Wednesday, 29 May 2013
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My class and I, we just love wooden sticks: wood feels very natural and pleasant to touch and move around, they are compact and easy to organize on the table, fantastic for storage purposes, etc. We used them to learn the alphabet, first words, and develop letter to sound recognition. I buy them at arts and crafts section at Walmart and Target. First, I wrote the letters (capitals on the upper side and small letters on the bottom side) and then words starting with these letters on the other side vertically. It was easy for students to read and memorize the words but I decided to switch to horizontal presentation due to the fact that I noticed that some students copied the words from the sticks vertically in their notebooks which was very confusing. Remember, teach from scratch is easier than re-teach later on. I wrote the letters and corresponding words horizontally and some additional words on the other side. For example, C c - Canada on one side, and C c - celery on the other. When students arrive in the morning, I hand out a set of sticks to them to work on which is a fantastic practice and review exercise and it works very well for classroom management purposes as the students who come on time are busy working with their sets and are not disturbed by the late-comers.
I saw how successful the alphabet sticks were in my class and how students enjoyed working with them, so I decided to do more things using the craft sticks. They worked out ideally for learning and revising days of the week and months of the year. Similarly, I wrote a number and the corresponding day of the week or month - for example: 01 and January - horizontally on the sticks.
We also enjoy revising and practicing reading this way. My students have shown a special affection to reading stories about Sam and Pat which usually are 10-sentence long, so I transcribed the stories that we had learned on the sticks - one story making a set of 10 or so sticks - and also give them out to students every day when they arrive to class.
Conclusion: craft sticks is a must in the ESL Literacy classroom!!!
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