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Breanna Hooks
Re: Letters, sounds, and words
Tue Jul 16, 2013 15:05

I can relate to not being able to define a reading program. I feel that way at my school. There is no program, no guidance, we just follow the Reader's Workshop Model. I like the model because I can choose what areas I do my mini-lesson and can really focus my lessons to my students' needs. However, going into a new grade level I have no idea where to begin!

  • Letters, sounds, and words - Cindi bradshaw, Tue Jul 16 14:38
    The sites provided seemed to be below grade level for my students, but I could see where they could be very beneficial for younger students. I particularly liked the ones that put emphasis on... more
    • Agree! - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 16:07
      I felt like most of the sites were not beneficial to me since I teach fourth grade. Even my struggling readers do not want to be perceived as "babies". Not that those sites were baby sites but the... more
      • More Thoughts... - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 16:21
        I think one thing that is hard about teaching the younger adolescent set (which I would consider 4th, 5th, 6th) is that some of them still need work with basic foundational skills although not an... more
        • Re: More Thoughts... - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 21:03
          I could definitely see how meeting the needs of those students could be difficult. Often when you try to meet their basic foundational skills the lessons do not match up with the maturity level of... more
          • Yes - lohrmk, Tue Jul 16 22:30
            Basically I just do the "regular" way with them; good old differentiation and modification with a healthy dose of extra one-on-one time to work on things like sight words, etc.
    • Re: Letters, sounds, and words - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 15:05
      • reading program - Cindi, Thu Jul 18 15:48
        Breanna, I am currently reading the different pieces of legislation throughout the years with relation to reading and reading programs and I am going to tell you I really do not see how schools get... more
      • Re: Letter, Sounds, and Words - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 15:21
        I can feel you!! Up until a couple years ago it was just teach and go. We did reading work shop, and Phonics with Fountas and Pinnell. Now we use Imagine It. I like the phonics program with Imagine... more
        • Re: Letter, Sounds, and Words - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 21:01
          I haven't used Imagine It and I have heard mixed feelings about it. Most of the people I know who enjoy it are not forced to strictly follow it. So I'm not sure what to think about the program.
        • Re: Letter, Sounds, and Words - Morgan Williams, Tue Jul 16 19:11
          What is Imagine it?
          • Re: What Imagine It is - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 12:34
            Imagine it is a litearcy program that WSFCS adopted a couple of years ago. It is comprised of 3 components, red band (reading), green band (phonics) and blue band (writing). It is basically a program ... more
          • Imagine it - Ashley Dezern, Tue Jul 16 22:06
            What exactly is Imagine it? I've never heard of this program and I'm assuming it's not a computer based program but would like to know more about it.
            • Imagine It! - hobsonkd 127, Tue Jul 16 23:09
              My mom teaches first grade in Forsyth County and is required to utilize Imagine It! I don't know much about it but that it's very time consuming. I would be LIVID if I was expected to teach a program ... more
        • Imagine it - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 15:46
          I have heard a lot of negative things about Imagine It but I have not experienced it for myself. I like the idea of having something kind of mapped out but I wouldn't want to be told exactly what to... more
          • Re: Imagine It - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 16:05
            Breanna, I agree!! I like having the phonics part of it. It's good and mapped out sequentially and teaches phonics in an organized fashion, but I DON'T like the reading part of it. I wish I could... more
            • Re: Imagine It - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 20:56
              Are you supposed to follow it strictly or are you allowed to stray from the program? (i.e. if your principal walked in would she turn the other way or would you get scolded for not following it!?)
            • RE:Imagine It! - Heather Fisher, Tue Jul 16 17:24
              Imagine It! does do a good job of adding phonics into their program, however; all students don't all need the same word work practice at the same time. Some students may be on beginning sounds while... more
              • RE:Imagine It! - Breanna Hooks, Tue Jul 16 20:57
                That makes sense! I find that is what's wrong with a lot of programs. They go at one rate. If you are not able to stray from it and provide the instruction to the students where their needs are then... more
              • Re: Imagine It - Natalie Kabel, Tue Jul 16 17:28
                I agree!! For my students who are right on track with 1st grade (or below) I would do Imagine It. The others I would do word sorts during word study time! I wish we had that flexibility.
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