If you have always wanted to try THE SECRET STORIES, then this plump little pack of "Vowel-Secrets" is the perfect appetizer to get you started!
(Please Note- This TpT pack targets the "SECRETS" of the vowel sounds ONLY, and should not be confused with the comprehensive SECRET STORIES Classroom Kit, which is available on the SECRET STORIES website only. For more information, visit www.TheSecretStories.com)
Did you know that there are "grown-up reading and writing secrets" that explain WHY letters don't always make the sounds that they should in words? Knowing the "SECRETS" of the English Language makes reading and writing a breeze... for both teachers and learners, alike!
With the SECRETS, even the earliest learners can enjoy EASY-ACCESS to the hardest phonics skills, and increase momentum in BOTH reading and writing!
This plump little pack was ripped right from the SECRET STORIES Class Kit! It contains everything needed to teach (and assess!) the long and short vowel sounds, including their "SECRETS!"
Additionally, the SECRETS for "Mommy E," "Sneaky Y," and the "Babysitter Vowels" are also included....plus, a few extra ones!
(Shhhh, don't tell!!)
As an added bonus, the "Super-Sonic-Phonic-Blender" ($6.50) has also been included FREE in this pack to build up learners' skill-automaticity in decoding and encoding the blends in-conjunction with the long and short vowels!
A Little More Information, for those Interested...
TEACHING THE VOWELS WITH THE BRAIN-IN-MIND!
The brain-based tools in this pack make learning the short vowel sounds as simple as a game of "Pretend!"
Through dramatic, action-based cuing, learners literally "fall" right into each of the short vowel sounds....no "auditory/ cognitive-processing" required!!
Instead of trying to "identify and recall" sounds cognitively, these patterns are connected to 'social-emotive' cues, and are stored as such within the brain. In this way the information may be easily acquired and immediately accessed!
All of the vowels are 'Superheroes' with the power to "say their name!" (think 'Clark Kent' in Superman!)
But when they're NOT using their super powers, they wear a 'SHORT and LAZY" disguise so they won't be recognized!
So, when E is being short and lazy, she'll plop an 'old lady bun' on her head and pretend she can't hear, saying "EHHHHH?? What did you say... EHHH????" ........ and that's her short and lazy sound!
The letter U will just sit in the back of the class and pretend not to listen, appearing to never know the answer to any questions the teacher asks. He just scratches his head and says......"Uhhhhhh......uhhhhhh..." and that's HIS short and lazy sound!
By simply aligning these seemingly 'random' phonemic skill to the way our brains learn best, they become easily accessible and immediately available to learners for reading and writing!
No more telling kids, "It just is... It just does... You'll just have to remember!" Now you know the "SECRETS!"
For more details on how to use these tools most effectively, check out this YouTube clip- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd0CWsCrbgQ and subscribe to the SECRET STORIES YouTube Vlog for more!
You can also visit the SECRET SESSIONS Blog for MORE!
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