Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
This is a MUST for all K-2 teachers, and even parents! Like the last resource , it is more geared towards teachers, but can easily be adapted for parents’ use in the homes. It basically breaks down the steps toward learning the alphabetic principle into 6 levels, which are color coded. Each level has 4-5 steps: Sound-Symbol Correspondences, Teach/Review New Decoding Skills, Review Phonetically Regular Words, Read Orally in Context and Dictation. It is not a complete reading program, but rather one to help students strengthen their letter/sound correspondence skills.
All you need to do is grab a markerboard, a marker and get going! As a teacher, I love giving my students opportunities to change words by only substituting a few different letters. For example, the other day we did this sequence: hard- card- cord- bird- third- thorn. Do you see how forcing children to keep some of the letters in place and erase/change the ones that don’t belong allow them to see relationships between words? I am certainly glad I have it, and I certainly recommend it for other K-2 teachers out there.