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joanne abrams
Beg. Rdg Discussion
Mon Sep 7, 2015 10:07
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I am a Kindergarten teacher so this lecture seemed to help define much of what I do. The bubble visual was very helpful as it gave me a concrete visual to say yes...that is generally the continuum I've followed not necessarily knowing if it was right or not...it just seemed most logical, Some questions I have are about the reading program we use and how it emphasizes using only the sounds of letter first. I know this was alluded to in the lecture.
Since I have only used this program to teach letter sounds, and then eventually letter names I cannot speak to how my experiences are to do it in reverse. I have (like all beginning reading teachers) seen letter names confuse students when starting to write beginning sounds. Also, letter A is usually a short a in the beginning word banks so the letter name A can be confusing too. The technology apps I use allow for both learning the motion to form the letter and the actual letter name. This learning is done at first independently at thier tables and after a month or so...I begin to reinforce the letter name learning into my directed lessons. The questions I have about technology is that I am wondering if there are resources that follow along the Beginning Reading Model so teachers do not have to piece together apps to follow this approach?

  • Beginning Reading Theory - koppenhaverd, Sun Aug 30 19:41
    Discuss Morris et al.'s beginning reading theory here. Here are some possible questions you might address to begin the conversation: Does it seem to fit your students who are beginning readers? Does... more
    • Re: Beginning Reading Theory - Candi, Wed Sep 16 15:54
      I have learned so much about teaching reading in first grade. After every class with Dr. Morris, Megan and I would adapts or add something to our reading groups. For example, students were working on ... more
    • Beginning Reading Theory - Regina, Tue Sep 8 22:16
      The beginning reading model does match what I know about beginning readers. I teach second grade and I always have students that are on different reading levels. Most students in my class are in the... more
      • Re: Beginning Reading Theory - brittanyavery, Mon Sep 14 21:26
        I also found the article about scientifically-based instruction very interesting. Unfortunately, sometimes I think we tend to "jump on the band wagon" of the latest and greatest and expect it to be a ... more
      • Re: Beginning Reading Theory - Anonymous, Wed Sep 9 13:03
        I also found the article about scientifically-based instruction very interesting. Unfortunately, sometimes I think we tend to "jump on the band wagon" of the latest and greatest and expect it to be a ... more
        • Researched Based Instruction - haleyferrell, Fri Sep 18 22:32
          I have been an EC teacher for 4 years now but my background is in general education. I have used a handful of researched based programs and they are all different and cater to a variety of students... more
        • Agree!! - megangouge, Mon Sep 14 17:11
          I agree with your statement about jumping on the band wagon! I know I am guilty for doing it myself. After being in the Curriculum and Assessment course and working with IRIs currently, and already... more
        • Beginning Reading Theory - Regina, Wed Sep 9 17:04
          That is very true especially when we spend a great deal of time doing TRC and Dibels assessments. After assessing, we need to fix the child's reading problem although we are not certain what the real ... more
          • BRI Assessment - Melanie McLeod, Wed Sep 9 20:54
            Regina: I totally agree with you. The Beginning Reading Inventory has given me much more insight into my student's strengths and weaknesses. Also, it's a very quick, efficient way to level my... more
            • Re: BRI Assessment - Candi, Wed Sep 16 16:06
              So we all agree that ERSI and IRI's can provide us with strengths and weaknesses for students so we are able to target specific skills to help students. I don't understand why dibels and TRC can't... more
        • Re: Beginning Reading Theory - brittanyavery, Wed Sep 9 13:08
          That was Brittany...forgot to login again!
    • Re: Beginning Reading Theory - brittanyavery, Mon Sep 7 17:10
      All of this information on beginning reading made me realize how much I enjoyed and miss teaching in lower grades, however, I am still seeing "beginning readers" in my third grade class. Seeing the... more
      • Model - megangouge, Mon Sep 14 19:04
        This is my eighth year of teaching. My first three years were in a K/1 combo class, which looking back I loved and miss. The next 4 were in a straight first. This year is my first year being able to... more
        • Model - Martha Brown, Tue Sep 15 22:24
          Please tell me about the LEA stories and how this works. Also what is the correct way to hold the LEA journal. This is something I am not familiar with and would appreciate knowing more about.
