First up is a second grade friend I'm working one-on-one with that I can't quite figure out. When I first tested her, her reading level came out to a C. Now, we're currently reading Es. Now, I know that's not all me and probably she tested lower at the beginning of the year, but I'm excited nonetheless. Here's some things we've worked on so far.
First thing I did was try out the Teaching Tiles Early Learning Reading Readiness Center that I received from Educational Insights.
I've also started using these two books for the first few minutes of my group time.
I use Sounds & Letters to work on her phonemic awareness. I really like this program because it spirals through the phonemic awareness continuum and connects motions that students do. The first time I read it, I didn't understand the motions and so I modified them to be arm movements instead of hand movements. The book is set up in units with stages (the steps in the continuum). Each new unit introduces different sounds that are used. I generally do it for only about 5 minutes and do two stages per day, reviewing the one from yesterday and the next stage. I only do it for 5 minutes because I think if it's taking longer the students aren't grasping it and aren't ready for that stage yet and we'll get back to that stage again in the next unit. It's been very successful with my students in the past. I don't do any of the spelling because generally it's phonemic awareness that they're struggling with and have the phonics down.
Sound Partners is a great spiral review. It is an intervention program that's meant to be done one-on-one in 30 minute sessions. Each lesson builds and gets harder. In the beginning it starts with letter sounds, phoneme segmentation, reading cvc words, and reading sentences. The instructions are along the side of the page and make things easy. I love that I don't need to plan everything out. I generally just have my kiddo read and don't do the writing portions. We do word work based on the book we read and so I only have her do the writing from there every couple weeks.
Next week, I also plan on adding in some hands-on activities that we can use for four and five sound words. She struggles with decoding and blending words as she reads and I think they'll help. I created these two hands-on manipulatives that can be used. For every sound, students put the boat in the water or the ice cream on the cone. They are free and can be downloaded by just clicking the pictures.
I also give her a little bit of homework to do because I want to continue to review and try out skills she should know since she won't get most of them in her classroom. I LOVE the Good Morning Work units from Teacher Idea Factory. Since I'm not in a classroom I use it for homework instead. She has one for September and one for October and will continue creating them each month (and also has a super fantastic math one for October).
Part of why I love these is because they're perfect review for first grade. With my little munchkin, it continues to practice skills she needs. We're still working through September so she's been practicing rhyming and word families where this sample has nouns. I also love that students have to expand on a sentence. It's a bit more higher order than typical morning activities and is application of so many different skills! Have I mentioned I love this? You can click on any of the pictures to head to her adorable blog and download a few pages to try out. Trust me, you'll love them too and buy a set. :)
So, back to the Teaching Tiles. Educational Insights is letting me give away a kit for one of my readers! To enter, just use the Rafflecopter below. It'll only be open through Wednesday so hurry and enter!