Sunday, July 31, 2011
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Friday, July 29, 2011
- 1Have children look for pictures based on the letter sound they begin with. Ask them to look through magazines and cut out images that begin with specified letters. Have them create a collage for the specified letter. For instance, have them cut out pictures of items that begin with the letter M and glue them onto a piece of construction paper for an M collage.
- 2Provide students with dry-erase boards and dry-erase markers. Say a word and have them write the letter the word starts with or ends with on the dry-erase board.
- 3Practice rimes or word families with children. State a rime or word family --- ake, for example --- and have students create different words by adding different onsets, or beginning sounds. Knowing one rime can lead to the ability to read several different words.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Smartfirstgraders.com has an excellent article on first grade reading. Below is Phonics: Picking the Words Apart
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Smartfirstgraders.com has an excellent article on first grade reading. Below is
First Grade Reading: What Do Kids
Need to Know?
In first grade, reading is huge. Kids are starting to notice written words everywhere, and may drive parents crazy by reading anything and everything out loud. They sense (rightly) that reading is important and powerful, and learning to break that code is heady stuff.
Reading is complex and multi-layered, but luckily it can be broken down into separate skills that kids can practice. Looking separately at different areas of reading can help us see what kids are struggling with and find the most appropriate activities and learning games to help them improve. Here are some areas to address when teaching reading:
Phonics: Picking the Words Apart
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Below is part 2 from an article on first grade reading from ehow.com.
- The number one function of first grade reading programs should be to build a solid reading foundation for young readers. Any reading program for first graders should be in place to help support the current reading curriculum and to be a successful technique to teach English language reading.
- First graders are learning the basics of reading, which is why it is vital to have first grade reading programs in schools. First graders should be on a certain level when it comes to reading, and according to Reading Rockets, should include: 1) being able to read and retell familiar stories, 2) identify words by sight, 3) orally read with reasonable fluency and 4) attempt to use punctuation and capitalization. Reading programs significantly help first graders reach this level of learning so that they are ready to move on when the time comes.
- There are many types of first grade reading programs available at schools or that can be implemented if not currently used. Independent reading, where students read quietly by themselves and at their own pace is one type. Another type is a read-aloud program where teachers use read-aloud methods for reading materials that are too advanced for students to read themselves. Other types of first grade reading programs include guided reading (for small groups) and shared reading, where students follow along when a teacher is reading aloud.
Monday, July 25, 2011
- First grade reading programs feature a variety of curriculum resources to help boost children's vocabulary and language as well as create an understanding of the lesson. An effective reading program should feature five critical areas of learning, according to the National Reading Panel Report. These five areas of learning include 1) phonemic awareness, 2) phonics, 3) fluency, 4) vocabulary and 5) comprehension.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
1. Amient Racket: Studies show that back-ground noise, say from a TV droning in another room, stimulates the release of the stress hormone cortisol. If you can't quiet the clamor, try to distance yourself.
2. Wordrobe Woes: Itchy sweaters, too-tight hosiery pumps that pinch can all cause stress. An uncomfortable ensemble can leave you on edge all day. So when choosing an outfit, don't focus on how it looks until you consider how it feels. Not comfy? Slip on something else.
3. Chronic Clutter: It's not how much stuff you have; it's how you store it. Stress sets in when objects are hard to find or appear disorderly. Two quick moves that help: Clear tabletops and pick up loose objects from the floor.
4. "Urgent" E-Mail: E-mails cause more stress for women than men because women feel greater pressure to respond immediately. So try turning off your e-mail alerts, and check your in-box when the timing is right for you.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Reading and writing go together like peanut butter and jelly. But for kindergarten kids, working on "writing" often means working on art. “Drawing is writing in its earliest form," Daniel says. "If you ask a child what his paper ‘says,’ he’ll tell you all about it." Children express their ideas through drawings long before they're able to express their ideas through words. Even if the only "words" kids can write are scribbles and lines, it's important to remember the goal: for a child to know that they can express themselves on paper. As they develop, Daniel says, children will begin to try their hand at letters and words. “When a child begins inventive writing, there’s no need to correct it. It’s important for the child to express himself, and have adults ‘ooh and ah’ over it,” she says.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
You talk to your child all day long, but setting aside a set amount of time each day to talk in a special way can have a big impact on reading readiness. According to Daniel, “Young children need ‘Ear Time:’ a time when an adult the child cares about is listening intently to them and responding with questions.” Everybody is busy, and often when we talk with our kids, we're only half listening.
To get maximum reading benefit, set a kitchen timer at a specific time each day and tell your child that until it rings, you're going to focus solely on him. If the phone rings, ignore it. Let the laundry sit until later. Start a conversation, listen to what your child says, and ask questions. Ear Time not only builds self-esteem, it helps prepare children's brains for maximum intake, Daniel says. One-on-one conversations with your child teach them how to hold a back-and-forth dialogue, and build their vocabulary at the same time. And studies show that one of the key predictors of reading success in young children is their vocabulary.
Want to help your child stretch his word bank? Quit dumbing down what you say for his benefit. “It’s important for parents to use grown-up vocabulary when talking to their kids," Daniel says. "They’ll be able to understand you by reading your non-verbal cues, listening to your expression and tone, and by the context of the situation. This will build your child’s vocabulary, and help him understand the nuances of language.”
