Phyllis Guenther

Ms. Guenther

Have a wonderful summer! Please take time to read each day for at least 30 minutes.  I added a new link to my page. (Phonics Links - Videos) . Please take time to check out Geraldine! Left hand side of your screen. :o)

Love Reading 

Welcome to Primary Grade Academy and an exciting new year of learning. My class is designed to reinforce reading skills so our students at Pepperhill Elementary  can achieve their highest level of reading with confidence and skill.

We work in small groups using Charleston County School District approved, effective reading program to improve our reading abilities.  Your child will be bringing home books to read to you.  Be on the look-out for a book in a folder.  This book will be at your child's level.  Practice is so important for your child to become a great reader.  It only takes a few minutes of your time, but those few minutes will make such a big difference.

Periodically I will post hands on activities that you can print out if you wish that will help reinforce words, letters and fluency assistance. Please take time to look at these activities when you get a moment.

At this time there are three types of resources: Nonsense Words,Sight Words and Phonics word chunks. Please Check out hyperlinks on the left hand side of the page.  

As a parent how do I know what books to choose? Where can I find resources for my students? 
JUST RIGHT BOOKS    <<<<< Select the link to the left.
Before During and After Reading: take a moment and watch the video. Parents you can do this with your child.  MOVIE

Good Readers Do Many Things  <<< select the link

 2014 -2015 Monthly NEWS from Ms.Guenther:
October << select the link  English
October Spanish << Select the link Spanish
Common Core State Standards: 
I will be sending home note cards and posting to my site about Common Core and questions to use with your child when reading our stories. Please use them. Thanks for all you do the help your child reach his/her highest learning potential. 

Parents I have added a new tab. IPAD BOOKS
You will see there are new links within the page.

Please send me your email address. Just a reminder if you have an IPAD please let me know.  I am creating a list of apps that we use at school as well as great sites for you to use with your child. If you have some that are wonderful and use please let me know. LETS SHARE! 

Here is a link as well as some activities you can do with you child: 

Phonological Awareness Activities for Parents

PhonologicalAwareness Activities - parent friendly activities

Building underlying awareness of how sounds combine to makewords will help with reading.  There isan instructional sequence to these skills, but they don’t all have to bemastered before moving on.  Note thatwhen a letter is inside hatch marks (//), it indicates just the letter sound.

Word Segmentation:  Count words in sentences.  Have your student think of a short sentence to describe a recent event.  (“I went tothe beach yesterday.”)  Clap the words and count them.  Make the sentence longerand count again.  (“I went to the beach yesterday and it was really windy.”)

Rhyme Recognition and Production:  Play rhyming “I Spy.”  You say “I spy with my little eyesomething that rhymes with … [grable].” The student looks around and sees a “table.”  It’s great to do this to pass the time in anew place, like a restaurant, a waiting room, etc.

 Syllable Blending and Segmentation:  Count syllables inwords.  As you’re unloading groceries clap the syllables in the items.  “Howmany times did we clap?”  Some new exoticadditions to the grocery list may spice this up a little (“arugula!”).  You could vary this by listing just things you like or dislike, or choosing a category of thing (animals, cars) your student is interested in. 

 Syllable Deletion:  Using compound words, ask what’s left when youtake away a word.  This is the kind ofthing that might work on a car ride.  “Ifyou start out with a [starfish, football] and you take away the [star, foot],what’s left?”  Work on first and lastparts of the words.

 Phoneme Manipulation:  Start with first sounds in words and dosomething similar to the syllable deletion activity.  “What word is left if I start with [pie] buttake away the [/p/ sound]?”  Words likepie, take, chart, cape, etc., all have hidden words in them.

Move on to identifying sounds in words

First sound first, then last sound, then middle sound.  You can do this as a spy game.  Set up a bridge and have animals cross thebridge: The student has to give the first (last, middle) sound as the secretpass-code to have the animal cross.

 Phoneme Blending:  Try a Simon Says game.  Warm up with “Simon says touch your [wrist,etc.]  Then play it with the words broken into their sound parts: “Simon says touch your /l/-/e/-/g/.  Touch your /l/-/i/-/p/-/s/.”  Use one-syllable body-part names like toe,heel, foot, knee, thigh, chest, back, ear, etc.

Phoneme Segmentation/Deletion:  Collect or draw pictures of one-syllable things on note cards, and draw 3 boxes under each. (Examples: cat; dog; can; cup; pan; fan. Don’t include consonant blends like “stem,” or “spot.”)

Readers Fluency Voice: Have fun reading in a different voice. Please download this activity to help when you are reading for fun at home.  Just print out and create. Great for anytime in the car or quiet time.  FluencyWorkstationVoiceJar.pdf

Once we get up and running things will move slow and then gradually speed up with your child's ability level. It is with great pleasure that I have your child in my group. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.   I have had several parents that want to do a make and take or just some lessons on how to help their child at home. Please contact me if you are interested and we can set up a time where I can help you address the needs of your child.  I can be reached at  767-5905 ext. 21746.

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