In Orton-Gillingham, we are working with the u sound. We looked at umbrellas today during our Picture Talk and chose the one that was our favorite. Then we turned and talked with partners giving an opinion about the best umbrella. We know that when we share or write an opinion we need to give support, so we told why we chose the umbrella. Then, we shared out to the whole group with a partner sharing what their partner said. We do this often to remind the children of how important it is to listen to others. Ask me to tell you which umbrella was my favorite and why.
We listened to the story, The Hat, by Jan Brett, today. This is such a beautifully illustrated book. We knew we had to listen carefully to the events in the story so we could retell the story in sequence. Today the children are bringing home a paper with the characters that were in each new event. Ask me to show you the characters and retell the story.
We played some math games today to practice some skills we have been working on, and to practice playing by the rules and being fair.
It's that time of the year in kindergarten where we have been having to do a lot of testing. Although we do have two big tests that we take on the computer, we also have many assessments that are done one-on-one. We are in the homestretch! This group works so nicely on their own so I can get through quite a few children while the class works on something on their own. Right now we are doing the Benchmark reading passages to determine see what strategies and skills the students are using, and to see what we can build on to make their reading more fluent. There is also a quick comprehension piece that goes along with the reading sample. One area I know we need more work on is reading the Red Words quickly, without stretching them out to say each sound. These words need to have automaticity in reading and spelling. We will begin to work more on the spelling of the words. I will be sending home a list of the words and sounds we have introduced so you can see which words they need more practice with. We sent home flashcards recently, and on this website under the curriculum tab you will see Reading. There are activities you can do with your child to practice the Red Words.
Have a nice evening!