Last week, I outlined the phonological awareness skills necessary for children to have a firm foundation for learning phonics (pairing sounds with letters) to begin reading and spelling. Today, I’ll break it down a little further and give you suggestions on how to teach each skill. WORD AND SYLLABLE AWARENESS Begin by saying a short… Continue reading Phonological Awareness – Words and Syllables
Reading is a visual and an auditory tasks. Phonics, a very familiar term, refers to pairing letters and sounds to form words. But, a skill that must be mastered prior to phonics is Phonological Awareness. It is the missing link to many reading difficulties, especially in children who are visual learners or have auditory processing… Continue reading The A B C’s of Learning to Read
I had a few highlights, successes and new discoveries this summer that I would love to share: Pirate themed weeks: A new game called “Pirate Race Game” by Orchard Toys joined my old faithful games “Pop-Up Pirate” and “Pirate Talk” for teaching turn-taking, colors, sorting, problem solving, predicting, matching and memory. Add to that a… Continue reading Musings from the summer
Do you have a little one starting kindergarten in the fall? Research shows that success in kindergarten sets the tone for continued success throughout future years of education. Here are some practical skills that can make your kindergartener a kindergarten-super star: 1: The ability to follow group instructions and physically stay within a group. I… Continue reading Kindergarten, Here I Come!
I made a new discovery this week….water beads! These inexpensive treasures come in a small bag as tiny pebbles. Add a little water, and you have the ultimate sensory experience! I have mine in the sensory bin along with wooden fish to go with my ocean theme for the week. The kids have had… Continue reading Water Beads
I’m revising my list of top toys for indoor summer play to include some new discoveries. Enjoy! Construction Because so many of the kiddos that I see have difficulty with coordination, I like building toys that don’t topple easily. They can build bigger and taller without their masterpiece falling down. I love: Duplo blocks, Bristle… Continue reading Summer Play List – Revised