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“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle

Phonemic Awareness

on November 7, 2012

Division 10 has been getting a lot of practise identifying the quantity of syllables in a word. Whenever I introduce new vocabulary we clap the word into chunks of syllables then immediately
repeat the word again in chunks while counting the amount of syllables with our fingers. For example, optimistic would be chunked into opt-i-mist-ic (4 syllables). Pete the Cat is optimistic. Yesterday I reinforced syllable identification skills with a bumblebee activity. Students coloured and cut out a bumblebee then sang the Hickety Pickety Bumbleebee song to friends. I found a lovely graphic for the song online at Mrs. Alaya’s Kinder fun, which is reposted with her permission.

For your information, while presenting the bumblebee sheet to the class I took the opportunity to do a mini science lesson on insects. I identified the parts of an insect body (head, thorax, abdomen, 6 legs, 2 antennae, & usually a pair of wings) we compared it to ours. In the spring I will teach a unit on Insects where we will learn the life cycle and more complex vocabulary.

I’ll be sending home the bumblebee tomorrow to use for homework. I’d like your child to practise the song with family members’ names. Once your child had done that get your child to teach the song to a stuffy (stuffed animal) at home and get the stuffy to practise the song with objects around the house. Just a reminder that school is not in session on Friday, a district closure day, and Monday, a statutory holiday.

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