W is for Wild Willa
Over the past month, Welches Schools kindergarten teacher Jenai Burden has been working to make learning the ABCs more fun, and has added a little flare in the process.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the class of 21 little scholars presented a fashion show of homemade vests, which showcased their favorite letters and items to represent them.
"The fashion show shows off what they've learned and get parents into the school," Burden said. "We hosted it after hours so that more parents could come and spend time on literacy with their children."
Before the fashion show, Burden offered an explanation of the project and some time for parents to work personally on literacy with their students.
"Students usually come into my class knowing the letters, but not with a deep knowledge of sounds and recognition of why we use letters and where and how they're used."
Burden noted that her current class seems to have retained letter knowledge better than she's ever seen from kindergarteners.
"I really wanted everyone to have a good understanding of the alphabet," Burden said.
She said she believes that, with the extra time spent studying the letters individually, the students did gain a better understanding.
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