Saxon Phonics

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    Does anyone teach saxon phonics? How long do you plan in your day to complete a lesson? How much of the lesson do you cover?
     
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  3. Daisha

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    I taught saxon for the last two years. I'd plan the lessons for about 45 minutes (especially at the beginning and middle of the school year) and about 30 minutes towards the end. I'd review all cards every day (I never retired any, but kept them for the practice and review), then I would do the activity I forget what it is called (sometimes you would say 5 to 8 words and the students would be listening for syllables, initial sounds, ending sounds, etc. I'd also introduce the new concept and do the front side of the sheet with the students. Sometimes we would do the extra coding practice they say to do before you do the sheet.
    Some students have a hard time with the coding, but they will catch on and so will you, if you have never taught it before. Just review the script before you teach the lesson and don't go past 45 minutes (i'd end a lesson before I 'd go past that time). First graders will start being disruptive if you don't keep up a bit of a pace with them during the lesson. I learned this the hard way my first year teaching phonics.
    Hope this helps!
     
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    I would agree with Daisha. 30 to 45 minutes max. You should be able to do the lesson in that amount of time especially if you condense it a little. I rarely do the letter tile activities. I use the same ideas using individual white boards. Letter tiles take up too much time. I really enjoy Saxon phonics because the kids learn a ton. But the kids do get bored. Keep the pace quick and make some of the activities into games. Sometimes I would play sparkle or around the world with the flashcards. When coding we might play class vs. Mrs. ___ or boys vs. girls. Enjoy! I have learned a lot about phonics by teaching Saxon phonics. :)
     
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    I agree with Rookie try to keep it around 45 minutes. I also skip some of the activities there isn't enough time to do it all. I also do the coding with them on the front side for a while. I done Saxon for 6 years. But this year we are going to switch to Fundations it is so much more kid friendly.
     
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    We spent about 45 minutes when I taught from the script - usually skipped the "board work" and letter tiles. The review of 10 sounds was torture my first year - they got bored and I would have to repeat 100 times, keep kids on task. THEN, the next year I called it the "lightning round" and went through it quickly. It left some kids behind for a couple days, and then they all totally got it and loved it and it kept them engaged and was SO much better for me.
     

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