Monday, November 23, 2009
I also wish all my students and the families a safe, happy, and fun filled Thanksgiving. Take this time to cherish loved ones.
See you all back in class on Monday!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
On November 23rd our class will have both our luncheon and our first drama production of the year. Our class will be performing the Thanksgiving comedy Turk and Runt. I performed this with my students last year and we had a blast! Performing plays is a great learning experience for children in many ways. The children practice reading skills by reading simple lines from a book, sequencing events in a story, and connecting a written text with a dramatized version. This is defenitely a large undertaking, but it's well worth it.
This week we will read the book, use picture cards to practice sequencing the events in the correct order, assign reading parts for the different characters, and begin our first practice run. Some children will be going home with a script to practice the lines at home as well, because some characters will more more speaking parts.
Look for a flyer about the play by the end of the week. The flyer will include the day, time and location of the play.
Monday, November 2, 2009
- Letter identification
- Letter sound connections
- Sight word recognition and writing
- Word building
- Phonemic awareness (rhyming, segmenting words into individual sounds or syllables, blending sounds to make words)
- Sorting words
- Ordering letters
You can see how our center area is organized.
Organizing all the materials has been easy once I found those nice white rolling bins. I labeled each drawer of the bin with a ID tag holder. When I make a new game, I take a picture and add it to the ID tag holder. By labeling the bins, the kids can clean up with ease. The key to keeping kids on task is to provide many choices. From time to time I may add a new activity to keep it fresh, but there will always be the regulat choices.
One choice that I have nearly every week is to create words for the target letter. I simply change out the laminated words cards and keep the letter cubes out. Towards the end of the year, I have students actually complete a word book as an assignment.