As a Year 1 Teacher, I would always be looking for opportunities to ‘play with words’.
soooo much more.
Once the children get the ‘hang’ of this – THEY COME UP with all sorts of interesting patterns and love letting you know what they found.
A terrific way to observe just how much this helps is to allow children to become the ‘teacher’.
Absolutely amazing to watch what questions they come up with when asking their peers to find certain patterns….love watching them do this….
Have fun with words…….IT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE…..
Donna from K-3 Teacher Resources
With my prep grade I like to use rhymes and poems, related to the theme of the week, the children have a copy and use highlighters to highlight, High frequency words, rhyming words,or any other word focus. They are kept in a plastic pages folder and used for whole group reading.
Great idea Jeannie. Are you at Wello? 🙂
We often play with words using our name tags that are displayed on the wall.
Children find their name tag and then find someone who has something the same in their name ( Start with same letter, same letter somewhere in name etc) Some times I tell them what to look for , sometimes they find a partner and explain to me why they go together.
You can do this from day one almost, because even if they don’t know the names of the letters they can match shapes – which then lets you discuss letter names etc.
Sometimes at the beginning of the year they just match along the lines of Long words or short words,or number of letters in word.
jeanie Prep. Qld
Fantastic idea! very open- ended and also makes literacy a fun, social way of learning
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