Never Enough Practice!

 I am so amazed at how much my students have learned so far this year!  They just don’t understand when my eyes fill up with tears as they read independently…or my loud screams of excitement!

BUT…I’m amazed that learning the letters and sounds can be so difficult or cause some confusion with the letter names or sounds.

Soooo what do you have to so as a teacher…SLOW DOWN and provide opportunities for practice!

WHAT,,,how do you do that with standards and expectations!

JUST DO IT!  It is so important to make decisions based on the learning of the students not on the expectations from Common Core Standards, Parents, Administrators, or other teachers!


So we are going to be practicing with a fun snoefalke game and 2 fun games! Oh, Yeah!

  • Go Fish!
  • Concentration!

Playing games isn’t a waste of class time – it’s an intelligent and purposeful use of time!

 We will also just pull a letter from the mitten shape and say the letter and sound!  If you get it right, you keep the snowflake!  When time is up, we count the snowflakes and compare so we add math skills to a phonics game! 

Here are the resources I use to make learning fun! 





This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Unknown

    Thanks so much for the ideas! I truly believe that you have to slow down to speed up. Taking time for extra practice always pays off later and allows me to speed up down the stretch.

    1. Debora Marines

      Took me years to understand that, Leah! How long for you?

  2. Julie Davis

    These sound like great games! I bet your kids will love playing them!!!

    1. Debora Marines

      If I say, "We are going to play a game!" a cheer arises….no matter what the activity! Thanks why I love K!

  3. Kathy Sunshine and Lollipops

    Totally agree…I used to tell parents,"If you child comes home and says we played games today, they are right…educational games!"

    1. Debora Marines

      I'll have to remember the "educational games" part with parents! 🙂

  4. Hannah Stark

    I agree 100%! We have to follow our kids and meet their needs even if that means back-tracking or slowing down. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Debora Marines

      I often need reminded, too!

  5. Wild Child’s Mossy Oak Musings

    ❤️❤️❤️Games! I use them to preview and review content!

    1. Debora Marines

      We all love games!

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