We spent a few days hearing the different sounds votes can make, focusing on short vs. long sounds. We learned that long vowels "say their name", as well as the symbols that represent short and long vowel sounds. We explored vowels in our names and noticed that vowels don't always follow the rules!
This week we went into our Just Right books and our writing to find words. We then practiced dividing those words into phonemes.
This week we made vowel tents and practiced identifying the vowels and their sounds. We also sorted food by the number of phonemes in each word.
Phoneme is a fancy word for "sound". When we think about the phonemes in a word, we are thinking about the sounds that we hear in that word. We noticed that sometimes a word has more letters then phonemes and discovered that we don't always hear each letter in a word. We practiced counting the number of phonemes in a word by pushing up counters for each sound.