Joined: 03 Aug 2012
Cyber Book Club
I am sure all of you are getting settled into your classroom routines and are getting to know the little learners in your rooms. Unfortunately, I am taking another year off. I really do miss being in the classroom. When August rolled around I thought how I wish I was setting up my classroom and preparing for the year ahead! Instead we are preparing for the arrival of another little baby in February so I will definitely have my hands full!! It is very, very exciting!!
To keep my passion alive, I thought it would be fun to start a cyber book club with professional books I have. Each week I will share a chapter and we can share our thoughts, ideas and experiences in the discussion section. To kick it off I am starting with A Blueprint for Literary Success by Sandra Iversen. I believe the book is now out of print if you are hoping to get your hands on a copy. It was actually given to me during my first year of teaching. I have a sentimental attachment to it for that very reason and chose it as the first book.
So, let's get started! The first chapter covers many terms related to literacy that I am sure we are all familiar with so I decided to skip over this chapter. So, let's move on to Chapter two:
Beginning with Letter-Sound Recognition
Sandra starts off by talking about all the different ways teachers teach the alphabet and shares what in her opinion is the most effective way: to teach the heavy duty letters (Ss,Mm,Bb, Hh, Tt, Rr, Ff, Cc, Ww, Pp, and Ll) Considering there are 26 letters in the alphabet she is proposing you really only need to teach these letters to most children. In cases where children are not learning the information taught you can address that in small group instruction and case by case basis.
The heavy duty letters are taught first because:
-They don't look like. How confusing to learn Bb and Dd or Mm and Nn closely together.
-These are useful letters and sounds to learn when learning to read and write.
(The heavy duty letters are often the letters that begin the words children are reading in their emergent readers).
In the next section, Sandra gives some solid and trusted ways to teach letters and their corresponding sounds.
-Create a letter book
-Have a large alphabet chart at eye level
-Solve language riddles
-Include the letter you are learning in your morning message or daily news
-Use plastic letters or letter cards to answer riddles
-After reading a big book together, search for letters you are learning
-Incorporate the letter in your shared or interactive writing lessons
-Match initial letters with the pictures
-Play matching games with upper and lower case letters
-Read poems containing heavy duty letters.
She actually provides many poems that I have provided for you here: http://community.educationworld.com/content/heavy-duty-letter-poems
A lot of the ideas Samdra provides for teaching the letters are solid and trusted but I am sure you all have some very creative ways that you have used in your classrooms. I thought we could share our ideas here: http://community.educationworld.com/content/learning-letters-and-their-sounds?gid=NDYzMg==