Jolly Phonics

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One of the most helpful strategies I’ve found for teaching students spelling is Jolly Phonics. I was given this resource by my sponsor teacher and learned about it more online here. In Jolly Phonics, students learn how to sound out letters accompanied by actions to help them remember. Not only does Jolly Phonics help with reading but it also helps with writing because students remember the actions to help them spell out words.

My sponsor teacher uses it in her class and the K/1 students have the alphabet sounds and song memorized. They use the phonics when they do writing prompts and it has proven to be a great resource. I plan on using Jolly Phonics when I am with my class and I would recommend this to my colleagues.


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Inquiry Overview

How do we make it grow?

My professional development has focused on broadening my knowledge on the effects of children spending less time in nature and the health concerns that stem from this disconnect.  Also, how we can mitigate this disconnect between today’s youth and nature in order to foster a need in children to protect what they have left of the natural world.  With the resent explosion of smartphones, social media and computer based technology, people in general have begun to spend a lot less time in the “real world” and a lot more time in a “digital one”.  If we can engage children in nature we can make sure that their generation will be healthier physically and mentally and act as environmental stewards.

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Welcome to my blog!

Thanks for reading. My inquiry project is on Child Development. I want to become more familiar with the stages of cognitive development and how children learn in each of these stages in each subject.

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Phonics by Definition

To start, I wanted to learn what the actual definition of phonics is. I found that the Webster definition of phonics is “a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups, and especially syllables.” The goal of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out, or, in phonics terms, blending the sound-spelling patterns (Wikipedia).

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Why I chose to research assessment?

I chose to further my knowledge in the important topic of assessment.  Assessment is an essential part of a student’s learning process where the teacher and student can gage insight into what and how the student is learning.  I would like to explore various ways of assessing my students that allows them to have input and ownership into this process.



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11 Ways to Make an Inquiry-Based Classroom

This article include 11 suggestions on how to make a classroom inquiry based. Some of the suggestions presented by the article can be adapted depending on your class. One component of inquiry-based lessons is critical thinking. Critical thinking can be challenging to teach and for students to do, so before applying this suggestions into your lessons/classroom I would suggest that you reflect about your classroom needs . The article can be found by clicking here.

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