We started again with practicing our names with correct formation. I am starting to see this transfer over to our regular papers, but some of them are still resistant to change.
Today we read a new book - a Level 1 book called Things I See. I chose this book because I wanted to focus in on the word see. It is one of our spelling words this week and it is one of the first sight words I like to teach because I usually teach them to write I see sentences first.
We did our picture walk and I planted the vocabulary for them and then I had them read with their whisper phones. I love the whisper phones! I am able to listen in to see if they have grasped the patterns but they don't disturb each other while they are reading.
This group is working on pointing one - to - one, so I pulled out my "old lady fingers" to give them something fun to point with. (They are witch fingers, but I don't like to say that just in case someone doesn't believe in it. These came from Oriental Trading, but now is a great time to get them anywhere.)
Last week I mentioned sight word practice after we finish reading and retelling. As I mentioned before, our sight word was "see" in this story. I gave them their letters and asked them if they knew what word we could make with those letters. They got busy making their word.
Then they write the word on a white board. I got these lined strips in the Target Dollar Spot this summer. The pack had 4 for a dollar. The lines are a little small, so I'm not focused on how the letters are on the lines just yet, but they are a lot smaller and less cumbersome than a regular dry erase board. I actually just ordered some dry erase circles to stick to the table.
After we finish our sight word, we write a sentence. This was our first time with any interactive writing. I chose a sentence similar to our book - "I see a bug." Our book actually said "I see the bug." but I only wanted to focus on one sight word.
When we finish writing the sentence, we cut it up and put it back together. Then they read it to me.
I have every student in the group do this. Then I put it in an envelope and write the sentence on the front. I let someone from the group take the sentence home to show their families how to put it back together and read it. I promised them someone different could take it the next time. I typically do this twice a week and on the other 2 days we will do some independent writing. I'll post more on that later.
I hope these ideas are helpful to you! Please don't hesitate to ask a question if you have one!