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In kindergarten classrooms children develop six critical understandings which are the "building blocks" for successful literacy.
1.Children develop the desire to learn to read and write.
2.Students learn new concepts and add words to their vocabularies.
3.Children learn print concepts.
4.Children develop phonemic awareness.
5.Children learn to read some familiar words.
6.Students learn letter names and sounds.
Kindergarten teachers provide opportunities for children by:
Reading/Writing to children
Reading/Writing with children
Providing opportunities for children to read/write by themselves
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