify beginning, / ending word sounds
    • Short vowel sounds (A,E,I,O,U)
    • High frequency / basic sight words
    • CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words
    • Decoding skills

Program Components and Skills Taught
Sight Words / Word Study:

    • Instant recognition of basic sight words
    • Introduction of word families, allowing the beginning reader to see patterns in words
    • Identifying word ‘chunks’ in words for decoding purposes
    • Recognizing and reading sight words in sentences

Guided Reading:

    • Provide book reading experiences at ‘just right’ level
    • Track print from left to right
    • Use picture clues to aid in reading
    • Predict outcomes, events and character’s actions
    • Recall details from the story
    • Gain confidence and positive self-esteem with successful reading experiences

Reader’s Workshop:

    • Distinguish between fiction and non-fiction
    • Use of charts and mini-lessons to introduce new concepts
    • Develop decoding / reading strategies
    • Identify details of story
    • Recall sequence of story
    • Learn to choose a ‘just right’ book for reading

Writer’s Workshop and Handwriting:

  • Three point pencil grip
  • Proper writing position and posture
  • Begin transition from uppercase to lowecase when printing
  • Use personal ideas to generate stories
  • Use inventive spelling in conjunction with high frequency words to write sentences
  • Appropriate use of capitals and punctuation
  • Writers ‘write’ using pictures, letters, words, and sentences