What an awesome day of preschool we had! It was absolutely amazing! We started our day off reading "How Full is Your Bucket? for Kids". I LOVED reading this with our class. We had great discussions about how we can't see our bucket or other's buckets but we can feel them with our emotions. It's similar to not being able to see air, but when you blow on your hand you can feel it. We added the words "Bucket Fillers" and "Friends" to our "Who We Are" chart hanging on the wall. As we continue to broaden the language we can use to describe ourselves we keep adding to the chart.
We really focused on blending the first sound into the second one. Another way to phrase that is to "not stop the first sound until your mouth is making the second sound." We spent many a moment laughing hysterically at Miss Amanda's impression of a robot reading. Just in case you were wondering, teaching a robot to read is REALLY HARD! However, teaching a PERSON to read when they can blend one sound into the next is super easy! Note to parents: YES, it will still take A LOT of time for your new reader to be fluently reading chapter books. However, celebrate the blending today and continue working on it!
I put together a little video of how I want the kids to read their Amazing Action Alphabet books from the Baggy Book. Please be kind - it's not a professional movie. (See this type of lesson in action from last year here.) It's amazing how using the strategy of blending each word slowly, then saying it quickly, then rereading the whole sentence fluently sets kids up for successful reading strategies in the future.