We had a bumpy morning today! Orton Gillingham took a little longer because we added a new part in, and many children, as well as myself, had internet issues with freezing and one big drop in service. This happened in all the kindergarten classes today, so I am going to blame it on a flash sale or something on Amazon Prime!
We started to encode today in Orton Gillingham. I gave the children a three letter word to tap out and to write. In Orton Gillingham, they have the children tap with their "other hand" and write at the same time. They tap out the sounds in the word with the opposite hand they use to write. They start tapping with their pinky as they do in math for counting. Right now we are just finger tapping three letter words. As we get into longer words with more syllables, we will also be pounding out the syllables. It's important the children learn these routines now and do them with fidelity so they are a reliable strategy. We also practiced arm tapping our red words.
In Benchmark, we are finishing up our first unit. We will have a few days in between to do an end of unit test, and to do a few other reading and writing activities.
In math, we continued to work with counting to ten, writing the numeral ten, and showing ten in different configurations to learn to understand that the quantity has remained the same even though the arrangement of counters has changed. Some of the children are finishing a picture of a charm bracelet to share tomorrow. The bracelet should have ten charms in a circle. I suggested the charms be something they like.
Just a reminder that I will meet with three of our four reading groups tomorrow afternoon. I sent out e-mails to families who have children in those groups and the time they are meeting. I am looking at this reading group time online as a gift because in the classroom, sometimes it's harder to get uninterrupted longer group times, so I'm happy to get started with these groups!
Have a nice evening!