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After working this year with a great group of students who needed a little extra help with reading I created an interactive activity to use with them to help them read and identify those medial or middle sounds.  I wanted to share with you a visual clue I use to help my little readers remember how to read words and identify the sounds they make. 

1.  We started off using very simple CVC words.  We wrote words like cat, bat, hat, on the board to start off.  In order to help us read the word in the whole group we used a visual clue to help us identify each sound.  This is something I use all the time to help them understand reading words from left to right.  I start off by turning my back to the class and modeling to them how the whole process works.  I raise my left hand and say this is where I start reading my word.  I say a word like cat and then tap my left shoulder as I say the "c" sound.

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2.  Next, I say the next sound in the word of cat "a" and then tap the top of my head.  And since we are focusing on middle sounds I make sure I tell them that my head is the middle sound of the word and this is where we are listening for those sounds. It looks something like this. 

3.  And finally we get to the end of the word cat and identify the ending sound "t".  For this one we tap our right shoulder. 

After I model the whole word then I model going from left shoulder to right sounding out the word cat along the way as I use the visual cues I showed them to help them remember. 

4.   I stop and ask them where was the beginning sound find your beginning sound we all tap our left shoulders, then I ask where the middle "a" sound is and we all tap our heads , and finally we get to the ending sound and tap our right shoulders.  And then we all tap it together blending the sounds together . 

As we began our lesson using this method we also used this pack to go along with our activities and the kids had a blast using their cameras to find and make words using the correct middle sound.

And just for you all here is a little freebie from the pack....just click to print your freebie out.



How many times have you heard over the summer mom "I'm bored!"  ?   On occasion, we all hear it a lot more than we like to admit.  This summer, I'm going to try something different. I'm going to create what I call a boredom buster box.  I made a trip to the dollar store yesterday and found some great items that I'm going to sneak away into my box so that when the kids tell me "their bored "....I'll have something to pull out of this box.

Some of the things I'm including are science activities, playing cards, a new game for them to learn, and some coloring activities.  If we finish the box, then I will add more items to the box from the local dollar store and that way I don't break the bank.   Let's hope that we don't go through the box to quickly ha ha.
I found a great pin yesterday on Pinterest that shows 40 different games that you can play with the deck of cards. That is why I added it to our boredom buster box. I plan on printing out the list and letting the kids choose a game that they would like to play using the deck of cards included.  Found this over at Delia Creates.  Click on the picture below to go check it out.  Great ideas!

  To make the box I found an old box laying around the house and covered it with a plastic tablecloth that way it would not get wet or messed up during our summer play.  Next, I found these cute little starburst papers that I covered the box with sayings just to make the box look fun.
It was a simple thing to throw together and  next time I will ask the kids to fill it and give them so much money to spend on our box and let them choose items .  This time I wanted it to be a surprise.
Here is hoping that we have a I'm bored free summer. What do you do to fight boredom in the summer? I would love to hear your ideas.
I am beyond excited to begin my summer vacation in only 6 days!  I love the lazy days of summer with no responsibilities and a time to enjoy my family.  We get into our summer schedule so easily it is hard to adjust when it is time to return to school. 
Anyway I am linking up with Christina over at Sugar and Spice once again for Wordless Wednesday.  I have a little something that I have been working on that might just help me out this summer.  Come back tomorrow to get the details on my little project.  What do you think it is?????  Can you guess? 

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