At Bayshore Elementary we use the Houghton Mifflin reading program. This curriculum integrates phonics, phonemic awareness, and reading strategies in a fun and developmentally appropriate way. The Houghton Mifflin program is theme based. Each theme is 3 weeks long.
Theme 1: Welcome to Kindergarten and Look At Us
Theme 2: Colors All Around
High Frequency Words: I, see
In this theme children learn about colors, color words and how to use them as describing words. We celebrated this theme by having color days in which we all wore a color on specific days. It was really a lot of fun!
Theme 3: We're A Family
High Frequency Words: my, like
This theme helped the children to understand more about families. We learned family naming words such as mom, dad, uncle, cousin, sister, brother, etc. We read lots of stories about different types of families but we learned that all families have things in common, big or small! At the end of this theme we celebrated by having a Family Breakfast. I was pleased with the number of family members that were able to join us in this celebration!
Theme 4: Friends All Around
High Frequency Words: a, to
Theme 5: Let's Count
In this theme we read a lot of counting stories. We also learned to read the number words one through ten! This was a fun theme all about counting.
High Frequency Words: and, go
Theme 6: Sunshine and Raindrops
High Frequency Words: is, here
Theme 7: Wheels Go Around
High Frequency Words: for, have
Theme 8: Down on the Farm
High Frequency Words: said, the