Importance of Morning Message:
Morning message is modeled writing in front of students. It is useful tool used to deliver information about the day’s instruction, teach and expose students to concepts of print,(left to right progression of text, return and sweep, space between words, and that print carries a message), focus on letters and sounds, and most importantly practice phonological awareness.
How to Start:
Listen and Say:
Begin with an oral approach to address listening and phonological awareness
Say the sentence
Ask students to repeat sentence while you assess listening and speech production
Only focus on one phonological awareness skill, model and have students practices the skill. Remember the skills should progress based upon student’s needs.
Model thinking and writing:
Move to the written portion of the lesson.
Write the sentence
Focus on print awareness skill through “Think Aloud” techniques.
Example: “I always start my sentence with a capital letter.” “I leave a space between
words.” “I start writing on the top of my page” etc.
Practice alphabet knowledge by asking students to identify letters and sounds in their names and in words.
Focus on correct letter formation.
Phonological Awareness Continuum
It should be done in the first morning gathering.
What is the difference between morning message and daily news?
Morning message is modeled writing were the teacher is the composer and scribe. Daily news is shared writing with one or two children help write the message the students create. The entire class takes part in rereading and discussing concepts of print.
Is it helpful to do both morning message and daily news?
Its recommended that you do both. The more exposure to concepts of print the more connections the child will make with reading and writing.
How long is the morning message and daily news?
Morning message should take no longer than 5-7 min. Daily news should take no longer than 10-15 min.