Friday, March 25, 2011

Reading with Ruby Week #1

 I am starting a new series of posts that will be called "Reading with Ruby."  I have the privilege of helping my good friend's daughter learn to how read.  She is 5 1/2 and has shown all of the reading readiness signs needed to move forward.  She is:
*Familiar with print and books
* Recognizes most letters  (upper and lower case)
*Phonemically aware- knows the sounds that most letters make.  Leapfrog Letter Factory is GREAT for this!
*She is wanting to learn how to read.

I will be providing her with very specific and targeted instruction.  The instruction will consist of a balanced mixture of sight words and phonics.  She will be meeting with me two days a week for a few hours a day.  Although this time is structured and scheduled, it will still maintain flexibility to her needs and hopefully tons of FUN!!

Here is a look at week #1 activities:

First, I started with an informal assessment of letter recognition and letter sounds.  This assessment allowed me to target her instruction by recognizing her strengths and weaknesses.  You can get this assessment here.

I also gave her a sight word assessment which I made.  Although she only knew a couple of sight words, it gave me a good idea of where to start.
Then, I introduced Ruby to 6 sight words: look, see, funny, come, is, big. 

Next, we verbally reviewed all sounds that letters make.  I do this regularly with Audrey and Sophia.  The A says..ahh, the B says...b and so forth.  Again, I am a strong believer in the Leapfrog Talking Letters video!!  My video came with some flashcards or you can download some great homemade ones here.

Sight Word Songs: We sang our sight words to the tune of BINGO.  
There was a sight word for the day and funny was our sight word. 
 F-U-N-N-Y, F-U-N-N-Y, F-U-N-N-Y and funny was our sight word. 

I made some color by number sight word printables, which available to download.  
Ruby on the left, Audrey on the right.
Phonics: Ruby worked on the letters she missed on the informal assessment by playing 

 Phonics: The girls took turns sounding out a 3-letter word and matching the picture with this file folder game.

Sight Words: We also worked on making our sight words with play-doh.  Since Ruby was having a little difficulty forming some of the letters, I lightly traced the letters on the table with a pencil.  It was easy to clean off and helped her with the correct formation of letters.  This was the girls favorite activity...and so easy!

Phonics: Word Slides  These are such wonderful resources because they are FUN to use and really reinforce the CVC patterns needed for emergent readers.

We started our Very Hungry Sight Word Caterpillar

Sight Word Tracing: look, see, funny, come, big, is (left)
Sight Word Practice: link here for printables.  (right)
I put these in sheet protectors so I could use them over and over again.  It just provides a little extra practice when introducing sight words.

Phonics: I had Ruby read the first book in the Bob Book Level 1 series: Mat.  She was able to decode most of the words and I could see her confidence building!  On Friday, we used the first book in series with our leapfrog frig magnets to find the 3 letter words (sat, mat, etc.)

I also had the girls take turns writing a letter from their sight words on the whiteboard.  For example, if the sight word is "funny," Ruby will write the f, Audrey will write the u and so forth.
The final result:)

I had the girls work on some beginning sounds worksheet found at Confessions of a Homeschooler.

The girls took turns reading a simple High Frequency Reader: School

 Ruby's mom, Brooke, will be working with her at home as well.  This week she will work on reading the first 3 books in the Bob Book series, practicing the 6 sight words for the week and reviewing letters sounds.

How I kept the little tot busy:)
Farm Sound Puzzle
Chunky Puzzle
Peg Stackers
Sight Word Practice-You can
never start too early:)  Just kidding
She wanted to point to the words too:)

Linked up at Homeschool Creations, No Time For Flashcards, for more word play: 1+1+1=1


Our Country Road said...

It's so neat that you get to help teach Ruby to read! Thank you for the links to thr CVC game and sliders-I will be putting them to use!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Do you have the book The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists/? I used it when I was teaching first and second grade {and still reference it quite a bit when tutoring kids now.

The list of word families alone {as well as the top 1,000 sight words} are worth its price in diamonds...

Great post! You are very inventive!

Elle Belles Bows said...

Fantastic post!

Thanks for the links that you included too!


Mrs. Mc said...

Ruby is blessed to have you! I was just going to create some letter slides on my own because I couldn't find them anywhere! Thank you!!
~ Mrs. Mc

Jenny said...

First time visiting your blog! Great ideas :) thnx for sharing!!

Andrea said...

Your link caught my eye on no time for flashcards.. Thank you!!

Karyn said...

I love your ideas! I am starting to teach my daughter to read as well & these will be so helpful! I am your newest follower.

Stephanie said...

I ordered the Leapfrog Letter Factory through your link so hopefully it will give you the credit :)
Thanks for all of the great ideas and printables!

Annie Moffatt said...

Thanks Stephanie! I totally appreciate that and all your sweet comments. We LOVE letter factory:)

Chet said...

where did you get those sight word flash cards? i would love those!

Annie Moffatt said...

These are made by me and available on my blog. Look under labels..sight words. I have made the pre-primer in flashcard format but not the primer...yet. Hope that helps:)

Mara Crosby said...

where did you get those flash cards that you little tot is pointing to? (not the ones you made and have on your blog, but the ones you have pictured in your pocket folders)

Mara Crosby said...

p.s. just thought you may want to know...on your letter chart to test kids knowledge before you begin, it spells out S-E-X on the capital ones! oops! my son was sounding it out!

Annie Moffatt said...

oh my!! It is not actually my letter is linked to another blogger. I guess I will let her know:)

Annie Moffatt said...

I got those Level 1 sight word cards from Lakeshore. I really like them because they have sentences to practice on the back.

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