"But I can't read!" is a refrain that is often heard at the beginning of the year in kindergarten. We started the year in KB with a focus on wordless picture books to help children understand that they ARE reading when they make meaning from images. Students notice different aspects of the illustrations, and as they share their observations with the class, they tell the story in their own words.
We used our skill of telling a story from pictures when we learned about turn-and-talk. Each student pair had an image, and the child who was holding the picture was the designated speaker. Handling a single a picture as prompt helped focus the storytelling and the turn-taking.