Cumulative Blending – a repost

I posted this, about this time, a couple of years ago and I wanted to share it again.

Well, this last weekend I spent a little time trying to teach my 5 year-old how to begin to read words, so I showed him what we’ve been doing in class; and that was cumulative blending. He had picked out a Dr. Seuss book and wanted to “read” it. Of course, being a kindergarten teacher, I want him to READ it if he’s that interested in it, so I began to teach him how. Then it suddenly occurred to me that if he can do it, you can be doing it with your sweet child at home as well. But I haven’t told you about that yet, nor have I taught you how so here’s how it goes.
We’ll use the word “plop” just to practice on.
I first review that they know each sound individually. I ask for the sound of each letter, but not necessarily in the order that they appear in the word. “What does o say? What does p say? What does l say? Okay here we go. You make the letter sound as I point to the letter and hold that sound out until I move to the next letter.” (Hard sounds are more difficult to hold.) In the beginning I make the sounds with them to make sure they’re hearing the correct sound being made and will copy me. “/p/” At this point I pick my finger up off of the paper, board, etc, to drive the point home that they are to only make the sound that I’m pointing to. Then I point to it again, but this time I will move to the second letter. “/p/, /lllllll/” And I pick my finger up. Every time we add a letter sound in the word, we ALWAYS go back to the beginning and start over. That is why it is call CUMULATIVE blending. This really helps to keep children from leaving off that beginning sound when they blend the sounds back together. So I point to the beginning p again, “/p/, /llllll/, /ooooooo/” and I pick my finger up. “/p/, /lllllll/, /oooooooo/, /p/” Then this time when I get back to the beginning of the word I slide my finger all the way to the end of the word and if they’ve listened to themselves all the way through, they should blend the sounds like a trooper!
Try this at home and see how your sweet child does. It is SO much fun to watch the look on their faces when they realize that they really are beginning to get a grasp on this reading thing. Let me caution you to try to stick to words with short vowel sounds and the consonants that we’ve become “experts” with. Your kiddo might just amaze you!

Happy Blending!

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An article from Washington Post

Dear Parent:

This is an awesome article I’d like to share with you.  Please take the time to read it.  I hope you will understand where I’m coming from.

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2015 Red Ribbon Week

We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week during the week of October 26th-30th. Please show your support by participating in the following theme/dress up days:
Monday, October 26th: I’m a “Jean-ius”, I Make Healthy Choices- wear blue jeans
Tuesday, October 27th: Team Up Against Bullying– wear your favorite team or OM colors/spirit wear
Wednesday, October 28th: Exercise Your Right to Make Healthy Choiceswear workout clothes, sports uniform, etc.
Thursday, October 29th: I’m too Bright to Make Unhealthy Choices- wear bright colors
Friday, October 30th. Be Someone’s Hero, Stand up to Bullying – dress like your hero (camo, police officer, firefighter, teacher, nurse, parent, etc.) a superhero or wear your TLIM shirt.

This is always a fun week of learning some healthy habits.  Don’t feel like you need to purchase anything to participate in these dress up days. 🙂

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Great Start

I am so excited about spending this school year with this group of kiddos. They make me smile and they make me laugh.
This week I’ve begun introducing them to the 7 Habit. We started by talking about “being proactive.” Today we began talking about how to “start with the end in mind.” We will continue to talk about these and the other 5 habits all year.
Just a reminder that I sent home a refrigerator reminder about what color to wear each day. This is not intended to cause you to go shopping or to stress about it. It’s just something fun to look forward to each day. You do not have to buy something new. 🙂 Our color schedule is:
Monday, August 31st wear red
Tuesday, September 1st wear orange
Wednesday, September 2nd wear yellow
Thursday, September 3rd wear green
Friday, September 4th wear blue or purple

We have been progressing nicely with our calendar routine this week.  We’re going to kick it up a notch next week.  I can’t believe it’s almost September!  On September 1st we’re going to add a calendar journal.  Ask your sweet kiddo about it Tuesday evening.  I have a list of important dates for September.  I’ll send a newsletter/ calendar home next week that will highlight those dates.

Mats/ towels/ blankets are coming home today.  Remember to send them back on Monday after they’re washed over the weekend.

Thank you for all you’re doing at home to support your little learner.  We’re having a great time here!

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Next Week’s activities

OMES Red Ribbon Week 2014: October 27th-31st
Monday: “I am too bright to make bad choices!”- wear neon clothing
Tuesday: “From head to toe, I make good choices!”- wear crazy hair or a hat and/or crazy socks
Wednesday: “Follow your dreams, make good choices.”- wear pajamas (appropriate- no short PJs please)
Thursday: “Team up and exercise your right to make good choices!”- wear your team colors and/or exercise clothes
Friday (Halloween): “I have the power to make good choices!”- dress as your favorite super hero – masks will not be worn longer than a quick picture.

Next week is also our Kindergarten Muffins and Math, Parent Math Meeting on Thursday. Breakfast begins at 7:20 for Kindergarteners and our Math Meeting will begin right after morning announcements at approximately 7:55. We will dismiss from the lunchroom around 8:25 for you to come to our classroom. You’re going to play a game or two with your child, and we will be done at 8:55. I will have a page of information for you to help you question your child appropriately during one of the games. I’m excited to give you a peek into math and I hope it will help you understand what we’re doing better.

Looking forward to the fun that next week will bring!

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Blue Progress Folders

Blue folders came home today.  These will give you a chance to see what we’re working on as well as how your child is doing on those skills.  I will mark the progress report as I assess the skills.  Unmarked skills have not been assessed.

Please remember to leave the progress report in the blue folder.  Sign and return it the next day so I can keep up with them.

Thank you for your assistance!

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OMHS Homecoming week

Let’s help celebrate OMHS‘s homecoming week
Monday: Dress up like a Tacky Tourist
Tuesday: People of the Sea – surfers, sailors, pirates, beach kids or yacht club
Wednesday: Under the Sea Characters – everyone dress up as your favorite movie/fictional character
Thursday: Class Unity Day – Kinder – red
First – Green
Second – Blue
Third – White
Friday: Oak Mountain Spirit day AND OMES Nathion Anthem on the Field celebration

Come out and support our Eagles!

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Color Week is coming

Next week we will explore colors. To enhance our week the teachers have chosen a color or colors to wear each day.
Monday – red or pink
Tuesday – orange
Wednesday – yellow
Thursday – green
Friday – blue or purple

This is not required.  Please don’t go buy anything for these days, it’s just meant to be something fun.  I’ll take pictures to share with you later.

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Welcome to a new school year! I am geared up and ready to go with this new group of kiddos. Welcome to all parents and students in Thomas’ Super Kids. I think it’s going to be a great year – at least I’m expecting it to. With a new floor, new theme, new bulletin boards and new friends, I’m excited to get into some learning going.
I’ll be painting our book bags very soon and I already have a volunteer to help me sew small tags on towels and nap mats. That will be so helpful to help unclutter our cubby room.
Just a few reminders:
Remember to check your child’s red folder every evening. If you need so send me a note, put it in your child’s red folder and give his/her a heads up that they need to give me something.
Remember to send 1 snack and a drink for your child each day.
Mark your calendar for Parents’ Night on September 4th at 6:00. You will start in the cafeteria, then be dismissed to my classroom.
I can’t wait to see you!

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Fun week



IMG_5128We have had a great time learning about penguins this week. Here are a couple of examples of our work.

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