Mr. Garcia's Class Newsletter

Phonemic Awareness Month


Did you know?

Lobster, rabbit, squashes, beans, chestnuts, and goat cheese are thought to be some of the foods served at the first Thanksgiving feast.

The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

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Important Dates In November:

  • 11/08 - Early Dismissal/Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 11/13 - 11/15 - Book Fair
  • 11/19 - Community Helpers Visit
  • 11/21 - 4th and 5th Grade Thanksgiving Program
  • 11/22 - Thanksgiving Classroom Feast
  • 11/25 - 11/29 - Thanksgiving Break: No School!

What's Going On in Mr. Garcia's Class This Month?

In class this month, I will be focusing on increasing the student's phonemic awareness by teaching the concept of rhyme words. In Math, we will be learning how to count from 1-10. In Science, the students will learn what characteristics make up an organism. And finally, we will learn about important community service workers and their responsibilities in Social Studies.

What is Phonemic Awareness?

Phonemic awareness is the understanding that spoken words are made up of individual sounds, which are called phonemes. A child who is phonemically aware is able to isolate sounds, manipulate the sounds, blend and segment the sounds into spoken and written words.

Activities That Promote Phonemic Awareness

The following are some activities that I have chosen for the students to help develop their understanding of rhyme words.

Why Should Children Learn The Concept Of Rhyming?

Below is a link to a page that shows how learning rhyme words can benefit children throughout their education experience.

Rhyming Is So Easy! (Sing Along)

This is a video that I will use to introduce the concept of rhyming words to the students.

Rhyming Is So Easy! (Sing-Along) Children's Song

What The Children Will Also Be Learning This Month!

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