In the past Megan and I would work to have everything hanging up for the first day of school. But, this year, Megan is slowing that down a little. Now, her room is still super cute to start the year, but some things she is going to hang up as she introduces them. Here’s is her word family palm trees. We do a different word family each week. She will hang the tree up as that family is introduced. I think that will give the kids an ownership to the items on the walls. Good idea, Megan! So, first she started with the onset and the rime covered in two different colors of post it notes. Each child has a word family notebook.
She had the children write “---at” at the top of their page. She removed the post it note off of the first onset and had the children write that in their book. Then she removed the rime. As she did more of the words, she talked about the pattern and encouraged the children to use that pattern to figure out what might be under the blue post it notes. It was the first time, so they were a little slow getting started, but by the end of the lesson they were catching on.