Author: Lisa Good

Reading Program

Reading Program

I have been busy reorganizing my reading program and getting it ready for the new school year. There are three reasons for me doing this. One is because the shelf space at the school I will begin working at is limited so I needed to condense the many boxes somehow. The second reason is because it will be an older group of children and I realized I may need to provide more than one set of say, sentences to work with. Some of my things are very old and so a making them again has felt great! Another reason is

because I have been doing some Dyslexia Tutoring and I wanted to incorporate some of the ideas from those lessons. I think they could prove to be helpful and enhance the reading program.

An idea of the reading boxes I needed to work with and reorganize.
An idea of the reading boxes I needed to work with and reorganize.
One main thing I did, was take all the phonogram boxes and make folders for them
One main thing I did, was take all the phonogram boxes and make folders for them. Each folder has the pictures and two sets of word cards. One set has the phonogram highlighted in red and the other one has the words just in black. Children match red labels to pictures and then will read the black cards and spell those words.
I added some nonsense word lists
I added some nonsense word lists to be sure the children are blending each of individual sounds together properly into a word for any children that may need extra help with sound blending.
I made a set of phrases for the children to work with before they begin sentence building.
I made a set of phrases for the children to work with before they begin sentence building.
Sentences with Pictures
Sentences with Pictures
Digraph Flowers
Digraph Flowers

I have now added introducing these digraphs along with CK during the “Blue Series”, or four/five letter words part of the reading program. I did this because they are commonly used and are found in some of the sentences in the Blue Series, so I wanted to include them prior to children working with those sentences.

These are just some of the things I’ve changed or added to the reading program. To get a full picture of it all, I’ve updated the Language Section which can be found on the homepage of Just Montessori.

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

Spring is just around the corner! It is such a nice time of the year and there is such a variety of unit studies that are commonly talked abut during this season. Baby animals, flowers, insects, gardens, and worms are just some of them. I think I will highlight some ideas for insects for this post, only not include butterflies

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Rainbows

Rainbows

Spring is a great time to talk about rainbows with the children. There is more rain during this time of the year and chances of seeing a rainbow are pretty good if you live in an area with rainy spring days. Most children enjoy rainbow anything, so you can include a variety of activities for them as you learn about rainbows together.

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Practical Life – Spring

Practical Life – Spring

Spring is fast approaching! Now is a good time to think about your shelves for the Practical life area of the classroom. It is often filled with bright colors and brings a freshness to the classroom. Exercises such as chair scrubbing is a fun way to include a bit of ‘spring cleaning’ for the children to help out in.

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Read Across America

Read Across America

Read Across America Day is a highlight of each school year for me and the children. This is an annual reading motivation and awareness program to celebrate books and reading that many schools, libraries, communities centers, and homeschool families take part in. It is a nationwide reading celebration. There are many different ways to involve a child’s participation in the program.

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100 Days of School

100 Days of School

It is getting close to the 100th day of school usually around this month, or next month sometime. You can begin to prepare now for a fun-filled day of everything 100! Older children can bring in 100 objects of their choice. I send a note home with these children about a week before the 100th day. I also give some suggestions on ideas of what to bring that can help parents and children begin to think about what they can bring in to count out to the other children. Objects such as paper clips, q-tips, shells, crayons, or pennies are some ideas.

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Dental Health Month

Dental Health Month

It is that time of the year when many teachers like to include dental health lessons for the children. At times a dentist or dental hygienist visits a school to help raise awareness about the importance of oral health. With or without a visiting guest speaker, there are many fun ways to help children appreciate the importance of caring for one’s teeth.

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Nutrition

Nutrition

Usually during the beginning months of the school year, I like to talk with the children about good food choices. We have lessons on our bodies, exercise, and the importance of eating healthy. This sets the tone for the school year about snacks and lunches. However, talking about the basic food groups can be included anytime of the year.

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New Year and the Four Seasons

New Year and the Four Seasons

It is going to be time to get back to school and begin the new year. I like to take a calendar and tear off each month. During a lesson on the new year, I place all the months out on the floor and discus with the children how each block on the calendar represents one day. We talk about how many days there are in the year and go over the names of the months.

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