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Rebecca Harper

We exist in life to find our verse, to find our purpose. 

So what will your verse be?

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Rebecca Harper and I am so excited to tell you all about our wonderful classroom.  It is so important to create an environment in the classroom that supports early literacy development.  In our classroom, I will provide experiences that children need to develop their imagination, a narrative voice, and a love of language!

The following are some activities that we will engage in that promote literacy development:  child centered conversations, singing, poetry, pretend play or role play, illustrating, storytelling, writing, story dramatization, reading, and learning in a print rich environment.  We use our writing to identify and express our thoughts and feelings.  I like to have writing validate a child’s feelings and emotions.  We will be problem solvers in the real world, learning how to work through conflict and to understand and take responsibility for our behavior.  I encourage my students to write notes, letters, stories, and poems.  I will help your child learn that words have meaning and can be used to express our thoughts, feelings, and ideas, both verbally and written on paper.  I provide a wide variety of multicultural texts and learning activities to ensure that all children see themselves and their families reflected in the classroom environment.  I will build schema and background knowledge to better foster your child’s creative use of language, aesthetic sensitivity, and abstract thinking.  My goal is to create an environment where language becomes a way to support the child’s power.  For example, words can help with their ability to deal with a peer, with conflict, and with sad or scary feelings.  The words will empower the children to better express themselves, making them more capable to handle difficult situations that life brings.  Written language, like oral language, is learned by doing things with words in the real world.

Reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures.  It can be a personal and wonderful experience and an opportunity to escape to another world, at least in your mind.  As the process of learning to read begins, one of the first things a child learns by being in a print rich environment is visual discrimination, distinguishing the differences in shapes and letters of the alphabet.  We will work on our phonemic awareness skills, and understanding what letters make what sounds. We will recognize blends, digraphs, and word families, and sight words.  Now the wonderful world of reading is only beginning.  We will talk about reading from the top of the page to the bottom, going left to right, doing a picture walk, recognizing the title, and many other exciting attributes of reading.   You may also practice these skills at home with your child to reinforce them.  Pick books that rhyme, books with pictures, books that repeat, simple decodable books, predictable books, and personal interest books.  Having daily encounters with reading and writing are very important for children.

My goal is to create a positive and motivating environment where each child will learn with purpose and take ownership of his/her learning.  In order to ensure this, I do need your support.  Parents can reinforce learning activities at home by praising your child’s work and by giving additional help with skills your child may find challenging.  I look forward to a very rewarding school year and to all of the adventures to come!

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Harper

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Master’s in Elementary Education at Stephen F. Austin State University, 23rd Year of Teaching