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Open and Closed Simple Syllables

Open and closed syllables are the first two syllable types your students should learn. Hundreds of common words can be spelled using these simple syllables, so teach them early and well!

Here is a great place to start:

You’ll start with these fun teaching tools–the open road and OPEN SYLLABLES:The LONG measuring tape remind us that these vowels are LONG. But, as we “go” along the road, we might run into a barrier–a CONSONANT barrel:

 

The road is CLOSED and our vowel is now closed in by a consonant. The short measuring tape reminds us that the vowel’s sound is now SHORT.

After this demonstration with real and nonsense words, your students are ready to change their open-syllable cars to closed syllables with various consonant barriers. There is a recording sheet included for this activity.

 

Your students will also sort open and closed syllables with this activity:

A separate Open or Closed worksheet will help you asses your students’ ability to identify these syllable types.

Did you notice that all of your students’ syllable manipulatives, sorting mats and instruction cards fit neatly in an IRIS container? I love ’em, too!

Grab this helpful simple syllables pack today and tomorrow for HALF OFF! More syllable sets are in the works, so check back with me soon! Have a great weekend!

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Starting Sight Words in Kindergarten

Although Sonlight doesn’t include sight word work in its kindergarten curriculum, kindergarten is a GREAT time for your kids to start learning sight words. Our sight word series is FUN! We have a craft, or other hands-on work for each word we cover. We also use a “cumulative” approach–your kids will not struggle reading the… Continue Reading

My First A to Z Interactive Notebook {TUTORIAL}

Last year, we published our First Math Interactive Notebook. It is a great introduction to numbers, counting and basic operations. I love that it is filled with hands-on seat-work that my preschooler (now K-4) can accomplish with minimal direction from me! As I mentioned back in October, we are using an interactive notebook for phonics,… Continue Reading

Language Arts and Homeschooling {Sonlight’s Core E}

We have really enjoyed our years of teaching Sonlight’s American History to our fourth graders. It is a wonderfully rich curriculum. I am sure you can agree that the books are some of the best you have read with your children. But, do you struggle getting your kids to compete their weekly writing assignments? I’ve… Continue Reading

New Star Wars Decor sets!

Here are a couple new, fun sets for your Star Wars-themed classroom…Pick Me Lightsabers and Jedi Door Decor! These “Pick Me!” lightsabers are a fun addition to your name choosing system. Simply print the figures and hilts on cardstock, (laminate, if desired) and cut them out leaving a little white space around the outside. Glue… Continue Reading

New Today!! Star Wars NAME PLATE for K

Your little kinder padawans are going to love these editable double-sided desk helpers! On the Han & Chewie Language Arts side you will find: ** Correct Letter Formation for Uppercase and Lowercase letters ** Beginning Sound Pictures (includes hard & soft sounds; long and short vowels) ** Highlighted Vowels ** Lines for writing Student’s Name… Continue Reading

Favorite Reads of 2017 {Sonlight F}

I remember the first year we did Sonlight’s Core F (back in 2012). I was simply amazed at the wonderful books we were reading and kept wondering why I had never encountered them during my school years! That is one of the strengths of this curriculum. And this core is special–the history and literature provide… Continue Reading