Teaching Paul the Foundational Skills Required for Literacy Achievement: Part One

Teaching Paul the Foundational Skills Required for Literacy Achievement: Part One

Good afternoon and happy Wednesday! When Paul turned 8 months old, he finally reached an age where he loved to read books. As an early childhood educator and a post-graduate student studying literacy, I want to ensure that I provide Paul with an early childhood education that will ensure that he obtains literacy achievement. These are the elements that I am currently teaching to foster his literacy achievement.

  1. Teaching Concepts About Print.
    • Every time I read to Paul, I:
      • show him how to hold the book properly.
      • I tell him that we are looking at the front cover of the book.
      • I point to the title and read it to him while ensuring that he is following along with my finger as I point to each word. This teaches him that I am reading words; and it teaches him that we read print from left to right.
      • I tell him who the author is, and what the author does. Then I show him the words on the front cover as well as throughout the book.
      • I tell him who the illustrator is and what an illustrator does; and then I point to the pictures on the front cover and throughout the book. I explain that the pictures always depict an illustration that matches the text.
      • As we read the book, I point to all the words as I read them and talk about the illustrations on the page.
      • I always ask Paul to turn the page, and when we reach the back cover; we talk about it and I explain that we have reached the end of the book.
  2. Teaching Letter and Sound Knowledge.
    • I am currently teaching Paul about the alphabet by helping him to identify letters; their shapes; and their sounds. We are currently working on the letter P.
  3. Teaching Vocabulary.
    • When Matt and I speak to Paul, we speak to him in full sentences and use simple and complex language. The more language he is exposed to, the more language he will acquire. The more he hears language being spoken to him and, later, the more he practices language; the better his understanding of semantics, syntax, and phonology will become.
  4. Teaching that there is a purpose for learning to read and write.
    • Paul sees Matt and I reading and writing. We always explain why we are reading; why we are writing; and why it is important to read and write.

There are many elements of literacy that need to be understood before acquiring literacy achievement. By showing Paul that we value language, reading and writing; that there is a purpose for learning how to read and write; and by teaching him the above skills from an early age; we are ensuring the he is learning the foundational skills required for literacy achievement.


Thank you for reading! I hope that you have a happy Wednesday! =D

Access for All Students- Literacy: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Good morning everyone! Today’s upload is a reading of “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault  I hope you that you enjoy it!

Multimodal Teaching — A Reading to My Class: “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”

Good afternoon and happy Saturday! I am so excited to share an audio demonstrating my students engagement with the book “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.” This book not only strengthens literacy development, but also the development of understanding mathematical concepts. This is a classroom favorite, I hope that you enjoy =D

Multimodal Teaching — A Reading to My Class: “Go Dog Go”

Good evening and happy Saturday! I am super excited to share an audio of me reading “Go Dog Go” by P.D. Eastman to my wonderful students. This audio demonstrates how the use of multimodal teaching completely engages the students in the story. I hope that you enjoy =D

Multimodal Teaching — A Reading to My Class: “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”




Good afternoon and happy Saturday! =D Above is an audio of me reading the book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” to my amazing students. In this audio, you will hear how I use multimodal teaching (which is super important when recording for the edTPA) while reading to my students. This reading is multimodal because the students use their eyes, ears, voices, and bodies to participate in the story. They use their voices to say “Boom Boom” after every time I say “Chicka Chicka.” They use their bodies a few times during this reading: I ask them to stand up, jump, and stomp to demonstrate the power of the “Boom Boom” that causes the coconut tree fall down; I ask them to pretend to dust their pants; and I ask them to pretend to be out of breath. This way of teaching is effective as it offers students a variety of ways to interact and participate with the story as well as provides the differentiation needed for diverse learners. =D

Meet My Little Rays of Sunshine =D




Good afternoon and happy Saturday! Welcome to my very happy classroom =D Pictured above is my classroom’s “Ray of Sunshine” wall, and all of those rays shining from the sun are my wonderful students. To create a safe space in the classroom for all students, it is important to teach the students what a community is, who is part of a community, and how to act in a community. Students need to be taught these skills and qualities, and through practice, these skills and qualities become a part of their daily life. By discussing the “Ray of Sunshine” wall on the first day of school, a sense of community was immediately established within my classroom. The wall says, “Let’s fill our classroom with rays of sunshine. We appreciate all of the acts of kindness that you do!” The sun started out with four rays of sunshine: Love, Respect, Empathy, and Kindness. Every time a teacher witnesses a student engaging in an interaction that is particularly respectful, kind, empathetic, or loving, the teacher announces to the class, for example, “Toddlers, we have a ray of sunshine. Student A fell down and Student B walked over and helped him stand up. That was so kind and thoughtful to help your friend stand up Student B. Excellent job Student B for being so kind and thoughtful!” The verbal praise is immediately followed by a long applause from the classroom community. Becoming a ray of sunshine encourages and strengthens both the student’s social emotional development and positive social interactions.

