We take our Pre-k students to Kindergarten for a lesson once a day this week (2-3 kids per class). It helps make the idea of Kindergarten less scary to them because they get to see what it is like and meet some of the teachers. Several of my little ones have recently declared that they are NOT leaving me and are going to stay Pre-k students. So, it has been wonderful to see their happy faces when I pick them up and they tell me they LOVE Kindergarten.
Today, one of the K teachers pulled me aside and said you have some real smart ones. Yesterday, one of your students sounded out a word that one of my students was stuck on, and today in whole group another one sounded out a word! On Teacher Dare Day when we were asked what is something we wish someone would notice — I wished that someone would notice that some of my Pre-k students are reading. I have 5 that can sound out words and are learning sight words, and one of those students can also sound out words with blends in them.
This week has made me feel like, “They are ready.” Being a part of the team (parents, teachers, and students) that has helped lay the foundation for their education experience — and then seeing how far they’ve come and knowing that they will be okay is a great reward.