YAY! TpT is back on line! Because it was down most of the day,
I have extended it until tomorrow 7/26/12!!!
At the beginning of each year I make a fluency book for my students. This is a great way to teach and reinforce concepts of print AND letter sound association.
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As I teach the letters and sounds, the students color in that letter in their book. I do not teach the letters in ABC order (example: week #1 I teach Tt, Bb, Ff). After a few weeks, it is easy to tell which letters the students should be held accountable for. This book goes into their nightly reading bag. It is also perfect to use on those first few days of school when you are establishing reading routines. Some students can just read the pictures.
Parents also really like this so they can help reinforce these letters at home.
What does it sound like when they are practicing?
This student would read, "A apple /a/, B bat /b/... and so on.
Now I have said this before... so tune me out if you already know this. It is really important that students have the same "key" words when they are learning their sounds. So... on the ABC chart it should be A apple /a/, their desk strip should have A apple /a/, the personal ABC chart should be A apple /a/.... (or whatever letter you use as your key word for A)
80% of your kiddos can be flexible and will do just fine if you have A apple /a/ and A alligator /a/ around the room. But what about your fragile learners? They may learn that a goes with apple... but wait a minute! It goes with alligator too? Confusion!
Now picture these babies headed off to 1st grade... what if they do not have the same key words? I encourage you to talk to your literacy team to be sure there is some consistency.
Back to the fluency books... I made these to go with the ABC chart that is in my SPACE binders. My school has a district adopted phonics program, so I won't be using these exact books. I made them JUST for you!
Now you may be interested in extending the learning and adding words to your fluency books. Check this out! Cheryl from Crayons & Curls made a cute emergent reader! This set also has some worksheets to go with the reader... C-U-T-E!
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I had some people ask for a few new cards for the station signs... I have added them, so you can get download those!
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One final thing... Life is Sweet .... in Kindergarten is hosting an amazing giveaway!
Check it out on her blog.