Some curriculum embed strategies of routine, repetition, and visuals that can be very powerful for our students. Sometimes people ask me if I use more phonics or whole language instruction for reading. My answer is – both! To quote my favorite B. F. Skinner, “The learner is always right.” Use whichever approach is most effective for the individual. You don’t need to subscribe to only one theory. You can pick and choose what parts work for your student.
I first meet the Phonics Dance when I student taught in an inclusion second grade classroom and I feel in love. We uses this in our guided reading groups with our lower group who are younger. This is a little too early childhood for my junior high kiddos. But it is great for our younger kids! And seriously – it’s so freaken cute and so freaken fun.
The phonics dance incorporates movements and chants to build phonemic awareness and develop strong decoding skills. These songs and phrases can serve as functional cues and rules for our students when generalizing the skills to actual reading. Great verbal prompts for our kids. Each letter has a little song and dance to remember the sound the letter makes. The next set is “hunks and chunks” to work on remember blends, digraphs, and long/short vowels.
Check it out at: phonicsdance.com. Also you tube “phonics dance” and you will see a bunch of great videos other teachers have made to get the idea of this activity!
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