Happy New Year! Don’t you love a new year, with all its freshness and possibility? I hope you are enjoying this goal-setting time, along with some relaxation.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
The students are full of excitement, and I am hearing lots of cute talk about Santa. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and wonderful break.
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” –Charles Dickens
We have a new colleague on our personalized learning team, and she introduced us to an amazing pencil sharpener.
Can you really get excited about a great pencil sharpener? Well, if you’re a teacher, the answer is a definitive “yes.”
My students call it the “old fashioned” pencil sharpener because it is not electric. That is part of the appeal for me–no high pitch grinding noise. Also, it will not eat your pencils. It grips the pencil and sharpens it to a sharp point, and no more. This is not a paid endorsement 🙂
Like coloring books, there is something therapeutic about sharpening a bunch of pencils all at once.
The brand is: CARL ANGEL-5 Pencil Sharpener. “The Original Quality.”
Time for some rest and relaxation. I will only be posting occasionally over the summer. I hope you all have a wonderful summer.
“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” –Helen Keller
These are six syllable types that make up the majority of words in English.
1. Closed Syllables
2. Open Syllables
3. Vowel-Consonant-e Syllable
4. Consonant-le Syllable
5. R-Controlled Syllables
6. Vowel Teams
What are the benefits in learning these six types?
English is a very complicated language, and teaching the syllabication principles will help your child/student chunk words down into more manageable parts. This, in turn, will help with overall reading skills and identify of spelling patterns.
This will also be especially beneficial for students who have a specific learning disability in reading. Research supports that teaching phonics is the most effective type of reading instruction for students with dyslexia.
In the upcoming weeks, I will tackle the different syllable types. Whether a refresher, or new material, I hope this series helps!
Here is a picture of my sweet girl. This is my favorite fundraiser, pictures with Santa–proceeds help support an organization that rescues weimaranars.
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday break!
I took a road trip for fall break, and one of the stops was the Grand Canyon. Pretty amazing! Back to work now, and have a great week!
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert
Where did our summer go? I hope you all had a great one! I teach at an early start school, and am excited for my first day back. Have a wonderful week!
“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” –William Shakespeare
(Set from a Shakespeare play I saw this summer.)
Bonus Letters, the Fizzle, Floss, or Flossy Rule …all common names for this rule.
Another helpful spelling rule is:
If a one-syllable word ends in a short vowel and is immediately followed by the consonants f, l, s, or z, double the consonant.
- fluff, puff, whiff, off, buff
- bill, hill, hall, mull, fill, tall
- mass, kiss, chess, less
- jazz, buzz, fuzz
(The letter /a/ does not always have the expected short sound.)
Remember, these rules are very helpful for students with specific learning disabilities in making sense of spelling and reading.
I spent one summer in Salamanca, Spain, taking Spanish courses. My sweet mom sent me a care package, and one of the items was the book by Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go!
Inside, she wrote, “This is your last Dr. Seuss book, promise! Filled with lots of wisdom for you!” Of course, I have kept it all these years.
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And
you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll
decide where to go.
You’ll get mixed up,
of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with
many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great
tact and remember that
Life’s A Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL MOVE