The group of students I have this year is in my top 10! This group is amazing! We have so much fun together, every day! They pour into my room each morning ready to learn and are filled with excitement. I teach first grade at a rural school that serves a population of families that work hard and want the very best for their children.
Our school is a Title I school in North Carolina where approximately 80-85 percent of our students receive free breakfast and lunch.
Our school offers backpacks filled with food for the weekends and also has a clothes closet. We believe that working with the families and community makes for a stronger education for each student. I think it makes my school a special place!
As a teacher of first graders who are beginning readers, I am always researching the best way to teach my young learners to tackle our complex language and reading system. I currently do not have a phonemic awareness program and understand this is a strong predictor of later reading successes. The National Reading Panel found more than 50 studies verifying that explicitly teaching phonemes was one critical component of effective reading and spelling instruction. (Moats, 2012) With this curriculum I could use 10-12 minutes a day and help develop my students phonological awareness deficits.
Every point in a child’s development of word‐level reading is substantially affected by phonological awareness skills, from learning letter names all the way up to efficiently adding new, multisyllabic words to the sight vocabulary.
(Kilpatrick, 2015) My students deserve every opportunity I can give them to become the best reader they can be. With this easy, fun, multi-sensory program, I can make one part of the reading process stronger than I have before.
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