This simple game is always popular. I like it because you can play it with any deck of cards. It's great for pattern word card decks (digraph review, silent e, consonant le. . . ) but can be played with sight words as well. I play two ways. If I'm teaching at a location that… Continue reading Happy Face and Sad Face Game
Textured letter cards are a staple in many preschool and kindergarten classrooms. They can be used in many ways to add a multisensory aspect to instructions. I have a 30 year old homemade set that I'm still using. One of my very favorite ways to use them is to do rubbings. This is… Continue reading Sand paper letter rubbings
This is a simple activity to use during lessons when working on spelling options. I put down cards with the two or three spelling options ( for example oi/oy, ay/ai, tion/sion ). I often have these cards because I use them as headings for word sorts. You will also need a stack of word cards that contain… Continue reading Spelling Option Activity
Teaching schwa is always a challenge. The 'lazy" vowel sound is first encountered in two syllable closed syllable words. Most of my students have no problem learning to read words like wagon, salad or melon. Spelling is another story! We practice lots and make it through. The real work with schwa come with open syllables.… Continue reading Schwa: A Few Favorite Resources
I had a conversation with a student the other day. It was very similar to one I've had many times with many students over the years. "Today we are going to be working on dividing words into syllables. Do you know what a syllable is?" "It's when you clap while saying a word." "Can you… Continue reading Syllable Segmenting and Blending
I usually avoid fly swatter games in my small groups. I know they are popular but they can get crazy and someone often gets swatted by accident. I dislike ending my classes with a student in tears! However, this game works pretty well. I have two versions depending on the group of kiddos I'm working… Continue reading Digraph Swat!
Fill a Few Extra Minutes I like to use this activity in small groups when I need something to fill a few extra minutes. It requires no extra materials and if the word list is already in my folder, I'm ready to go! I write sets of four words on the whiteboard and invite a… Continue reading Find The Nonsense Word