Sun Oct 16, 2011 18:15

My son is in kindergarten and they do Letter Land which I'm sure is very similar to yours. He Loves It!! I am amazed at how fast he has picked up on the "sound tricks". He is already sounding out words to reading and he is spelling most words with the correct initial and final consonant sounds. I know it's exciting to see your little ones starting to read!

  • Phonics - Jennifer Wherritt Ridenhour, Sat Oct 15 16:29
    I really enjoyed the Phonics article. I have always known that there are various ways to teach phonics and the main goal is for students to develop phonological awareness, but the quote in the... more
    • Re: Phonics - Elisabeth Borowicz, Sun Oct 16 20:47
      I can't imagine teaching kindergarten and laying the phonics groundwork! I was in kindergarten for block one and the teacher I work with did phonics for almost two hours every day. She was awesome at ... more
    • phonics - trivettec, Sun Oct 16 18:15
      • Re: phonics - fayk, Sat Oct 22 16:35
        Carrie- Letter Land is awesome! I just went to a training on Friday and learned so much more about it! It is a great phonics and reading program- I just wish I had more time in the day to do more... more
    • Phonics - fayk, Sun Oct 16 17:39
      I completely feel overwhelmed when it comes to phonics instruction. There are just so many different ways to teach it- and I struggle with which is the most valuable for the children? We use... more
      • Reply:phonics - williskl1, Tue Oct 18 22:34
        I agree with you and have this conversation with other teachers all the time! I feel so overwhelmed by all the different ways to teach phonics and figuring out which way is best and trying to get... more
      • Portable word walls - Jennifer Ridenhour, Mon Oct 17 18:00
        I love the idea of portable word walls. I am looking forward to borrowing your idea in my own classroom!
        • word wall - lockwoodre, Mon Nov 21 18:38
          I want to use portable word walls too. I really don't do word walls for 5th grade and now I realize how important they are.
      • Re: Phonics - Elisabeth Borowicz, Sun Oct 16 20:51
        Do you create the portable word walls for your students? Or do you just have an alphabetic outline and add the words as they learn them? Do YOU actually write them on the portable WW for them, or do... more
        • Re: Phonics - fayk, Sat Oct 22 16:26
          Elisabeth- I use my portable word walls for writing time with my students- both with whole group and small groups. Each child has their own "Word Wall" that is passed out during writing time. This... more
        • Katie-portable word walls - koppenhaverd, Mon Oct 17 11:45
          I'm with Elisabeth. I'd love to hear more about what you're doing with word walls, especially portable word walls, with such young kids, and why. We've always used portable word walls only in... more
          • word bank response - fayk, Sat Oct 22 16:32
            Dr. Koppenhaver, These word banks actually save a lot of time for me during writing because I don't have every child raising their hand to ask me how to spell something :) As I replied to Elisabeth-... more
      • phonics - trivettec, Sun Oct 16 18:18
        Cute ideas, Katie! I love the idea of a portable word wall. I am totally going to use this--several of my kids are removed during "reading clinic" time and sent to the library for some reading and... more
        • Re: phonics - fayk, Sat Oct 22 16:33
          It works really well during my acceleration time when I have small group writing time and some are removed from the classroom. Hope you can use and it works well for you!
        • portable word walls - redingerj, Tue Oct 18 06:58
          I like the idea as well- am looking forward to being able to do more of this type of individualized literacy instruction later in the year! thanks, katie!
    • Reply to Phonics - beasleycm, Sun Oct 16 02:31
      It sounds like you are doing a great job teaching your students. I know that there is so much more phonics instruction in Kindergarten. It seems that you do many different activities to engage your... more
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