If you have students who are struggling with rhyming, you might want to wait on pulling that Easter grass out of your sensory table next week. I have a freebie just for you!
This year I am lucky enough to have been asked to mentor a new teacher in my building. I know, I know you’re thinking . . . why are YOU the lucky one? Well, I’m lucky because my mentee, Nancy, is an AWESOME teacher. Seriously, she’s really organized, hard-working and because she did her student teaching with my kindergarten teaching neighbor, Kerri, she knows her differentiated instruction. Mentoring her is a complete pleasure.
Nancy currently teaches in our school’s Junior Kindergarten classroom or some of you call it Young 5s. Basically it is for those students who just aren’t ready for the rigors of all day everyday kindergarten. In fact, it’s the class I opted for my own son and she is his teacher. Her class has students who are still struggling to write their name and those who are already reading simple Dolch words, blending and segmenting.
Anyway, last week when we were meeting during our regular mentoring meeting we were trying to think of some new rhyming activities that also incorporated fine motor exercise for some of her struggling students. I remembered I had some cute little foamy bugs that I had been saving for a rainy day and we decided to put them on a clothes pin and call them our ‘bug catchers.’