Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pajama Day!

It's just too exciting to wear your pajamas to school...but we did it anyway. It was part of our reward for good behavior. Here we are, well, most of us!

Blending is a Phonemic Awareness Skill

When we talk about blending being important for beginning readers we don't necessarily mean the student is looking at a word and blending the sounds. Before a child can do that he should be able to hear the individual sounds (called phonemes) and blend them smoothly together to make a recognizable word. This is a completely auditory activity that doesn't involve print at all.
Below please enjoy the photos of kindergarteners playing a Lotto game. They listened to me stretch a word out s-l-o-w-l-y, and then hunted for a picture on their Lotto board that matched the word I stretched. Each board was custom made by a student the day before with Ms. Patty and a sub, Ms. Jones. 
I'm going to send these boards home and you can play a similar game with them if you like. Make up your own rules and have fun. Perhaps you'd like to reverse roles and have your child do the stretching while you try to find the picture. 
Interestingly enough, this skill of blending and stretching sounds comes in very handy during Writing Workshop. I'm proud of every one of our super duper writers. They've become "professional" recorders of the sounds they hear.

Friday, May 6, 2016

It's Your Day This Sunday

Happy Mother's Day

Check out the Islander or the Ellsworth American. You might find your picture in the paper.

Sunday, May 1, 2016


You're Invited!
Please join us at a Morning Meeting. 
Normally, we'd have you join us at the rug...
But this year, we may offer you a chair.
If you'd like to come, simply send me an e-mail with the date.
First come, first served. Perhaps you could give me two dates, in case the first one is full.
We look forward to seeing you.
We generally begin our meeting at 8:45.