Saturday, September 18, 2010

Growing Good Readers {and Spellers!}



The poster above is on display by our classroom reading nook. The kids helped me brainstorm all the things they think good readers do! So far, I have been very impressed with my class of readers. They LOVE to read, and they LOVE to listen to stories! Woo hoo! They can't wait to get their book bags to "shop" for new books in the morning, and that makes me a very happy teacher. In talking with my fantastic first grade parents over the years, it seems that some of my first grade friends don't feel as motivated to read or practice sight words and spelling at home! Although I try not to give too much homework, I believe strongly in reading each night, and in making reading a bonding experience that is enjoyable for everyone involved! It is my hope that reading and spelling practice at home will no longer be a chore, but something those energetic first graders can look forward to! Here are some ideas that could make spelling and reading practice a little more exciting...




Make spelling words glow with the glow station!



Find a fun font and have your child type their words.



Put sight words on sticky notes and use a fun pointer. Call out words you want them to find.



Cut up old magazines. Look for sight words, or cut the letters out to spell the words and glue onto a piece of paper.



Fun spelling snack! Yum.



Write words with the Aquadoodle!



Bath time and learning time combined! Write words with bath crayons or bath markers!

16 comments:

Erin said...

I love that poster! I may need to borrow the idea!

Classically Fabulous said...

Adorable poster! You have such nice "teacher" handwriting =) I'm still working on mine! Love all of the fun materials to have fun with writing, reading, and spelling at home.

Stephanie said...

Great Ideas!!! :) I can't wait to try the Cheez It idea!!

Ginger Snaps said...

Where do you have the wall space for all this great stuff!? We have like NO wall space! They are sucked up by cabinets, windows, promethean boards and just poor set up in general! It's ridiculous! Cute ideas though! =)

futureflstar said...

I LOVE your posters! You are so creative and such an artist. I may have to make a similar poster/posters in my room!!1 So cute!!!
I am also going to try the cheez it(or maybe Alphabits cereal) idea for spelling practice! :)

Cassandra said...

I have been following you for about a month now and I just love everything you do! Thanks for being so inspiring!

Sarah said...

That's a great poster and I love all the ideas you shared! I didn't know Cheezits made scrabble crackers -- I'm going to have to go get some of those!!!

Sarah Cooley said...

I love y'all. Thanks for all the nice words. Sarah--those Scrabble Cheez-Its are SO good! I think they're better than the regular ones. I don't know why!

Latte Mama said...

I have to agree, you're ideas are not only using great strategies, but super cute! I'm still working on the cute factor, which is why I like searching through blogs :)

Mrs. Nickerson said...

I love your blog! Phenomenal ideas! :)

Pawan (www.pancakesforrecess.com) said...

Super ideas! Great for kids to do at home with their families.

AbbyS. said...

SOOOOO Excited! I just bought the Scrabble Cheez Its at Target yesterday. They have individual bags for Halloween! I stocked up for RTI groups.
THANKS for the heads up!

EzraMezra said...

LOVE The poster ideas - I borrowed your idea and my class and used it in two ways - What good writers do and we made "Alex" (so it could be a boy or a girl) who showed us what good readers do!
Thanks heaps - From Australia

Anonymous said...

Love this site! I am taking masters courses right now and stumbled here while looking for blog for this weeks assignment. I am adding this site to my favorites and plan to come back to use the ideas I have seen with my current first graders! Thanks for a grate site and to all the contributors.

Paula Kluth said...

I wanted to let you know that I just linked to this post on my new blog (Differentiation Daily):http://differentiationdaily.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/writing-with-crackers/

Your site is really sweet- love your many ideas and always look forward to seeing the pics of your classroom walls. You are clearly a master teacher.

Ms. Roberts said...

Great ideas! I hope you don't mind me sharing some of these ideas on my parent blog!

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