For example, if your child is diving into a big slice of chocolate cake, instead of saying, “Mmm, yummy,” try rubbing your tummy and saying, “That cake looks delectable!” The excitement in your eyes and your other non-verbal cues will ensure that your child understands you. Sprinkling “Ear Time” in with your more casual conversations can prove to be a huge factor in your child’s reading success.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
If you're the parent of a child under six, you've probably been told over and over again how important it is to read to your child. And while the advice can start to sound like a broken record, it can't be emphasized enough. According to the National Commission on Reading, reading aloud to kids is the single most important thing you can do in terms of making sure they develop literacy. Research shows that reading aloud to children promotes their development of language, vocabulary, even motor skills (as they learn to turn pages). Kids who are read to consistently from an early age don't only learn to read more easily, but they also show better language scores long after kindergarten is a distant memory-- years later in upper elementary school.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
That said, there are some very practical and easy things you can do at home to pave the road to reading. And it's never too early to start! Jerlean Daniel, Deputy Executive Director at the National Association for the Education of Young Children says that the process of raising a great reader starts well before kindergarten. But as kindergarten approaches, it's important to ramp things up. Where to begin? According to Daniel, there are three major things that prepare children to read: reading aloud to them, engaging them in one-on-one conversations, and giving them lots of opportunities to write. Read on tomorrow to find out why these components are so vital and how to incorporate them into your child's day.
Monday, July 18, 2011
- Short vowels: When there is a single vowel in a short word or syllable, the vowel usually makes a short sound. Short vowels usually appear at the beginning of the word or between two consonants. Examples of short vowels are found in the words: cat, pig, bus.
- Long vowel:
- Consonant blends: When two or three consonants are blended together, each consonant sound should be heard in the blend. Some examples of consonant blends are: black, grab, stop.
- Consonant digraphs: A combination of two consonants sounds that together represent a new sound. Examples of consonant digraphs are: shop, chin, photo.
- R-controlled vowels: When a vowel is followed by the letter "r," the vowel does not make the long or short sound but is considered "r-controlled." Examples are: bird, corn, nurse.
- Vowel diphthongs: The term "vowel diphthong" refers to the blending of two vowels sounds – both vowel sounds are usually heard and they make a gliding sound. Examples include: moon, saw, mouth.
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Sunday, July 17, 2011
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Friday, July 15, 2011
21. Is your linen closet overflowing? Pare down your stock to three towels and washcloths per person, two sets of sheets per bed, plus a set of each for guest. Voila! A roomier linen closet. Laura Wittmann, author of Clutter Rehab
22. Procrastination breeds clutter. Institute a do-it-now policy for a few highly visible everyday tasks, like loading the dishwasher or folding and putting away a load of laundry before starting another. Aby Garvey, simplify101.com
23. Designate a separate, labeled bag for each regularly scheduled activity, lesson, or sport on your family calendar. Pack the bags with the necessary gear, and hang them on hooks in a handy spot. Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch, author of Pretty Neat: Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection
24. If toy are overrunning your house, quietly tuck a few of them away in a box. If kids ask for a specific item, retrieve it. After a month, donate what's left in the box. Scott Roewer, professional organizer
25. Attics, basements, and garages tend to harbor lots of items you haven't seen or used in a while, which also makes them prime candidates for purging. Clear them first so when you tackle your living areas, you'll have storage space waiting. Debbie Lillard, author of Absolutely Organized
I truly hope these suggestions for organizing will help make the 2011-2012 school year GREAT for you and your child. So, read over all 25 tips and get started.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
16. If you're having trouble letting go of clutter, whether it's too many things in your house or too many commitments eating up your time, think about what it requires you to sacrifice. Less stuff means less to organize and less money spent. Fewer activities means less running around and more family time. Laura Wittmann, author of Clutter Rehab
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
6. Create a repair center for clothes that need mending, toys that need batteries, things that need gluing. That way, unusable items aren't in general circulation, and you know where to look when you have time to tackle a project. Julie Morgenstern
7. Relegating a sentimental item you no longer have use for to a box in the closet, basement, or attic does nothing to honor it. Instead, take a photo of the item and put it in a scrapbook or load it on your digital picture frame. Then donate the item. It's both space saving and respectful. Scott Roewer, professional organizer
8. Each spring and fall, do CPR on your closet: Categorize, Purge, and Rearrange. Carefully consider each item. If it doesn't make you feel wonderful or look fabulous, it's a no. Put it in the "to donate" box, and put that box in your car right away. Debbie Lillard, author of Absolutely Organized
9. A tighter focus for your to-do list clears mental clutter. Include only your three most important tasks, and don't let less important busywork distract you. If you complete everything on you list, great. If not, at least you'll know you sent time on the highest-priority task. Meredith Schwartz, penelopeloveslists.com
10. I spend a few minutes every night before bed restoring order to my purse. I remove all trash, return floating change to my wallet, and replenish tissues and business cards. It makes me feel ready to start the day. Claire Kurtz, the wellorganizedwoman.com
Monday, July 11, 2011
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
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Monday, July 4, 2011
Second grade is a pivotal year in reading. Once the basics are underway, students come back to a large quantity of new skills that build on what they learned the previous year and prepare them for the middle grades. Although states' expectations vary, some consensus has emerged in the form of the 2010 Common Core State Standards.
Text Structure and Author's Craft
- Second-grade students begin to learn about the different purposes and structures reading material can have. They look at whether an author is entertaining or informing and discover that stories have a beginning, middle and ending. They use features like headings, boldface words and the index to find information. (They often begin to learn computer conventions as well--if they don't already know them.) They look at the patterns in poems and rhymes.
Connecting Information from Different Sources
- Students in grade two are expected to use both text and illustrations to help them understand what they read. They should be able to interpret simple diagrams and the like. They also look at how information in a text supports other information (how details support main ideas and how reasons support statements an author makes). They begin to make comparisons between texts, such as similar stories or nonfiction readings on the same topic.
By the end of second grade, students will be reading stories, poems and nonfiction text, approaching a third-grade reading level (determined by content, structure and language), with support on the more difficult texts.
HAPPY JULY 4TH
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