Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Forward with a Freebie

Spring Break is Here

Spring break has begun for me, so I'd like to celebrate by offering you a free fun game.  If you're looking for a way to reinforce identification of consonants, and word families, then this freebie is for you.  

With this game, your students combine consonants with a word family to create words.  Write the words the students make on a chart and have them make sentences to focus on expressive language.



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fun With Vocabulary

Vocabulary Word Sort

Develop your students' higher order thinking skills by using word sorts with your small groups.  A vocabulary word sort is assembled into categories and students place each word with its association or common features. The students also have an opportunity to tell why the word belongs there.

Take a look at some vocabulary word sort activities I created.  Print it out and use it with your students.



Monday, March 18, 2013

Building Oral Language

Building Oral Language
  Building oral language is a central component with developing reading and writing skills in children.  Research in this area has indicated that there is a strong correlation with oral language, reading, writing and also thinking.
  Let’s take a look at four areas that make up oral language and a very simple description for each:
·         Phonological Development:   This includes identifying, locating and manipulating sounds.  The structure of sounds include: syllables, onsets and rimes and phonemes.
·         Semantics:  The meaning or relationship of meanings of a sign/symbol or words.
·         Syntax:  Function and grammar of language/words.
·         Pragmatics:  The social language that involves learning rules of acceptable behavior and interaction with others.
Reading, writing and thinking require all four areas.  Therefore, the development of oral language skills is crucial to work on during all grade levels.
Activities that enhance oral language development
During the early school years there are many activities that can promote oral language.  These are just a few of many.
·         Songs
·         Games
·         Dramatization of Poetry
·         Show and Tell
·         Riddles and Jokes
To get you started with developing oral language skills in children, click on the link and grab a free game.  It’s useful and loads of fun!

Stay tuned for a new unit on oral language that I will be adding to my TpT store.  It'll be out by the end of the week!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I Have, Who Has?


I was going to post this on Friday, but for the next couple of days, I'll be quite a busy bee.  So I'll share this today.

I created "I have, who has" cards with first grade sight words and a spring theme.  Your students can practice saying a sentence, asking a question, waiting their turn and practice identifying and reading sight words all at the same time.  Just cut out the cards, give it out to your students and have a great time playing this game.


I hope you have fun with these!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Listening is Fundamental

Hi All,

     It's been a little while since my last post.  It gets really busy during this time of year for me.  For this post I'd like to focus on listening skills.

      Developing listening skills in early childhood is very important.  Listening is a skill needed to acquire language and reading skills.  For some children, listening becomes a bit challenging when they enter school.  Think about your early years in school.  How many directions did your teacher give throughout the day?

       Listening is vital to help with gaining new information and also improving interpersonal relationships with others.  To help your child with increasing listening skills you can do very simple tasks with them.

1. Play a directions game- Hide some toys around the house and describe where the toys are located. Make sure to tell your child to "Listen Carefully",

2.  Read rhymes to your child.  Ask your child to say a word that rhymes with another.

3.  Make noise-  Tell your child to close their eyes.  Pick up objects with familiar sounds and make the sound with the object.  Have your child guess the object that corresponds with the child.

Click here for a free listening activity

Click here for a listening activity at my TpT store

      Listening is a fundamental skill that lasts for a lifetime.

Have fun learning,