This Week in First Grade
Tuesday: Picture Day
Thursday: Early Release and Feather & Fin Night 5pm-8pm
Nonsense words are parts of whole words. Many words we use have chunks of words in them. For example, if you are reading the word picnic you are reading “pic” and “nic”. In early childhood words are easier for sure, but teaching of these words early on will help kids to decode larger words as they advance in the reading process. Nonsense words help build confidence with decoding. Practicing short silly words and being able to do so successfully is a feeling of accomplishment for our little learners. By being able to read real and nonsense words, they are really able to decode anything (even big dinosaur words.)
Please read with your child every night. If your gets stuck on a word it is okay for them to sound it out. However, the goal in first grade is for a child to look at a word and read it with automaticity (automatically) and fluently (quickly). Make sure they are reading words with the short vowel sound.
We are lucky enough to have a STEM Lab this year! Ms. Nicki is working on getting our projects ready and we will be able to go a few times a week to learn and explore.