Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snowy Day Writing

I can't wait for this super snowy winter to be over!!

However, today, before we were dismissed early due to snow, I braved getting out the shaving cream! We practiced writing ending sounds, sight words, real words, and nonsense words in the "snow." 

Clean up is not so bad either. 

To teach reading a word, real or nonsense, we use this basic method:

1. Sound it.    
Say the sound of each letter or digraph or chunk as you point to it.

2. Sing it.       
Blend the sounds together using a sing-song voice as you track the letters.

3. Say it.        
Read the word as you run your finger under it quickly.

When writing a word, we sort of go backwards. Say the word. Then say the word s-l-o-w-l-y like you are stretching a piece of bubble gum out of your mouth or like "Stretchy Snake." Then try to identify each sound you said.

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