Wasn't planning on blogging today because of time constraints but was made proud today by the writing of the oldest student and so "just had to" share. ;-P
"WUNS UPON A TiM Kenzie WUS WalKe. ThAN IT STRTD rANe.
Translation: Once upon a time, Kenzie was walking. Then it started raining.
Isn't that exciting?! Phonetic spelling, spaces between words, some lower case letters being written. Definitely not as long of a story as what I'd get if she was dictating and I was writing but such a leap in the right direction! We will definitely be spending more time on this path!
And a smile for the younger student also because he wanted the same paper and wrote IT down and told me, "See, I wrote I because I was walking to the store and it started raining." So definitely in the right direction there for him as well! One benefit of a mixed age group. They learn from observing the other.
And while I'm here I'll remind you all of an activity I've posted about before here-phonological awareness. ALWAYS a favorite. Typically we use a real umbrella with the rain drops inside and we sing "Rain Rain Go Away" and at the end the child flips the umbrella up and they all "rain" down. Then we work with the raindrops and repeat as interest holds.
We got quite a bit done today...a very profitable morning. Wish I had time to share more. Perhaps another day. Have a good week!