Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Counting Syllables and Spelling Longer Words

My latest distraction!  Her name is Coco Chanel.  I am so in LOVE with her!  She does make working a bit difficult.  I don't know how you people with babies keep up with life!

 Anyway... This week during my small groups I pulled out my Spelling Through Phonics book and used their system for spelling words with two or more syllables.  I use this book ALL the time, but I've only ever used the lessons for teaching students to learn the letters and spell one syllable words.  The system in this book is fantastic for teach students to spell.  You can get the book on Amazon and it's no longer costing a gazillian dollars.  But, here's how the syllable lesson goes.

1. Tell the students the word and have them say the word back.
2. Have students clap and count the syllables.
3. Have students draw a line for each syllable.
4. Students touch each line and say the corresponding syllable.
5. Stretch the first syllable, write the sounds on the 1st line.
6. Stretch out the second syllable, write the sounds on the 2nd line.
7. Write the whole word underneath.

I hope that made sense!  Here are some pictures that will help.  The kids were so proud of themselves!

Hope you found something useful. Thanks for stopping by! 

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sometimes I Blog in my Head!

It's true!  I new exactly what I wanted to write on Monday, but then one of my little darlings projectile vomitted on....me!  I was almost able to jump out of the way but my assistant was coming up from behind and when she saw me flying backwards her instinct was to save me from falling and she ended up PUSHING me right into the stream of ...it!  She SAID she didn't see the vomit.  Hmmmmm.  That night I came straight home, showered and had a glass of mommy juice.  I was never able to remove myself from my cozy little recliner.

It's always something! We've been having a lot of fun in my little world though! We've been working on All About Posters!  I love this little guys "All About What Does the Fox Say"!

Last week we studied Penguins using Tara West's Penguins Close Read, she has it as a TPT freebie and it really helped me start to learn about Close Reading.  I did have trouble teaching the vocabulary page.  I'm sure I presented it all wrong, but it was kind of an epic failure.  I didn't give up though.  I came back strong the next day and gave partner's words from the story to draw or write about.  Then they shared their word with the class.  Maybe it was a better day for me, but they came out really well! Here are a few of them.
"marine mammals are like a whale, marine mammals eat penguins"

I'm not sure if all of these penguins are going to make it :(

(these friends told me that they knew penguins weren't blue but they wanted to make them pretty)

One of my little guys took charge of this one.  He had to partners but convinced them that they should only do the coloring ;)

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