          • LEA - megangouge, Wed Sep 16 07:44
            LEA is language experience approach or language experience strategy. This is where you create a story as a class or group based upon an experience. The students help to write the story on a topic or... more
            • Re: LEA - candithompson, Tue Sep 22 10:43
              This post reminded me to create a LEA with my class. After our field trip to the fair, we wrote one whole group. It is amazing how much you can integrate with this approach. I also added the writing... more
    • Beg. Rdg Discussion - joanne abrams, Mon Sep 7 10:07
      • Beginning Reading Model - Martha Brown, Sat Sep 12 00:05
        The bubble visual is very helpful and gives a great picture of the Beginning Reading Model process. With working with younger children, I continue to see the importance of reading in the home with... more
        • Beginning Reading Model - walshjm2, Sun Sep 20 21:17
          The importance of being read to is so significant in building a foundational success in reading. It is proven time and time again the effects of being-read-to are very obvious when a child begins... more
        • Re: Beginning Reading Model - Amanda, Sun Sep 13 14:11
          I remember the first class we had with Dr. Morris and he stressed the importance of reading at home. I already knew this but it has made me more cognizant of the students I have. I am amazed just... more
          • BRModel - joanne abrams, Mon Sep 14 17:13
            I have several this year that seem to fit that same description. I am amazed that some students that are english only speakers, ask me things like...what's a building, or other words that I would... more
          • Beginning Reading Model - Martha Brown, Sun Sep 13 23:02
            Some situations I have worked with in past years have really opened my eyes to attitudes from home in regard to reading. I heard one parent voice that teaching her child to read was the... more
            • Re: Beginning Reading Model - byrdaw, Sat Sep 19 15:31
              After learning about the quantity of vocabulary knowledge that students who are read to in comparison to those who are not read to or not read to daily have at the beginning of kindergarten, it... more
              • Beginning Reading Model - Martha Brown, Sun Sep 20 23:39
                It is so important that we encourage all parents to spend time reading to their children. If they can only realize the impact this can have for their child and their future education it makes such a... more
              • Re:Beg Rdg. Model - abramsjm, Sun Sep 20 11:23
                I found your comment about daily reading very interesting Adel, and so very true! My son was diagnosed with a reading disability in 2nd grade, but I have always tried to continue reading with and to... more
            • Re: Beginning Reading Model - Amanda, Sun Sep 13 23:13
              I agree and it is so sad. It makes me really understand why we need to send homework that is on the child's independent level. With not only English language learn ears but with English only learners ... more
      • Concept of word - shannonsilver, Wed Sep 9 21:04
        I am teaching a first grade girl who is EC and she is having a difficult time developing concept of word so that she can move farther on the continuum. Other than writing a sentence on sentence... more
        • Re: Concept of word - Candi, Thu Sep 17 07:34
          One idea that Loretta gave me a couple years ago is to use colored popsicle sticks to represent the sentence. For example, if she wants to make the sentence, I have two dogs. You would have her use... more
        • Re: Concept of word - brittanyavery, Fri Sep 11 07:43
          I know this may sound very obvious, but simply modeling and practicing (over and over) finger tracking/ pointing helped a student who I had last year who was also EC and had the same difficulty... more
          • Re: Concept of Word - Martha Brown, Tue Sep 15 22:18
            The finger pointing is also beneficial to the younger children. As teachers read books to the pre-school children, it is helpful to point to the words as they are read. A lot of times, even though... more
          • Re: Concept of word - byrdaw, Mon Sep 14 18:42
            As an EC teacher, I love the idea of this practice. I model this as I read aloud to my middle schoolers and ask that they do the same. I also have my students tracking as other students read aloud as ... more
        • Concept of word - joanne abrams, Thu Sep 10 17:11
          One idea may be to use a cardboard strip half the size of a ruler and cut out a small window big enough for a word to fit in it. As she slides it along the sentence, she will notice the white spaces... more
          • Concept of Word - walshjm2, Sat Sep 12 22:01
            Joanne, I like your idea about using a cardboard strip to aid in gaining a concept-of-word. This seems like it could be a good option for teaching concept of word to children who are struggling with... more
            • Concept of word - joanne abrams, Sun Sep 13 11:25
              It has been a useful tool for my students...I believe that some Teacher Stores carry a better than home-made version of the cardboard strip that has a colored piece of cellophane in the window. But... more
      • All-in-One Beginning Reading Apps - Melanie McLeod, Mon Sep 7 10:29
        Hi, Joanne: I am wondering, too, if there is a specific app/apps that combine all or most of the aspects of this reading model so that we do not have to look everywhere for apps to piece together for ... more
        • Word Wizard - shannonsilver, Wed Sep 9 21:08
          Tommie showed me a great app that helps with letter sounds, onset and rime, phonemic segmentation and more. I bet you could use it in a small group of students. It's something that you would have to... more
          • Re: Word Wizard - candithompson, Tue Sep 22 10:51
            Thanks for the new app! We need to work on a list of apps for our county. Maybe we have it already and I do not know about it.
          • What's the app name? - Melanie McLeod , Wed Sep 9 21:41
            What is the name of the app?
            • APP - shannonsilver, Thu Sep 10 16:00
              Word Wizard
        • apps - joanne abrams, Mon Sep 7 11:20
          Melanie, My Ipad is at school but if my memory serves me correctly some of them include...Little Speller and Little Reader 1,2 and 3, Sight Words for Kids, Raz Kidz,and Reading Magic are just a few... more
          • Apps - Martha Brown, Sun Sep 13 23:10
            Thank you for sharing some of the ones you like. Are you aware of or have any suggestions for the pre-school age children?
            • apps - joanne abrams, Mon Sep 14 17:08
              Martha, I usually search the free apps and that way if I don't like them I havent't lost anything...if I do I buy them. There are tons to try...just go to the App store app. Hope that helps in some... more
    • Beginning Reading Model - Melanie McLeod, Sun Sep 6 21:06
      I teach 1st grade, and most of my students are reading at the preprimer and primer levels. However, I have been able to watch the beginning reading progression with my strategic intervention... more
      • Spacing during writing - shannonsilver, Wed Sep 9 20:55
        Just off the top of my head, I saw a teacher who was writing in front of her students and she was using a clothes pin that was decorated like a person and she would put the clothes pin after the last ... more
        • Popsicle sticks - megangouge, Tue Sep 15 07:42
          I have also used the popsicle sticks and it really seems to work with my students. They have something to help them "hold" on to how many words in the sentence. I would love to know more about the... more
          • Skype - shannonsilver, Tue Sep 15 12:36
            I posted a picture on skype. They are called "Spacemen" and you can get them from reallygoodstuff.com.
      • Re: Beginning Reading Model - brittanyavery, Mon Sep 7 16:25
        Melanie, I also used the popsicle stick method with my first graders last year. This seemed to work well, and what I noticed was that students automatically quit using them when they knew they no... more
      • Beginning reading - joanne abrams, Mon Sep 7 10:24
        Melanie, I too have felt frustrated in the past by students not being able to discriminate between words after many practices in their readers and other lessons. One of the things that I have found... more
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