Friday, November 22, 2013

Welcome to the Gift of Reading Blog Hop-- Stop # 9

Welcome to Ms. D's Literacy Lab. You have arrived at  

At each blog stop, you will be gathering Reading Gifts and Freebies.  In each post you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. Collect all of the letters to solve the mystery quote to enter the giveaway. Record all of the letters on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you may go to A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher's blog.  This is also where you will go after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!!

    Open the world of books for a child...and open the door to the future ! I fully believe that the "gift" of reading starts when we are young and continues through the rest of our lifetime. Whether it is a child snuggled on a parent's lap, a preschooler laughing at the funny part of a well-loved book, a student tucked in bed with a flashlight with a book that he/she can't put down or more....learning to read is such a gift.
     I have been reminded of this gift in the past week when first graders are having too much fun decoding alien (nonsense) words in a short "a" bingo game. Meanwhile, second graders are making animal noises with "The Great Race". My biggest surprise was when third graders did not want to go to recess because learning to read closed syllables was way too much fun !
     My "gift" to you is a glittery one for the youngest bunch of readers. Letter identification is one of the first steps towards learning to read. Once children are able to identify and name letters, they can begin learning the sounds that they make and then can begin assembling and reading words. When teaching letter identification, include activities that help children recognize both uppercase and lowercase letters, as recognition of both sets of letters is necessary for literacy development.  Letter naming is a strong predictor of later reading success.                                                                                                                It is a glittery "Mittens and More Mittens" Alphabet Match where students match uppercase and lowercase letters on matching cards.
In addition, there is an "I Can... chart" for a center as well as an extension worksheet for informal assessment. 
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Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you enjoyed your gift and learned something new. If you would like to be the first to know about new post, giveaways, and blog hops follow me on Bloglovin' by clicking the image below.
Don't stop now! Hop on over to Conversations in Literacy to pick up another amazing reading gift! Happy Holidays

If you get lost along the way, download the Hop Map here to easily pick back up where you left off! 

Ms. D.