      Later in the day, I will prepare the student’s “Ray of Sunshine” card by writing the student’s positive actions on a red, yellow, orange or pink card and taping his picture on it. During group time later in the week, I will flip through the cards and say,”What do I have in my hands?” Students will ecstatically respond, “rays of sunshine!” I will then build up suspense by saying, “I wonder who the rays of sunshine are today” while continuing to flip through the cards. Then, I will flip one card over so they can see the picture. I will say, “Who is it?” and they always excitedly call out the student’s name. After they announce the name, I will repeat the student’s name and read his “ray of sunshine” card to the class. This is followed by a long applause and cheers from the classroom community. I love all of my students with all of my heart, and it is so rewarding to see them desire the intrinsic reward of feeling proud and amazing about themselves for engaging in a respectful, kind, empathetic, or loving interaction with another person.
What did you do today to become a ray of sunshine? =D

Hello There! =D

Good evening and happy Saturday! My name is Sandra, I am a teacher, and the purpose of this blog is to share personal educational and teaching experiences to help aspiring teachers, colleagues, parents and anyone else who is interested in and passionate about early childhood education. In this blog, I will share my current Philosophy of Education; personal experiences in my classroom; how I develop curriculum; my lesson plans; pictures of students work and progress; behavior management protocols that I use in my classroom; how my classroom is set up; a description of why each center is developmentally appropriate; the value of including parents in the classroom; how I incorporate topics of social justice in everyday activities; how I teach students math, science, literacy, etc; reflections on each topic; etc. I hope that you find this blog helpful and resourceful!


Philosophy of Education:
     Providing students with an enriching and encouraging educational experience is essential to their academic success. It is important that every student has the opportunity to receive an exceptional education. However, due to the standards of individual schools, many students are forced to attend an educational institution that does not provide the experiences that will allow them to succeed, much less excel. The purpose of Early Childhood Education is to provide each student with the necessities that will allow him to succeed. The most essential element that schools should provide are teachers that want to encourage and motivate their students’ to strive and excel in any endeavor they partake in. One of the great inspirations which led to my interest in pursuing a career in teaching was the low quality of my elementary and secondary school education. Coming from an urban area where education is often overlooked has provided me with both a realistic understanding of the classroom and the place of the teacher as well as the methods which work best in improving the relationship between teacher and student.
I genuinely believe that everyone has the potential to excel in school as long as the teacher creates a safe and encouraging environment where the students can take risks and build confidence in themselves. There is a large population of students that are often surrounded by negativity and need a support system, and unfortunately, many of these students come from disadvantaged and low income households. As a result, they come to school with no support from home and depend on school for that support. When they come to a school that fails to provide this support, students are often discouraged about the potential that lies within themselves which could then cause them to lack interest in school.

As a teacher of early childhood education, I believe there are key elements that need to be incorporated into the classroom to secure a safe, nurturing, positive, and enriching learning environment for students. First, I believe it is essential to establish a sense of community within the classroom the moment the students enter and teach the students exactly what it means to be a part of a community. We will discuss important topics such as acceptance of diversity, respect of each other’s beliefs and opinions, empathy, and what it means to be a part of a safe space. Morning meeting will be structured to talk about these topics and used as a time for students to discuss anything that they feel compelled to talk about, especially topics of social justice. Second, my curriculum will be designed to incorporate topics of social justice that are impacting my students in their everyday lives. It will be taught using examples that are meaningful, enjoyable, and relevant to the students in my classroom to encourage inquiry, focus and interest during whole and small group instruction. Third, each lesson will be differentiated to meet each student’s learning needs and I will use both informal and formal assessment after every lesson to check if students are mastering concepts. These are the strategies that I plan to use to create an enriching, safe, and encouraging classroom environment where students can build the confidence that they need to be successful in school.