We are moving right along in our Orton Gillingham program. Today we worked with the blending board to read real and nonsense words. We have so many letters to work with now! We are reading mostly three letter words during this time, but some four letter words when we use ch in the word. We say each sound then blend them together to read the word. The children give a thumbs up if it is a real word, and a thumbs down if it is a nonsense word. We also worked with a new red word. We worked with the word big. We wrote the word several times on our house paper, trying hard to be sure our letters are in the right place. The b is in the downstairs and upstairs, the i is downstairs, and the g is in the downstairs and the monkey tail hangs down into the basement. That's tricky for some of the children, but we will continue to work on that!
In Benchmark, we read a poem and identified rhyming words, and worked with text importance. We identified the important parts of the poem about growing plants in a garden. Understanding the most important parts in a text is still tricky for kindergarteners, but we will continue to work with that throughout the year. We also worked with an important vocabulary word to use when talking and writing about plants. We talked about the word sprout. We studied some photographs that showed what a sprout is, and talked about how the word can be a verb or a noun. Ask me to show you my Doodle Notebook. You will see that I doodled b's and drew pictures of a bean sprouting.
I showed the children a short video of a time lapse of a mung bean seed sprouting. The children really enjoyed watching this video. I'll include it below!
Have a nice evening!