Originally Posted by LakeSophie
AlliBob, do you use Opencourt? If so, I was always told to have the picture part toward the wall when I started the year & flip them as the sound is reviewed/introduced. (I teach 1st grade) I'd love to know how having them all flipped already works!
I love the fish themed reading area. Where did you get those rugs?
I use Open Court and start the year with all the cards flipped already. Every single morning, from the first to last day, we say our little chants for each card while I use a pointer to point to each card- "Calling lamb, calling lamb, /a/ /a/ /a/, bouncing ball, bouncing ball, /b/ /b/ /b/...". It only takes a couple minutes each day, and it seems to really help the kids recall the sounds quickly when blending new words. All of the 1st grade teachers in my school do this. It's part of our morning routine!
(For the first few days you'll have to model it, but they catch on pretty quickly, especially since they've learned many of the cards already. This also helps when you formally introduce new sounds like the digraphs and diphthongs... they've been making the sound every morning already since the first day of school!)