During the K-3 continuum, children acquire important skills that set them up for future success. These skills include language arts and social emotional learning. They are taught how to listen and speak for different purposes, and are introduced to reading. They are also given opportunities to practice their writing skills. They learn how to spell and read new words with the correct spelling.
Children are often enthusiastic about their school language. They enjoy learning new words, using words in conversations, and clapping out the sounds in words. They also enjoy using words to tell stories. When children listen to the teacher read a book, they ask questions and offer answers. They listen to the teacher talk about important words. They also identify characters and events in the stories.
Kindergarten students learn how to spell new words. They identify the sounds in words and recognize the beginning and ending sounds in poems. They recognize the opposite of a word, the names of letters, and the names of shapes. They are also taught how to blend sounds to make new words.
Children enjoy using figurative language and vivid descriptions. They are also taught to recognize the different roles of words in sentences. They are also taught to use mental plans to help them read.
Children also enjoy reading many different types of books. These books are read aloud, so that they can learn how to act out the important events in the stories.