Preschool Activities Advertisement. EnchantedLearning.com is a user-supported site. As a bonus, site members have access to a banner-ad-free version of the site, with print-friendly pages.Click here to learn more. (Already a member? Click here.) 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. This past week, we've used our knowledge of word families to help with our reading fluency! One of the most important skills for beginning readers to attain is fluency in reading. Fluency means the ability to read text quickly and accurately.
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. 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.
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
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.
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. 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.