We’ve been chugging through this school year so far. I noticed that a few of my kids have been working REALLY hard on their CVC words, but I have few that have just not gotten it. I’m going to focus the next two weeks on a lot of writing out everything. I don’t think I’ve done an amazing job of making them understand how important it is to sound out what you hear and to write it.
My absolute FAVORITE is this Sneaky Santa! pocket chart game (nothing to do with writing). We’ve been needing some SERIOUS practice with numeral identification and this is the easiest way for them. I popped the cards in a baggie and placed a pocket chart with them. They just have to unroll the pocket chart with a friend and play.
Last week, we played whole group. I just wanted them to see a few days how to unroll the pocket chart and lay it on the floor. Then, the fun begins. This helps with number order when they knock a number out accidentally. They are working on placing the numbers in the correct position.
One partner hides Santa while the other partner turns around. The person that is hiding the number then quietly says, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” to let the other person know to turn around. Seriously. I die laughing every time I hear them playing this.
They have to say the number or they can’t choose that one. This eliminates the kids that want to point. It also helps my child that RARELY speaks, but she wants to play. I make her speak as well.
They’ve been into pocket chart games lately so I figured I should pop out something easy and quick that ties into the month of December. They’ve been so happy about cookies for Santa from a book we read that I just KNEW I had to make milk and cookies.
I made a few versions of this game. My kids can choose which version to work on. They can match sight words or work on CVC words. For those that aren’t quite ready for full blown CVC words, I just told them to write the first sound. Three ways with the same cards.
Along with our new Cookies and Milk, I pulled out some things I made last year. I have a b/w set of December printables that will be perfect this week for times when we aren’t really working whole group on anything serious, but I need them to get in a little extra practice.
I am praying that this week is a breeze. My kiddos have been B-A-N-A-N-A-S. One thing that I have done to encourage kindness in the classroom and help with parent communication is these small little notes of positivity for the kids. Just print on colored paper and cut. That’s it. Every day I try to send home at least two or three.