The previous 2 years, I was happy with having kids read simple repetitive sentences by the end of the year. Then Common Core reading expectations came along! Honestly, I was that teacher, the one that said, “No way, To High!” “How will I ever get my little peanuts reading so high?” “That’s just impossible!” “They are not developmentally ready, for such expectation.”
I have actually blogged about my first year trying to teach 5 & 6 years old “how to read” you can read about that experience here (teaching letters and sounds) But something in me kept telling me different. I mean there’s no “research” out there that supports anything along the lines of the idea, theory, or practice that 5 year old’ are developmentally ready to learn how to read and write, right? I’m not sure if it’s even been considered.
Why I know Reading is Possible
Part 1: Block One Foundational Skills: 8:20 to 9:50
This is what they look like in my class right now:
- Center 1: Word Segmenting
d. Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds
(phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.*(This does not include CVCs ending
-Using connecting cubes and picture cards, students read the word, segment & count how many sounds a word has. Using connecting cubes as a tool, they isolate, blend, and read the “phonemes.”
Here is an example of them segmenting words. Worksheet free!
W.3 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell
about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.b. Recognize and name end punctuation.
*At the beginning of the year, this center is all about letter recognition, tracing and making letters (Alphabet play). I scaffold this center through out the year and eventually becomes what it is now. Student’s are encouraged to use sight words in their writing. As they master sight words, they are moved to our word wall for future reference.
- Computers or Ipads: abcmouse.com or any designated assigned app. My favorite assigned apps can be found here. all bout apps.
- I like to use the learning path on abcmouse because I can assign activities and lessons that target skills students’ are struggling with. They are learning all while playing games! I have also blogged about how to set up your teacher account, click here for more information about that: abcmouse.
4. Mrs. Bryant’s table
- This is our small group instruction time. The place I introduce, differentiate, and teach the “new” standard. I like to spiral teach and integrate all the other standards and content that students’ are working on at their independent centers. This is where I give explicit instruction and strategies to meet their personal needs . The place where I watch them closely, have conversations with them, ask them how they feel about their learning. This is also the time where we make close connections, I learn from them and they learn from me, they learn from each other.
Stay Tuned for Part 2: Block 2 Literature Circles: