Friday, October 12, 2012

Gust Blogger!


It's another amazing guest blogger today.  I am still enjoying the sun and surf (probably sunburn and sea sickness---the hubby---not me!) on our amazing cruise!  Thanks to my TN friend Mary for agreeing to guest blog on my manly little blog!  Go say hi to Mary!  You have to.  I'm the NEWLYWED!

Hey everyone!  This is Mary from Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives.  I am so excited to be posting for Greg while he is away celebrating.  Congrats to him!!
I am also a kindergarten teacher in Tennessee and teach a few hours away from Greg, in Memphis.  :)

I wanted to share with you one of my tricks for learning sight words.  In my classroom, we call our sight words "popcorn words" because they are supposed to "pop" into our brains when we see them.  We work with our words a lot each day because as I'm sure you know...the more exposure the better!  Beside my class door, I have a "Popcorn Word of the Day" display.  I hot-glued one of those popcorn buckets from the dollar store to a display poster and attached it to the wall.  Every day, I use a velcro dot to attach a sight word to the front of the bucket.  As my kids enter/exit the room, they look at the word and read it aloud.  At the end of the day, I ask one of my students to go read the word, pull it off and place it back into the bucket.  (I usually pick a student who has struggled with the word so that I can see if he/she can read it yet...simple assessment!)  The next morning my kids love to try and be first in the classroom so they can see what the new word of the day is!  Sometimes it is a brand new word (introduced earlier in the week) and other times it is a word from the bucket that we need to review again.  It just depends  :)

If this looks like something you might want to try in your class, you can click {HERE} or either image below to download a copy for FREE.  I've included all of the sight words that my district teaches as well as a page with blank popcorn pieces in case you want to add more words.  I hope your kiddos enjoy the "Popcorn Word of the Day" as much as mine do!

I'd love for you to stop by my blog when you get a chance and say hi!  Thanks to Greg for letting me take over for the day.  :)


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