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High Frequency Words

List of High Frequency Words Listed by vowel sound.

These are lists of words to help teach children to read:  

Words for Reading Instruction   

High Frequency Words List

Ideas for teaching these words:

  • I like to teach these words as a group by each vowel sound.
  • I also will put some of them on my wall cards with half a sticky note.  
  • It is good to have the words written in groups some where visible such as a word wall.
  • Every time I teach a sound I include a few words to the wall cards for that sound.
  • This is fun to play a game with words and sounds.  http://www.phonicsbyspelling.com/Cinco-Learning-Game-10.htm 

This is a list of some of the first words I teach:

  • I
  • a
  • at
  • cat
  • she
  • he
  • see
  • me
  • my
  • why
  • red
  • the
  • yes
  • no
  • and
  • an
  • you
  • it
  • is
  • am
  • look
  • love
  • like
  • to

We have a fun bingo type games with letter sounds on one side and sight words on the other.  Check out our website.  http://www.phonicsbyspelling.com/Cinco-Learning-Game-10.htm

Love-to-Learn

Children have a strong desire to learn.TH

(The only exceptions are some children with learning disabilities.)  Many people like to give rewards or treats as a part of teaching.  This practice creates more problems than it solves.  When we use treats/bribes/rewards with children that already have a desire to learn, we replace their love-to-learn, with a love to get treats.  The more you can help children tap into their own internal love-to-learn, the more self-motivated the child is.

If you are working with very young children don’t start using treats for winning games, or for finishing school work etc.  Share with them the excitement of learning new things.   When they show you their work or picture, ask them what they think.  Help them see the joy in learning.

Older children, who have lost some of their love-to-learn, need your help to recognize the fun in learning.  Help them see how much they have learned and the natural rewards from that knowledge.  Keep excited about learning and they will catch your excitement.

It is harder to find natural rewards and motivations but the results are more permanent.

Enjoy helping children rediscover their internal love-to-learn.

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Marshmallow Treats

Marshmallow Treats           Marshmallow squares      

1. Microwave for 2 minutes:

  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • 40 Large Marshmallows

2. Stir and add:

  • 5 cup Crispy Rice Cereal

3. Stir and pat it down in a buttered dish.

4. Let them cool, cut and serve.

5. Add M&M’s  (Each child counts 5 M&M’s to put on their piece.) and eat.

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Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

Take an assortment of fruits (fresh and canned).  It is fun to let children bring a fruit to add to the salad.  With help they can help to cut the fruit.   Here are some suggestions of fruits to use.

  • banana
  • apple
  • pear
  • peach
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • grapes
  • Mix it all together with canned pineapple canned in its own juice.

Don’t

“Don’t” isn’t a word that children understand.

When you tell a child, “Don’t touch the stove.”, all they hear is, “Touch the stove.”

It is better to say what you want them to do such as: “Stand back!  It is hot.” or “Stop!  The stove is hot”.  This is hard to do, but instructions or rules given in a positive manner, always works best.

Examples:

“Keep your hands to yourself.”

“Keep all four legs of your chair on the floor.”

Good luck on making directions more positive!

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Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip CookiesHPIM1518

1.  Beat 2 eggs.

2.  Add and Mix:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 and  ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla

3.  Add and Mix:

  • 2  and 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 t. soda
  • 1 t. salt.

4.  Add and Mix:

  • 100 or more chocolate chips
  • 100 or more M & M’s

5.  Drop by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet.

6. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

7. Eat and enjoy.

Enjoy making with children when you teach the CH or a review of digraph sounds.

Have the children help count, crack eggs, and measure.

Tortillas

Tortillas

Tortilla

Tortilla

  • 1 T.  Butter
  • 1 C.  Unbleached Flour
  • 1/2  t.  Salt
  • 1/2 t.  Baking Powder
  • 1/3 c.  Water
  • Mix with a fork and by hand just until it holds together.
  • Use wax paper on a tortilla press and press a ball of dough with the tortilla press.
  • Brown each side on a griddle or frying pan.
  • Serve with butter!

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