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Monday, September 19, 2016

Daily Alphabet Practice


Reading an alphabet chart each day will help learners remember the letters of the alphabet! Each day we point to each letter with a squiggly pointer (cheap and easy to make) and say the letter names.
l,  m,  n,  o, p
are emphasized each time!  (These are so hard at the beginning of kindergarten!)

Today I videoed students reading the alphabet and placed it in their Seesaw Learning Journal!  BOY did they pay attention to the video!  Hopefully, each student will now practice at home each night!
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Doing it each day helps build long term memory!

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We also practice saying the letter names as we cross our bodies!   Crossing the mid-line and adding movement also helps send information to long term memory!  Plus it's fun!

In groups, the students marked the alphabet chart with a BINGO dabber after spinning our apple spinner!  They had so much fun!


We will continue to  read the alphabet each day, say the alphabet crossing our bodies, sing Hip Hop Alphabet, and spin the spinner plus dab until all letter names and sounds are learned!

I have all different games to play based on the month of the year!  If students learn the letter names, we will then focus on the sounds!

 

 Hopefully, learning the letter names and sounds will happen quickly!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Language Experience with Scat the Cat


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It is so much fun to watch students retell stories!  We made Scat the Cat Head bands to practice retelling this fun story!  Here is just the "chorus" of this silly story!

You can find the story and the information about this lesson by clicking on the picture below:
 We used water colors to create the pictures to match the colors from the story!  This works so much better than coloring at this time of the year!  The colors blend more easily, and it works the fine muscles in the hand because we used q-tips instead of paint brushes!
Then the students made their own cat pictures using directed drawing!  The turned out so differently and were so creative even though I walked them through the process!



Once again, water colors were used to color the picture!
We used Chatterpix to make the cats talk and shared with parents on Seesaw Online Learning Journal!
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You can check them out on our Seesaw blog!  Click https://blog.seesaw.me/marinesmarvels/ to see the fun things we do in our class!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Language Experience Extreme Teaching!

Making everything connect in kindergarten takes a lot of work and brain power for learners!  We connected a song with movement to a book to a poem to sentences to words to letters!  CRAZY!

We read "The Enormous Watermelon" and worked on Nursery Rhymes because the characters in the story are from Nursery Rhymes!!  We learned about Old Mother Hubbard, Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill, and Wee Willy Winky.  Saying the rhymes was something new for my students! 

We made the anchor chart to the right and spoke about:
  • saying a poem (or singing it hip hop style)...
  • reading a poem...
  • a poem is made of sentences,,,
  • sentences are made of words, spaces, a capital letter, and punctuation,,,
  • words are made of letters.  
  • We need to know that letters have names and sounds.  
  • We  need to know the letter names and sounds so we can read and write!

We completed a matching word sheet with the sentence that we used!  Being able to connect all of these things can be so difficult for Kindergarten students!  Actually, teaching and talking about it makes the information make sense!  It doesn't always happen naturally!
Humpty Dumpty is a favorite when combined with Jack Hartman's  video!  Check out his video!
You can find all of my Language Experience with Humpty Dumpty by clicking on the picture below; there is also a rhyming activity, syllable sort, emergent book, letter/sound hunt, retelling picture, and 3 different writing prompt!  You can teach the phonemic awareness skills with one poem!