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May 16, 2016

Perfect Nonfiction Reading for New Readers

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    With the adoption of Common Core State Standards, there has been a shift in the emphasis of informational text. Students are now expected to be exposed to both literature and nonfiction. Researchers say it is important to have multiple types of texts in early childhood education settings. These include not only fiction and nonfiction books, but also letters, newspapers, and magazines.

    If you are looking for ways to create a culture of reading in your classroom, look no further. Let’s Find Out has a print and online magazine format, and, while there are plenty of nonfiction texts and magazines available, there really is no other kindergarten resource that I have found that is as engaging and affordable.

     

    Why I LOVE Let’s Find Out

    The Layout

    Let’s Find Out is a beautiful magazine with images that can't help but draw readers in. I love that there is both a print and online edition to read. When our magazines arrive, I have a parent volunteer sort the editions for me. During these times, the kids are so excited that my parent volunteer is usually caught in the middle of a kindergarten mob before she is done sorting them! I love seeing the kids so excited to read! 

     

    Digital Learning

    Digital Editions

    Foster fluency and concepts of print with text-to-speech technology: each word is highlighted as it is read aloud. Let's Find Out even has an iPad app that will read the text aloud to your students. This is a great way to differentiate for your struggling readers!

    Videos

    Build excitement and listening comprehension with nonfiction videos on science and social studies topics. When my students watch these videos, you can hear a pin drop — and if you've ever been in a kindergarten class, you know that doesn’t happen too often! (Insert smile here...)

    Play and Learn Games

    Reinforce skills like letter and sight-word recognition, phonics, and comprehension with interactive games — my kids LOVE these! All of the games can be played on a SMART Board, computers, or even on the go with an iPad.

     

    Early Learning Skills

    Let’s Find Out is a developmentally appropriate teaching supplement designed to introduce and reinforce core early-learning concepts. From reading fundamentals to social development, the magazine develops kindergarten skills using an engaging print and digital magazine format.

     

    Videos Your Kids Will Love

    Let’s Find Out has the most adorable videos and my kids are just mesmerized by them! The nonfiction videos build excitement and listening comprehension with a focus on science and social studies themes and topics.

    I took the picture below while my class was watching one of the videos. They did not even notice I had my camera out. Kindergartners DON’T SIT STILL for long, and as you can clearly see, this classroom magazine has captured their attention!

     

     

    Preplan!

    One of my favorite resources from the magazine is the planning calendar. During the summer, when I begin thinking and planning for the next year, I make sure to have a copy right by my side. The calendar lists all of the social studies and science topics and themes. When I am working on my instructional calendar for the upcoming school year, I make sure to thoughtfully incorporate these themes into my instruction. The themes are engaging, relevant, and totally complement and enhance the subjects I am already teaching my children.

    Click on the colorful schedule of monthly topics and print a copy to tuck into your beach bag or carry-on to peruse at your leisure during the summer break.

     

     

    Thematic Instruction

    Teaching thematically has never been easier. Well thought out kindergarten thematic units have lots of interesting things for students to raise questions about, observe and investigate. I use the science and social studies themes and incorporate them into my curriculum. This helps me meet Common Core standards, while still allowing me to teach in a meaningful way.

    Just recently, I taught my kinders all about plants and seeds. I used the “I See Seeds” edition of Let’s Find Out to kick off our unit and as a result, my kids were very eager to learn more about the topic. We also read lots of great books, planted seeds, and labeled the parts of a plant. Teaching this way makes sense to me and I am so thankful I have this resource to help me motivate learning in my classroom!

     

    Subscription Savings

    There are many reasons to get a subscription right now! Prices are lower in the spring than they are in the fall and in my school every penny counts.

    I would recommend going to your principal to request a subscription. My principal just happened to come into my classroom while my kids were highlighting all the word wall words they could find in the issue we were getting ready to read. She had a big smile on her face as she watched my children. When she asked them what they were doing, they cheerfully told her they were becoming better readers!

    I also use Let's Find Out for guided reading instruction, word work, and partner reading in my classroom. I would love to hear how you use magazines to enhance instruction and learning in your classroom. I hope you got some inspiration for using the magazines in your own classroom.

    Thanks for reading, have fun with your kiddos, and I’ll see you here next time!

