Blending, Vowel Drills, Dictation & Sight Words Explained
Teaching Foundations Can Be Tricky, I am here to help!
So today is not much of written explanations, but more video visuals of how I facilitate a 30 minute block of foundational skills through distance learning. I asked my sweet friend's mom if I could record our session so I could support other teachers during this time understand and visualize how k-2 phonics can look. She emphatically agreed to help and I am thankful for her willingness to share her child's learning with you.
While this is not the absolute way to facilitate this time, it is the most effective method I have found thus far. I use it with all my tutoring students and this is how I taught my kindergarteners when this season began.
So before each session, here is what I have on hand, there are links to all these materials in my post Bite Sized PD: 5 Steps to Facilitating Foundations and Small Groups Digitally. If you are a visual and auditory processor like I am here is a video:
You may have many of these tools on hand, you may need to invest in a document camera. I assure you it is a worthwhile purchase, I cannot teach or record videos without it.
Blending Board In Action
Here is a demonstration of how we use the blending cards during his session:
I would like you to notice that there is not a lot of belaboring a concept. If he makes an error, I quickly give a prompt like, "Check your vowel," or I articulate the sound and we move on. Time is of the essence and just like in class we are tasked with keeping student engagement high.
VOWEL DRILL IN ACTION
Have you ever noticed that students often have a hard time isolating and articulating their vowel sounds. We see it in their writing and in reading we often hear the incorrect articulation of sound. The vowel drill is an OG practice that supports each child in their isolation and articulation. There are three levels of practicing these skills and my student sways between practicing vc and cvc isolation. The 3 levels are:
vowel: The sound is /a/ (any short vowel sound)
vowel consonant: The sound is /ib/ (any vowel consonant variation)
consonant vowel consonant: The sound is cat