Who here is ready for summer vacation? I know I am.
Enjoy your week, as we wind down the school year.
“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.” ― Kellie Elmore
“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” – Lin Yutang
This is a picture of an afternoon tea I had with a dear friend at The Carlyle, NYC. It is one of my happier memories.
Have a wonderful week!
Today is Phonics 101. I have been going over some of the lesser known spelling rules, but was thinking I shouldn’t assume everyone is familiar with the basics of beginning spelling and reading.
Here are the steps to teach beginning reading and spelling:
- Teach the alphabet.
- Teach the letter sounds. This includes consonants and short and long vowel sounds.
- Begin with reading CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant such as: cat, bet, sit, cot) and beginning sight words (these are very common words such as: the, are, was).
- Teach basic CVCe words. These are words with a long vowel sound and a silent /e/ at the end (bake, kite, hose, etc.).
- Teach blends and digraphs (typically with short vowel sounds first). Blends are two (or three) consonants where you say each sound (such as: clasp, mask, fist) and digraphs where two consonants make one new sounds (ch, ck, ph, sh th, wh with words like: such, duck, shut, which, etc.).
- Teach students about simple syllables along the way. A syllable is a word or part of a word made by one push of the breath.
Next week, we will be looking at syllables. There are six major syllable types and this is where teaching phonics gets more specific!
Have a happy Friday!
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no is watching.”
It is starting to feel like The Chronicles of Narnia, where winter never ends! I took a trip into the mountains this weekend. Compare my drive up with my drive home.
Gorgeous! Still, I am really looking forward to spring weather! They say anticipation is half the fun. I know many of us are starting to anticipate summer vacation as well.
“When you expect things to happen – strangely enough – they do happen.” –J. P. Morgan