Building Blocks for Kindergarten
Six Basic Components of Building Blocks Instruction
1. Desire to Learn to Read and Write:
Create an environment where all students see themselves becoming
independent readers and writers through a variety of developmentally
2. Language Concepts:
Foster the ability to read and write words through the use of morning
messages, journal entries, sentence building activities, and environmental print.
3. Print Concepts: .
T each print concepts by modeling how to write and participating in shared reading and shared writing experiences.
4. Phonemic Awareness:
Develop phonemic awareness, including the concept of rhyme, through
activities with poetry, rhyming books, tongue twisters, and playing with
5. Interesting Words:
Extend the list of real-life words that students find personally relevant, such as favorite restaurant names, favorite cartoon characters, and family members.
6. Letters and Sounds:
Encourage letter and sound recognition through activities with alphabet books, beginning and ending sounds, and shared writing of predictable charts.