    Happy Teaching!

    Shari 

    With the adoption of Common Core State Standards, there has been a shift in the emphasis of informational text. Students are now expected to be exposed to both literature and nonfiction. Researchers say it is important to have multiple types of texts in early childhood education settings. These include not only fiction and nonfiction books, but also letters, newspapers, and magazines.

    If you are looking for ways to create a culture of reading in your classroom, look no further. Let’s Find Out has a print and online magazine format, and, while there are plenty of nonfiction texts and magazines available, there really is no other kindergarten resource that I have found that is as engaging and affordable.

     

    Why I LOVE Let’s Find Out

    The Layout

    Let’s Find Out is a beautiful magazine with images that can't help but draw readers in. I love that there is both a print and online edition to read. When our magazines arrive, I have a parent volunteer sort the editions for me. During these times, the kids are so excited that my parent volunteer is usually caught in the middle of a kindergarten mob before she is done sorting them! I love seeing the kids so excited to read! 

     

    Digital Learning

    Digital Editions

    Foster fluency and concepts of print with text-to-speech technology: each word is highlighted as it is read aloud. Let's Find Out even has an iPad app that will read the text aloud to your students. This is a great way to differentiate for your struggling readers!

    Videos

    Build excitement and listening comprehension with nonfiction videos on science and social studies topics. When my students watch these videos, you can hear a pin drop — and if you've ever been in a kindergarten class, you know that doesn’t happen too often! (Insert smile here...)

    Play and Learn Games

    Reinforce skills like letter and sight-word recognition, phonics, and comprehension with interactive games — my kids LOVE these! All of the games can be played on a SMART Board, computers, or even on the go with an iPad.

     

    Early Learning Skills

    Let’s Find Out is a developmentally appropriate teaching supplement designed to introduce and reinforce core early-learning concepts. From reading fundamentals to social development, the magazine develops kindergarten skills using an engaging print and digital magazine format.

     

    Videos Your Kids Will Love

    Let’s Find Out has the most adorable videos and my kids are just mesmerized by them! The nonfiction videos build excitement and listening comprehension with a focus on science and social studies themes and topics.

    I took the picture below while my class was watching one of the videos. They did not even notice I had my camera out. Kindergartners DON’T SIT STILL for long, and as you can clearly see, this classroom magazine has captured their attention!

     

     

    Preplan!

    One of my favorite resources from the magazine is the planning calendar. During the summer, when I begin thinking and planning for the next year, I make sure to have a copy right by my side. The calendar lists all of the social studies and science topics and themes. When I am working on my instructional calendar for the upcoming school year, I make sure to thoughtfully incorporate these themes into my instruction. The themes are engaging, relevant, and totally complement and enhance the subjects I am already teaching my children.

    Click on the colorful schedule of monthly topics and print a copy to tuck into your beach bag or carry-on to peruse at your leisure during the summer break.

     

     

    Thematic Instruction

    Teaching thematically has never been easier. Well thought out kindergarten thematic units have lots of interesting things for students to raise questions about, observe and investigate. I use the science and social studies themes and incorporate them into my curriculum. This helps me meet Common Core standards, while still allowing me to teach in a meaningful way.

    Just recently, I taught my kinders all about plants and seeds. I used the “I See Seeds” edition of Let’s Find Out to kick off our unit and as a result, my kids were very eager to learn more about the topic. We also read lots of great books, planted seeds, and labeled the parts of a plant. Teaching this way makes sense to me and I am so thankful I have this resource to help me motivate learning in my classroom!

     

    Subscription Savings

    There are many reasons to get a subscription right now! Prices are lower in the spring than they are in the fall and in my school every penny counts.

    I would recommend going to your principal to request a subscription. My principal just happened to come into my classroom while my kids were highlighting all the word wall words they could find in the issue we were getting ready to read. She had a big smile on her face as she watched my children. When she asked them what they were doing, they cheerfully told her they were becoming better readers!

    I also use Let's Find Out for guided reading instruction, word work, and partner reading in my classroom. I would love to hear how you use magazines to enhance instruction and learning in your classroom. I hope you got some inspiration for using the magazines in your own classroom.

    Thanks for reading, have fun with your kiddos, and I’ll see you here next time!

    Happy Teaching!

    Shari 

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