Working on Our Reading Fluency Over the last few weeks, we've been working really hard on learning word families! We do this orally, by listening to chunks in words. My students have been coming up with words in the "at" family, and we sing our word family song. Preschool Themes - 170 Early Childhood Education Themes Dear Friends: Welcome to the largest selection of early childhood education themes on the internet. We would like to encourage you to build on these ideas and to create new ones. Once you have created new ideas share them with others by submitting them on the comment box that is located at the bottom of ever page. After all this site wouldn't exist without the great submisssions from prek teachers and parents like you. Kid Printables - free printable fun for kids
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Reading Aloud to Build Comprehension Once upon a time, there was a grownup, a child, and a very good book. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is a beloved children's bedtime story. Young children instantly relate to the struggle of the little bunny trying to get to sleep. Such stories are memorable because they move children and allow them to make personal connections that inspire them to think more deeply, to feel more wholeheartedly, and to become more curious listeners. Many of us can remember from our own experience the precious time spent sharing and talking about stories.
Busy Bee Kids Crafts: Fun and Easy Crafts for Kids Teaching Vocabulary Vocabulary is the knowledge of words and word meanings. As Steven Stahl (2005) puts it, "Vocabulary knowledge is knowledge; the knowledge of a word not only implies a definition, but also implies how that word fits into the world." Vocabulary knowledge is not something that can ever be fully mastered; it is something that expands and deepens over the course of a lifetime. Instruction in vocabulary involves far more than looking up words in a dictionary and using the words in a sentence. First-School Preschool Activities and Crafts
Fluency: Instructional Guidelines and Student Activities Guidelines for instruction Provide children with opportunities to read and reread a range of stories and informational texts by reading on their own, partner reading, or choral reading.Introduce new or difficult words to children, and provide practice reading these words before they read on their own.Include opportunities for children to hear a range of texts read fluently and with expression.Suggest ideas for building home-school connections that encourage families to become involved actively in children's reading development.Encourage periodic timing of children's oral reading and recording of information about individual children's reading rate and accuracy.Model fluent reading, then have students reread the text on their own. What students should read Fluency develops as a result of many opportunities to practice reading with a high degree of success.
StoryJumper: publish your own children's book. How Now Brown Cow: Phoneme Awareness Activities Research indicates a strong relationship between early phoneme awareness and later reading success, and it links some reading failure to insufficiently developed phoneme awareness skills. Intervention research clearly demonstrates the benefits of explicitly teaching phoneme awareness skills. Many children at risk for reading failure are in general education classrooms where phoneme awareness training is not part of their reading program. This article presents a set of developmental phoneme awareness training activities that the special educator can integrate collaboratively into existing kindergarten and first-grade reading programs. Syllable Games Marker activity This activity, from our article How Now Brown Cow: Phoneme Awareness Activities is an example of how to teach students to use a marker (i.e., token) to count syllables. The marker activity often used for word counting can be adapted for use in counting syllables. Teachers can provide each child with tokens and two or three horizontally connected boxes drawn on a sheet of paper.
Blending and Segmenting Games Blending Guess-the-word game This activity, from our article Phonological Awareness: Instructional and Assessment Guidelines, is an example of how to teach students to blend and identify a word that is stretched out into its basic sound elements. Objective: Students will be able to blend and identify a word that is stretched out into its component sounds. Materials needed: Picture cards of objects that students are likely to recognize such as: sun, bell, fan, flag, snake, tree, book, cup, clock, plane