Short notes again. I love making them as it helps me to understand a text. This time is an article from Cunningham & Cunningham (2002) and it is about phonics instruction.
It is very interesting to use with our learners because of its interactive nature. Interaction with teacher and interaction with small manipulative.
If you are like me, can't understand enough from the short notes, click on this video to watch it in action.
I hope to try this one out, maybe I will start with my kids!
- · Focusing on how the community learn. We can do this by observing how the community works and what they do for a living.
- · Constant assessment on the interaction of the learners and the surrounding. You will be surprised after spending time with your learners outside of the classroom. Their perception on the world is different and we can see on how they relate it to their lives.
|I lost the source! Pardon me!|
This model is highly debatable and write to me if you want to share something. One thing I learn about teaching language is we have to be dynamic due to its multifaceted nature. There is no such thing as one size fits all.
Till then. Cheers and happy teaching!
|How do you study?|
|No photos of me doing the activities! *Regrets*|
The talk was about How to Study English? Ya, I know, countless articles written about it, talks given, tips shared and hey the sources are endless! Nevertheless, children learn best by doing and that's what I was trying to do. There are 7 ways to study English suitable for primary school children and I let the children explore the activities with my guidance.
Will there be a next time? I pray so.
|My son's phonetic flip chart on the top left, together with the CVC picture puzzles|
It is evidence in the children which I grouped together for an action research. They are remedial pupils, grouped together based on their performance in the literacy screening. These children can connect alphabet and its sound, but they can't do blending.
- Letter name, sound and gestures
- Sounding onset/rimes
- Introduce the CVC picture puzzle. This is to let them understand that letters must be integrated to make meaning (hopefully they don't ask about I and a!). I took the pictures from the internet and made simple puzzles. They don't have the dotted lines for cutting but I cut it out freely in between the letters.
- Let the children clap to the onset and rimes. Understanding how many sounds involved will make the children alert on how many sounds to produce. An alternative to this activity is to give the children some blocks or small manipulative, they will listen to the onset and rimes and show how many sounds they hear by placing the blocks accordingly (an obvious one ya, but hey bear in mind that they are second language learners, so they need this practice).
- Supplementary activities such as chanting to the words, singing songs would be part of the lesson. I believe they need to hear the words repeatedly in order to understand blending.
Using velcro to stick teaching aids. The idea is not new, but it is to me. A teacher offered me a space in her school at the self-access learning centre, so I took it as an opportunity to do a story telling board.
|The materials laminated|
I choose 3 books for story telling from Eric Carle. I am fascinated by those books because he has a way of telling about nature from an interesting perspective. The books are highly educating with colourful illustration and carefully worded for young learners to understand.
I believe the stories will catch the learners attention at the target school provided that the teachers are able to story tell effectively using appropriate gestures and intonation.
To supplement the story telling, I searched for lesson plans and activity ideas to be adapted for classroom. Click on the book title to go to the lesson plans.
I will post the video once I got the chance to visit the school again. In time, I will spend my time dreaming about it!
Let me know if you are interested to do the velcro board at your school. I might want to chip in!