Someone left me a comment the other day wondering if I knew of any phonemic awareness books, but now I can't find the comment to reply to that person... so everyone gets to hear about it! :)
Last fall, a friend of a friend asked my friend for my school name and address. When she told me, I was a little confused. I know this person and have seen them many times, but what a random thing for him to ask!
Well, a few weeks later, my curiosity was put to rest when I received a package in the mail at school. Inside was a note from some education guru named Michael Heggerty, letting me know that the "friend of a friend" suggested he send me a free copy of his book to use in class.
Let me tell you- it was a phonemic awareness book and, after just glancing through it, I knew I had been given an awesome gift! The book has 10ish phonemic awareness activities each day- blending, substituting, deleting, segmenting, rhyming, initial, ending, and medial sounds... and it looked awesome!
So, I tried it on my kiddos. And they LOVED it! We added it to our morning meeting routine (or Daily Five Mini-lesson 1, if time got away from us in the morning) and they got so excited when they saw me pull out the "yellow book". My school ended up buying a manual for each K-2 teacher because my kids were having such great success.
Long story very short, here is a link to the book. The yellow book is a 1/2 book and the blue is for K. If you click on the book when you get there, you can view a sample for one week.
I think it's a little pricey, but it is awesome. It is so well organized, practices important skills in a sequential order, and once you get the routine down, it only takes about 8 minutes.
Off to finish my vertebrate flippy and, hopefully, do a little more blogging later. Any pressing topics you'd like to see me discuss?
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