Perhaps the greatest time I had in teaching was teaching beginning reading. Well at least for me (smiles and chuckles). Teaching a child the skills to read is different from teaching a child how to read. In my case, I believe that the child learns on his own, while I gear him up with all the skills he needs to be able to learn to read.
Teaching beginning reading is fun – tastic!!!. We can play around with different strategies, we can create reading crafts with our kids, we can re-invent phonics songs and lyrics, well, we can just do all sorts of activities that encourage reading, creativity and imagination, language, and experience – sharing.
For me, my favourite tool, and the first thing I use to introduce phonics is “Ants on the Apple.” I like the fact that is very simple and it is easy for the child to remember the wordings for each beginning sounds. The graphical presentation is good it could easily captivate the child’s interest and so make him engaged to it. It has symbols and the letters in print (upper and lowercase) are also shown.
The beginning sounds? When I teach beginning sounds, I make sure that I don’t confuse the child with short vowel sounds from long vowel sounds, hard consonant and soft consonant sounds etc. Well it depends on the child. If he is having some difficulty with remembering all the sounds, we can’t complicate things. However if it’s a neuro-typical child, who’s grasp is fast, we can introduce these sounds all at once. But then because I am a special education teacher, I am aware to always modify and provide a proper scaffold in the way I teach. And so I believe that short vowels must be introduced first because long vowels are more complicated, that we have to create a whole new lesson just to learn all such as digraphs, final e, and etc.
Now going back to Ants on the Apple, it is also a good way to enjoy phonics songs with our children. The wordings represent the illustrations very clearly. So even for a child who can’t decode the text yet, he could still understand the language it portrays by just looking at the illustrations. We can also talk about it and we can encourage our child to make his own interpretation. We are not only learning sounds, we learn vocabulary, we learn language too. We can also create our own version of the song and we can make our own arts and crafts on this and compile into a mini – book of beginning sounds. How wonderful that we can expand our activity into something more meaningful to the child.
Tuesday is here again. everyone please feel free to join us in this linky party. It feels so good to see all of you again and we welcome new linky players. Let’s spread it out and enjoy our Tuesdays together. Have fun!!