As a dyslexia teacher, I am always looking for ways to make learning the rules of reading and spelling more appealing to students. Learning diphthongs can be difficult. However, using this Christmas poem can make learning diphthongs more enjoyable. Children need to learn these diphthongs to read, spell, and write more effectively.
Twenty-three different diphthongs are taught in a fun and appealing way using Christmas poetry. For example, your children will learn to distinguish the two sounds of /oo/ and the two sounds of /ow/, as well as twenty-one other diphthongs. The r-controlled concept is also taught briefly.
This fanciful poem can be used to teach phonics, spelling, poetry and even some history. For example, when the poem was written, our fifth president, James Monroe, was in the White House. Abraham Lincoln, who would become our sixteenth president, was fourteen years old, and the United States of America was forty-seven years old.
The War of 1812 with England had been fought just a few years before the writing of this poem, and the Civil War which threatened to tear our country apart was yet to come in less than forty years.
In the midst of so much history, a poem is born; a lovely, happy poem that depicts the fun and joy of a treasured holiday.
Use this resource to teach whatever is appropriate for your students and ENJOY!
At my store, Brenda's Bonanza, I plan to offer several tools to make teaching phonics more teacher friendly.