Monday, April 27, 2009

Joseph starts with J. Adam starts with A...

I have six, six year olds in my classroom. Some of them are 6 1/2+. Four of these older third and fourth year students are boys. The majority of these boys can read, write, do word problems, money problems and much, much more. Because of their abilities, they sometimes get restless and a little too silly. But, they also LOVE themselves and everything that has to do with THEM, which is typical of a six year old boy's ego.

The other day when I was working with my youngest student and the teen boards, I simply could not concentrate as the older boys were so silly. I excused myself for a moment and went to where the boys were "working."

"Please put this work away. I have something very important that I would like each of you to do," I said with a mysterious smile.

They immediately cleaned up and where standing next to me in a matter of minutes.

"What work do you have for us, Miss Dyer?" Joseph asked.

"I would like each of you to get a dictionary and make a list of words that begin with the first letter of your name," I said with a huge smile. "Joseph, you will make a list of words that start with J. Adam, you will make a list of words that start with A. Jack, you will make a list of words that begin with S. The first letter of your last name."

The boys looked at me for a second and then were off. I couldn't believe they agreed to do the work. They got three dictionaries from the shelf, several pieces of paper and went to work.

They wrote for the remainder of the morning and then came in the next day and continued writing. I have never seen any of the boys write this much. When they finished finding words that started with their names, they found words that started with the letters of their parents and siblings names. The greatest thing though was that they were really enjoying the work and encouraging each other to continue. I was so pleased.

Also, when I returned to the teen boards, the student had successfully completed it themselves. Love it.


Children's House said...

Hi Susan,
In our class we sometimes play a game...we ask the child to find something in the classroom that begins with each letter of his name (Milo found a marker, flag of Ireland, leaf, and an orange). The children enjoy the connection to the own name, and they enjoy the movement around the classroom.

Susan Y. Dyer said...

Good idea! Thanks for sharing.

Susan Dyer
The Moveable Alphabet

Hi. I'm, Maddy. And you are? said...

Susan, I *LOVE* this idea!! My 4.5 year old has been asking me every day to write down words for her so she can write them in her journal. I think I will get out one of their dictionaries and have her to this. She is going to love it!!! You are so clever and I love reading your blog!

Myra said...

I read this and immediately tried it with my 6.5 year olds the next day. Some of them LOVED it. One boy did it continuously for a day and a half. He also illustrated his words. Thanks for this reminder. (I had had it in my training but had forgotten.)