It’s learning that sticks! Why? This interactive learning approach gets EVERY student MOVING, and as research shows, when students are moving, learning is optimized. EVERY neuron in the brain is fired up; which in turn, aids in the transference of information from short term memory of these sounds to long term memory retrieval. Movement is one of the very BEST teaching strategies for retention. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for as educators? Not just preparing our students for the tests, or checking off the lessons taught for that week, but filling our student’s reading toolkits/minds with fun, engaging, effective lessons so that they can frequently recall the information learned with greater ease.
It’s repetitive! We go through the deck of phonogram cards before we introduce a new phonogram each day. I will reinforce the sound(s) during Writer’s Workshop mini lessons, during interactive writing and throughout my guided reading groups, etc. When you’re writing a word like “fall”, you might say, “Oh, we just learned the /a/ sounds. What are the three sounds it makes again? So, I can say this word is ___, ___ or ___. Which one makes sense?” During my guided reading groups, the students will notice an unknown word but will recall the learned phonogram to help sound out the word. I will sometimes prompt the student(s), by saying, “Oh, let’s say this phonogram together that we learned the other day.” Other reading strategies are used during guided reading, of course, when needed, but so many more words are decodable when the students are privy to the sounds they make.
1. Google Slides from A-Z includes:
VIDEO demonstration of chant
Word Families - words that associate with each sound
2. 68 Phonogram Flash Cards (FREE template) includes: