This one little girl did the most amazing thing this week. She got phonemic awareness. I mean, she got it. I spent a half hour with her just a few weeks ago, and at the end of the half hour, she couldn’t tell me what sounds sun or moon started with. She had a sort sheet and 12 pictures that either started with /s/ or /m/. At the top of the page were Mm and a picture of a moon, and Ss with a corresponding picture of a sun. After a half hour, she still couldn’t isolate the m or s sounds on the sun and moon, let alone any of the 12 pictures she needed to sort. Early this week she took a theme (unit) test in reading on our recent unit, and got one of the highest scores in class. Lots of kids did, but she has been scoring so low on anything, that I was thinging it was a fluke. But Thursday, she brought a sort sheet up that was for the sounds for D and N. She had some questions about the names for some of the pictures. When I told her the name of the first picture, she correctly sorted the word to the correct letter. I went through the whole group of pictures and the only ones she had trouble with were the two pictures that were R controlled D’s. I have never actually SEEN a kid go from having NO phonemic awareness to having it, in such a short time. It was SO cool…..
There are a lot of intangable rewards for teaching, but not always this dramatic.