|I am so lucky that I get to see Dr. Jean now and again when I present at conferences. Talk about someone who has touched a lifetime of teachers and impacted so many children all over the United States. She even inspired me to write my own songs.|
I use meaningful print to teach fluency, phonics, phonemic awareness, letters and sounds, and sight words. The sky is the limit. The children have buy-in because they are familiar words and sentences that they hear every day.
Try these ideas with her cards.
Put them in a handwriting center and let the students make their own celebration cards to take home. My students get so EXCITED to copy them and create their own artwork to go with them. Start a celebration to the last day of school. How many celebration cards can you make for your house before the end of the year? Give your parents some great ideas for celebrating at home too.
Put them in a "What Do You Notice" center. Copy and laminate the cards and place them in a literacy tub. Put in some magnifying glasses. Give your students a recording sheet to write down words that they notice. It's differentiated because all children are at different stages of literacy at different times. Some children will notice the letters in their names. Some will find little words hiding in big words. Some will notice your word wall words in the cards. Some will find letter blends, digraphs, the silent e, vowel teams, word families, prefixes, suffixes or word endings (Common Core). Have them share what they found.
Put them in a fluency center along with some PVC pipe phones. Throw in some minute sand timers too. Let your students practice reading the celebration cards.
Click on these links to take you to Dr. Jean's celebration cards. And don't forget to leave her feedback and tell her how amazing they are!
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