Monday, September 22, 2014

Phonics Poems

Does anybody else feel like they are barely treading water this year? Oh, I am so there! And along with regular school stuff, and a new math curriculum, and mentoring a sweet new teacher.... I'm taking two classes to finish my ESOL endorsement. And then, I decided to lead a Bible study, ironically using Lysa TerKeurst's new book, "The Best Yes." 

Because nothing says overextending yourself like leading a Bible study about saying Yes to only the best! 

So my four little sweeties who are low readers - way low for 2nd grade, and low for 1st grade... well, I want to help them with phonics and sight words, and well, really everything. 

I wanted to have them read and practice some phonics poems. But the poems I pulled out last week, ummm, not going to happen. 

So what's a teacher to do? Write her own dorky little poems.  Something like this:

I put my nose
Down very close
To smell the rose.

It was no joke,
Mom gave me a poke
So I awoke!

Oh these are so corny. But together, we can look for rhyming words, and practice saying it together, and maybe read it to a partner. High hopes here my friends!


  1. Love your commitment to your beginning readers. Thanks for the idea!!

  2. We teachers have to get creative for sure. You could also write a short book together. Maybe it has a predictable pattern using certain sight words that you want them to work on and each child is responsible for one page and the artwork too. (ie. _____ likes to _____.) Then you could make copies of each page and bind them so everyone has their own book to use as a familiar reread. Just a thought. :)

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Love this idea - and appreciate any ideas - this is uncharted territory for me!

  3. I am definitely treading water right now. Those poems are so fun! I'm sure the kids LOVED them! :)

    Not Just Child's Play