June 7, 2010
Action Reading 2
Learning to read is the most important thing a child will ever learn. We learn to read to read to learn. Yes we learn through experience, but the majority of what we learning comes through reading. Developing a love for reading will lead to a success educational experience.
My experience with teaching the lessons from CD 1 & 2 was for the most part fun. I used my seven and nine year old daughters. Initially I thought my nine year old would be bored with it, because she is an accelerated reader. After we really got into the lessons she was rediscovering things about foundational reading that she had forgotten. On the first CD, I think the song presentation of the letter sounds helped to hold the seven year olds interest. The activity that had the children sliding sounds together by using the cards is called blending sounds to make whole words. They also used the work book to do different activities. The first lesson talked to them about the origin of our alphabet, which they both found it interesting. With CD 1, we basically repeated skills learned over and over again. The girls were not familiar with the term engine sounds, but they gasped the concept and followed along without a problem. I observed that with used this kit with children who can already read, still has benefits. Reflective Paper 3
My husband and I sometimes have to correct the girls in their speech, because they tend to say things in the same way they might here a friend say them which most of the time is incorrect. The activities from the kit present the correct sounds and pronunciations of words.
On CD 2, we spent extra time saying the sounds as quickly as we could by following the disc. On CD 2 it gave even more history for the girls to learn. They learned that our language came from the Romans who took it to the British Isles where it ended up being the English language we speak today. What I did find difficult was that we had a little trouble following, because I was not sure which cards the disc was referring to. Once we got back on track, the girls played the shortcut game for a very long time and seemed to have really enjoyed it. What I liked the most about the shortcut game was the repeat ion. By saying the sounds over and over again helps the student remember. One other thing that stuck out about this particular exercise was that she encouraged the children to use multi senses. The more senses you use the more you learn. We ended our lesson activities from the book learning to use the th, sh, ch, and wh sounds. In this exercise the girls used these sounds by sliding them together to make a word. The disc talked Reflective Paper 4
about putting up walls, but I did not quite understand the concept. Nevertheless, the children complete CD1 & CD2 and are excited about the upcoming lessons. This paper documents the progress of my students using CD 3 and 4. As you know I am using my two daughters who are seven and nine year’s olds. We started off reviewing what we previously learned from CD 1 and 2. The repetition has turned out to be the best way to for the students to remember what they have learned. Even though my students already know how to read, they are very interested and engaged in the lesson. The songs and the music are very instrumental in holding their attention. As we moved through the first disc the students learned how to break words into syllables and identify them by clapping as they said the word. Several games were implemented in this session that focused on making words using sounds. Using shortcuts to make words was an easier way for the students to make words. They really enjoyed the game, and played for quite a while. They played a tick tack toe game where they used sounds to find words with the same sound. I played this game with the girls and it Reflective Paper...