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How did we make them? We use the Jolly Phonics program where I teach so after viewing the phonogram of the day, we brainstorm words that start with the same letter. I write them on the whiteboard as we go underlining the initial sound. We also watch the Storybots on youTube to see what words they have found that start with the letter we are looking at. The Storybots are hilarious and always engaging.
From there we re-read our list. We talk about how some of the phonograms are making their second sound or a different sound because of their partner like shell, cheese, thick or physical, and then the children choose some to draw. Obviously there are more drawings for each page than I need so I am trying to make sure each child has their work appear on one of the posters as they are really enjoying showing them to their parents and I hear them talk about them during activity time.
And perhaps most importantly, the words they are offering up have meaning to them. They are words they have seen, heard and lived. They are words they have eaten, played, read in books, seen on TV. They are their words, their names, their friends, their families so now when they look up at the alphabet chart stretched around our classroom they can relate to the subject material on a personal level instead of staring at a shop bought one and wondering what on earth a hamster is.
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