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Discovery Learning

Discovery learning is an instructional method used to help students to discover new concepts. The teacher does not tell students the phonics rule, but instead help guide them to make connections and to discover the new learning for themselves. This instructional technique is beneficial for long term memory and the ability to apply new concepts. Phonics Discovery Learning  for Pre-K & Kinder Auditory Phonics Discovery Learning Visual Phonics Discovery Learning
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I have made 5 videos that explain 5 important phonics concepts that every teacher must know. #1 The location of a letter in a word predicts its sound. #2 Identifying vowels and consonants helps readers see patterns in words #3 Recognizing Syllables Helps Readers to Decode Words #4 THE SIX SYLLABLE TYPES INFLUENCE THE SOUNDS OF LETTERS #5  ACCENTED SYLLABLES INFLUENCE THE SOUNDS OF LETTERS 

Books in the Classroom

We are getting ready for our district’s new book adoption, so they are clearing out the district’s book room and have given us tons of decodable books. Decodable books offer children an opportunity to practice the phonics knowledge and skills they have learned within a controlled text. Children need to practice what they have been taught, in order to internalize the new learning and to develop reading fluency.  I have 3 uses for these books. Classroom Library Every classroom needs to have an abundance of books to provide a print-rich environment for their students. Students must have access to a variety of books to grow as a reader and as a writer. Here are some ways to organize the books in your classroom. Books Organized by Genre Books Organized by Reading Levels Browsing Box You can use these books to make a browsing box for each student. A browsing box, also known as a book box, is a collection of books which are a sort of personal library for each ind

The Rabbit Rule for Spelling

The infamous Rabbit Rule! At this point in teaching all the phonics reading and spelling rules, you will see kids enjoying learning because reading and spelling is now making sense. There are rules that govern our English reading and spelling and kids are now getting better at discovering, making connections, and applying these rules. The Rabbit Spelling Rule tells us that i n a 2 syllable base word, if you hear 1 medial consonant sound immediately after a short vowel sound, then double the medial consonant, as in rabbit. Here is a video of me modeling the Rabbit Spelling Rule. After teaching the students the Rabbit Rule, you can use this game to practice the Rabbit Rule. The Rabbit Rule for Spelling Game I have also drawn the rabbit onto bulletin board paper and laminated it, so that I could place it on the floor. Once on the floor, the students would hop like a rabbit onto the pieces. For example, if the word they were trying to spell was a two-syllable word they would

FLoSS Spelling Rule

We know how important being able to spell correctly is for a student to express himself through writing and get his ideas across to the reader. Teaching students spelling rules is critical to writing fluency. My goal is to make teaching spelling rules easy and understandable to students so that they can apply it to their own writing. The FLoSS Spelling Rule basically states that in any one syllable base word that has a short vowel sound before final (f) is spelled ff as in sniff, final (l) is spelled ll as in hill, or final (s) is spelled ss as in pass. Even though, there are a few exceptions to this rule, it is extremely important to teach it because it is about 85% correct. It is easier to apply this rule and memorize the 15% that is the exception rather than memorize the spelling for each word. To help you teach the FLoSS Spelling Rule, I have made a video. You can access it here: After teaching the FLoSS Spelling Rule, I have made a FLoSS Spelling Rule Game that you c

The Alphabet

The alphabet is so important. We use the letters to read about the world around us and to write about our ideas. Knowing the names of the letters of the alphabet is the first step to becoming a literate individual. There are so many ways to engage students in learning about the alphabet. Students outline the first letter of their name with colored paper squares. Use a name chart with the students' names in alphabetical order. It is important to review the alphabet daily and make learning the alphabet fun! One way to do this is to use alphabet mat activities. Alphabet Mat Activities Click here to download 22 page Alphabet Mat Activity Book for $4.95.

The Secret Rule: Syllable Division of vccv Words to Make First Vowel Long

In the last post we learned how use the Napkin Rule to teach syllable division of vccv words to make the first vowel short. The Napkin Rule works great for most words, but we also have many words that follow the Secret Rule. The Secret Rule is a syllable division rule that is used to make vccv words have a first vowel that is long. The Secret Rule: Syllable Division of vccv Words to Make First Vowel Long Click here to get free phonics mini-lesson The Secret Rule: Syllable Division of vccv Words to Make First Vowel Long