Since I first created the Blue Reading Program I have changed it a couple of times. I am now at a place where I am feeling pretty confident in its completeness. With that said I am unveiling it to ya'll today. I've actually had this for a while now, but was overwhelmed being a full time spouse, a full time mommy and cancer mommy to boot, in the Relief Society Presidency at church, being a full time Montessori teacher, being a sister, daughter, cousin etc. I gave myself permission to make the world wait a little while. My Cancer Cutie finished his treatments for leukemia last month and I'm ready to get back to a new kind of normal life. I changed jobs again and moved to a WONDERFUL new school in Salt Lake City called Montessori Community School. I absolutely LOVE it there! It really is such a place of community and fully interested in following the child. I am back in Early Childhood again. I don't think I could choose a favorite between Early Elementary and Early Childhood. I sure am missing those 8 year olds right now, but I'm in love with the 3-6's just as much.
I am going to take you on a tour of my Blue Reading set-up, why they are the way they are, and how these skills are taught in our classroom.
|Pink and Blue Reading Order A|
Blue begins with the Blue Level Sight Words and the
Small Moveable Alphabet on the second shelf.
|Blue and Green Reading Order|
Blue continues on the top and through the middle of the second shelf
with Multi-syllable Picture to Sentence Matching
|Pink, Blue, and Green Level Sight Words Sets|
|Blue Level Sight Word Card Sets|
The first lesson in the Blue Reading Program is presented using the - ck - envelope, the Small Moveable Alphabet, and a Blue Reading Moveable Alphabet Mat I've made from a Blue Rug (you'll see a picture of that in just a moment):
|Blue Reading CK Envelope|
This is the only set of Blue Reading I keep in a clear vinyl envelope.
All the others are housed in the boxes.
|Blue Reading Envelope Contents|
The vinyl envelopes are purchased at Everyday Plastics
Double Letters -
1. ck (you can debate with me about it being a double letter or a digraph but I'm sticking to my guns on placement with this because it is SO easy to teach at this point and so necessary for reading success at this stage)
Beginning Blends -
First Digraphs (there are two reasons I have placed these in the middle of the Blue Reading Sets. Number one: most are regularly used at both the beginning and ending of words and these are very important for reading success at this stage because by this time children are wanting to read what is around them in the world. Having these simple digraphs under their belt at this point gives them much greater confidence in the world at large)
29. th - This box also contains the word list for both voiced and unvoiced th. Voiced example: bathtub, unvoiced example: that. I also have the voiced and unvoiced th sorting mat in this box.
Ending Blends (there are children who really don't actually need a ton of help with ending blends, but then again there are children who really struggle with these and need the support of the boxes)
(There is a good reason to introduce ld, ng, and nk while keeping the vowel sounds short. Later we will explore the closed syllable exception in words like hang, old, and tank)
Tripple Letter Blends
Beginning and Ending Triple Digraphs
In the first box of every above mentioned set there is an "I Spy" game using those sounds. This is a great assessment tool to see if a child can sort the sounds and is ready to use the boxes. If they are not at mastery wait a bit until they are and then have them use the boxes.
|Blue Reading Beginning Blends |
and First Digraphs "I Spy" Cards
|Blue Reading Ending Blends, |
Triple Blends and Triple Digraphs "I Spy" Cards
|Blue Reading Blends and First Digraphs "I Spy" Sets Labels|
I label the fronts of the clear vinyl envelopes
with stickers after I've laminated and cut them out.
|Blue ReadingBlends and First Digraphs Drawer Labels|
I label the fronts of the drawers with these stickers after
I've laminated and cut them out. I place the number on
the left and the picture on the right.
|Blue Reading Picture to Moveable Alphabet and Word Cards|
|Blue Reading Blends and First Digraphs Single Word Booklets|
|Blue Reading Single Word Booklets|
After a child has mastered their word list there is a writing piece. They use the Blue Reading Word List writing paper to write their list and put in their file or binder.
|Blue Reading Blends and First Digraphs Word Lists|
|Blue Reading Blends and First Digraphs Word List Recording Paper|
|Blue Reading Word Lists with Word List Recording Paper|
The th digraph is really two subsets the voiced - as in bathtub and the unvoiced - as in that. This work helps the child become more familiar with both.
|Blue Reading Voiced and Unvoiced th Sorting Mat|
|Blue Reading Blends and First Digraphs |
Picture to Sentence Matching Cards
Blue Reading Blends and First Digraphs Fluency Cards
I am putting in a HUGE plug for this work. It is quite possibly our key to success in reading. The ability to read words with fluency literally changes the ball game for students. Look here for the Pink Reading Level Fluency Cards. These words are in 12 sets of 24 words. By this time the child is working on moving more quickly. During the Pink Level we are working on learning how to blend. In the Blue Level the child masters the set by reading 20+ words easily. This usually takes a few times through the set before they reach this mastery. We use the same game as with the Sight Words. First time through any words they can read easily within about 3 seconds goes into their pile. Any they still need practice on stays in my pile. We count how many are in their pile and say, "Look how many you have in your pile today!". We then practice through the words they need twice and see if they can add any more to their pile. Only the amount from the first run through count towards mastery. The child will use this work until they have mastered all the sets, or until I feel confident they are reading blends and beginning digraph words with facility (at this level it is harder since those triple blends will trip up the kids sometimes). This could last into the Green Reading Level.
|Blue Reading Blends and First Digraphs Fluency Cards|
|Blue Reading Blends and First Digraphs Fluency Cards|
|Blue Reading Blends and First Digraphs Single Word Command Cards|
|Blue Reading Single Word Command Cards|
|Blue Reading Blends and First Digraphs Command Cards Sentences|
|Blue Reading Nonsense Words Cards|
|Blue Reading Nonsense Words Cards Layout|
Blue Reading Rhyming Set
|Blue Reading Rhyming Set|
|Blue Reading Rhyming Set Layout|
|Blue Reading Multi-Syllable Picture and Word Matching Cards|
|Blue Reading Multi-Syllable Fluency Cards|
|Blue Reading Multi-Syllable Picture and Sentence Matching|
|Blue Reading Multi-Syllable Picture and Sentence Matching Layout|