Have the children find conventionally spelled words to copy on the appropriate page. Encourage them to draw a picture of the thing, if possible, or to paste in a picture from an old magazine.
Use the dictionaries as a way to reinforce class activities and lessons with letters and words. For example, when it is Zakary Feinstein’s letter day, you might write some “z” or “f” words on the board and ask the children to copy them on the appropriate page in their dictionary.
Kindergarten is a great time of preparation for the challenge of real reading. Toward this end, we list a particular set of accomplishments that the successful learner should exhibit by the end of kindergarten. Because of their importance, we present them in full, as published in Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children (National Academy Press, 1998). As with the list of accomplishments for the preschool child, this list is neither exhaustive nor incontestable, but it does capture many highlights of the course of literacy acquisition. Although the timing of these accomplishments will vary among children, they are the sorts of things that should be in place when children enter first grade.