Monday, February 8, 2016

Achhhhooo- It's been that kinda weekend!

Hey Everyone!

Sorry about the delay in posting.  I've been under the weather.  Wednesday night I felt something coming on, and by Friday afternoon I was taking a 1/2 day to head to the doctor.  I can't seem to kick the sniffles and I'm on box 3 of tissues!!!!

Last week we added to our Syllable Type Interactive Notebook.  I noticed that the kids needed an extra dose of closed syllables.  I added a new page where the kids sort syllables into either "closed syllable" or "not a closed syllable."  If you bought the closed syllable section, be sure to redownload the pack so that you can have the new addition.  I plan on adding it tonight.

Today I headed back to second grade to do the next page, two closed syllables together to make multisyllabic words.  I want the kiddos to start to understand that two syllables can come together to make a mutisyllabic word.  The next time I teach them (Wednesday), we will start talking about the Rabbit pattern.  Orton Gillingham uses animals to teach kids how the division patterns.  There are 6. Each animal name fits the pattern it represents.  If the word fits the rabbit pattern, it will have to consonants in between two vowels-- VC/CV.  I tell the kids that we are dividing the word between the consonants, which are the "rabbit's ears."  They catch on quicker that you realize!  I am adding more to the rabbit pattern section of the interactive notebook, and it will be free to redownload if you bought the Closed Syllable Interactive Notebook.  If you are interested in resources to teach the 6 division patterns, I have a set for each pattern (rabbit, tiger, camel, ostrich, turtle, and lion) and also bundled together.  

Here are pictures from today:

In other news, it is almost time for Parade of Readers.  This is a 5 week challenge for our first graders.  It originally began when a teacher from a neighboring city school developed an incentive based program to get their first graders to read and has since spread to other city schools and schools in the county (like us!).  The kids LOVE it.  Last year was my first year to plan it, and let me tell you, its a lot of work.  This year its been much easier to get everything together.  The kick off is February 26th and it runs through April 8th.  The theme is "Oh the Places You'll Go With Reading" and we will be Dr. Seussing it OUT. Here is a sneak peek of the decor- can you tell what it is??  My mom has been helping me, and I know the kiddos are going to LOVE it!!!!