Saturday, September 22, 2012

Practice Makes Perfect

Let's get creative with the ways to master sight words.  Having fun and changing the way you approach the process will make a real difference for children who are learning them.  Give it a try so that reading fluency and good comprehension skills are the happy result!

FLASHCARDS for Tricky Sight Words

There are 38 high frequency words that kids simply cannot decode (or sound out)  They must be learned by sight.  Click below to access flashcards that will help youngsters begin to master them.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Adults: Facebook/Twitter "Know-How"

These guides helpful; I'm eager to share them with the professionals and families I serve.  Digital citizenship is a part of educating our young people.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Reading Fun at PBS? Yes!

Between the Lions

“The Quiet Machine”
Matching letters to pictures
*beginning sounds
Phonemic awareness
Coloring Pages
Reading and writing
*beginning reader activity
“The Messy Attic”
Picture identification
*listen, then follow directions
Pre- reading skill
“Arty’s Smarty Doors”
*rhyming words
Pre-reading skill
“Dub Cubs”
Rhyming words
*word families
Reading skill
*words with opposite meanings
Reading skill
“Sky Writing”
Letter recognition
*varying styles of the same letter
Reading skill
“Monkey Match”
*letters, sounds, rhymes
Reading skill
“Theo’s Puzzles”
Letter recognition
*consonant puzzles
Puzzles & a video
“Trampolini Game”
Word meanings
*inflectional endings ‘er, ‘est
Reading skill

“Blending Bowl”
Match blends
with endings
*-ack, -an, -ap, -ar, -est, -ick,
-ig, -ip, -it, -ock, -op, -up, -uck
matched up with beginning blends
good for partners
Sam’s Lab”
*this game is self-checking
good for partners
identify missing letters

Pre-reading skill
unscramble letters
*reader uses given
letters to find a solution

101 riddles
phonemic awareness
*listen and read words with the
same short vowel sound

Five sets words
*listen and read book titles
Hints given
“Fuzzy Lion
phonemic awareness
*letter sounds

Six rounds

“Word Play”

good for partners
*read words and then
 “click” to see the action
25 words:
three sets

“Talking Gizmo”
recognize parts
of a sentence
*readers experiment
with sentences and word order
J good for partners
word matching
*listen, then choose a word
Reading skill
Pre-K through
fifth graders
Kids can listen and read along with stories.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Let's Talk

Keep the conversation going is essential.  Specifically---members of the school community owe it to parents to discuss openly & often any and all concerns they mutually feel are important.  Don't  hesitate to contact Parkside teachers or administrators.  Student success is our business.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The 2012 Global Readaloud

 Books are powerful things & kids deserve knowing they're connected to others. 
 Can you take part in this project?  I hope we'll embrace it at Parkside in October.
 Complete details follow:

Repeated Reading Story for October

Young readers benefit from reading text that's repeated.  One excellent, free printable comes from Kathy Law (below) who blogs on "First Grade Alacarte."   You can also follow her on Pinterest.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

2012-13 DIBELS Next Reading Benchmarks

Parkside pupils are evaluated using goals from the University of Oregon.  There have been recent increases in state and federal standards calling for stronger literacy skills that yield higher-level comprehension processes.  Kindergarten through grade six goals: