Friday, May 25, 2012

Do you need to FLOSS (Z) ?

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No I am not working on a unit having to do with teeth.  Instead we are reviewing on of the spelling patterns we have learned this year.  We have rules that we group as "short vowel flags."  Well the FLOSS(Z) rule is one of them.  If you are unfamiliar with the rule (which I was until I started my OG training) here it is:
If there is a-
1 syllable word with
1 short vowel
ending in F, L, S, or Z
you DOUBLE the FINAL consonant!!!

Candi : )

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Compound Words & a Freebie!

So we are down to 12 school days...I think.  It's the time of year when I get sentimental about my sweet firsties and try to talk them into staying with me next year.  I tell my husband I am sad to let them move up to which he replies, "you say this every year."  But it's true- you become very invested in their little lives and the daily routine is now at the point where it is fun and easier.  But next year will bring new little inquiring minds.

As the year is winding down and end of year assessments are being completed, I am able to see what areas need just that little bit of extra review before my sweet kiddos go to 2nd grade.  We work a lot on combining syllables, specifically focusing on syllable types- ie- combining closed and closed or closed and silent e, etc.  But after reviewing some informal assessments, I realized we needed a little more explicit instruction on plain ol' compound words.  I saw this cute Easter egg activity at The Lesson Plan Diva's site to create compound words.

I also included a freebie that I created.  You can download it here!

I hope everyone has a happy and peaceful end to your school year!  Summer is coming!
Candi : )

Monday, May 7, 2012


Please feel free to repost- but would you please link back to me : )

Wow- it has been awhile since I have posted.  There has been a lot going on and I could not find time to get my posts up.  But I have been taking pictures and videos of the happenings in class to share with my blog friends.   So as we are winding the school year, we have been doing a lot of review.  Blends (initial and final) are still bugaboos for some of my kiddos.  

For those of you familiar with Orton-Gillingham, you have probably seen the "blending drill pack."  Well this was my little addition to the process.  I had posted earlier about adding small sticky notes in order to create a "button" for each sound that the student could "push" as they said the sound.  The above video is an example of how I would complete this activity.

For Parents- This is a GREAT review tool for the summer and easy to make on notecards.  
For Teachers- this is a GREAT and quick warm-up for a lesson.
For OG Tutors- I complete this right after my Visual and Auditory Drills.

I hope this is helpful.  I promise more to come-more often.  Thanks for your patience!
Candi : )