December Word of the Month…Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

This is the “Biggest Word I Ever Heard”!!!  It can also be an amazing spelling lesson for the whole family!  I have been doing it with students for years.

First, learn to say the word.  It helps to watch the movie, “Mary Poppins” or watch the song on Youtube.

Then, learn to count the syllables.  Use your fingers to count the syllables.  (There are 14.)

Then, write 14 lines, one for each syllable.

____ ____ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

Then, slowly spell each syllable.  For younger spellers, let them spell it the way it sounds.

For older spellers, take the opportunity to teach more sophisticated  spelling rules.  For example, “cious” is the correct spelling for /shus/.

This is a great word to use when writing thank-you cards and birthday cards for family and friends.

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December Author of the Month…Demi

Demi is the greatest!   She has written and illustrated countless books.  My favorites include her biographies.  She has written  biographies of Jesus, and Mary, and Buddha, and Mohammed, and Mother Teresa and many others.

Another favorite is “One Grain of Rice” which is a mind-boggling mathematical folktale.

I also love the trilogy which includes “The Empty Pot”, “The Greatest Power”, and “The Greatest Treasure”.  If you are interested in promoting values within your family, these books teach invaluable lessons.

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December Hero of the Month…Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai  is the 2014 Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the author of “I am Malala – How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World”.  This New York Times Bestseller is also available in a Young Readers Edition.

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December App of the Month…Writing Wizard

For years I have been working with young writers on using the correct directionality in printing letters.  This app allows children to practice the formation of letters in a fun and fascinating way.  I love it and wish that I had invented this app!  Google “Writing Wizard” and see for yourself  how cool it is to print correctly.  It can  be used to teach the letter formation in cursive, too.!

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December Game of the Month…Twenty Questions

My students have been having so much fun playing this amazing game.  It promotes reading and thinking skills in a challenging format.  Be surprised when after 20 questions, and sometimes 25 questions, this game can deduce what you are thinking!

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December Book of the Month

You Read to Me, I Read to You  by Mary Ann Hoberman

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