Our seminars and customized trainings are now available in a live interactive online format.
Please contact us to request a free quote.
Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Strategies That Work:
Word Walls and More
Author of Scholastic Books: Teaching Reading and Writing with Word Walls; 20 Weekly Word Study Poetry Packets; Phonics That Work!; Irresistible Sound Matching Sheets; and 20 Tricky Writing Problems: Solved!
- Innovative phonemic awareness and phonics activities that lead to greater reading and writing success
- How to best help your pre-emergent, emergent, early, and developing readers/writers gain essential phonics skills and put them to use every day
- Fresh ways to incorporate Word Walls into daily instruction across the curriculum
- Research-based strategies you can use in your K-2 classroom immediately
- Demonstrations, displays and an extensive resource handbook
Practical Ideas and Strategies
This outstanding seminar is designed around the latest techniques to improve your students' reading and writing. Janiel Wagstaff will focus on helping you maximize the use of Word Walls with an integrated, connected curriculum. She will present classroom-proven ideas for getting the most from Word Wall references as well as focus lessons on basic sounds, onsets, rimes, and analogy. In addition, you will learn how to effectively model these strategies through modeled and interactive writing as well as shared and guided reading. Janiel will share, from a practitioner's point of view, her own experiences in teaching with Word Walls and tricks for making a real difference in your readers and writers. These are fresh ideas you won't want to miss! You will leave with a wealth of practical, classroom-proven strategies and an extensive resource handbook to help you implement many different types of Word Walls in your own K-2 classroom.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Creating Varied Word Walls
How to build and use Word Walls as a part of daily integrated reading and writing… Specific ideas for using ABC Walls, Name Walls, Chunking Walls, and High-Frequency Word Walls… Reinforcing conventions through a Help Wall
- A New Look at Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
Why traditional phonics instruction limits your readers and writers… What research tells us about effective phonemic awareness and phonics instruction
- Incorporating Successful Phonemic Awareness Activities
Practical phonemic awareness ideas to use with pre-emergent and emergent readers… What research has to say about the importance of these activities for beginning readers and writers
- Using Research-Based Phonics Strategies That Work
How to maximize your students' understanding of phonics by using a whole-part-whole approach… Organizing instruction around shared literacy contexts (rhymes, chants and poems) to include explicit skills and strategy work
- Promoting Practical Use of Word Walls
Moving beyond just "words" on a wall… Getting students to really use Word Walls in everyday reading and writing
- Tying It All Together With Interactive Writing
Giving phonemic awareness and phonics skills practical application with interactive writing… Great ideas for writing across the curriculum . . . Innovative ways to publish interactive writing
- Linking Phonics and Spelling
Lesson ideas for explicitly teaching spelling strategies using basic sounds, onset, rime, analogy, and visual discrimination… Improve your students' spelling skills in all writing
- Evaluating Your Students' Strategy Use
How to observe and probe for evidence of strategy use and document growth… Going beyond traditional tests to assess your students' use of good reader/writer strategies
- Implementing Outstanding Modeling Strategies
Ways to model decoding and encoding by analogy within varied literacy contexts such as modeled writing and daily news as well as shared and guided reading
- Maximizing the Use of Word Walls
Integrating a variety of Word Wall activities into a balanced literacy program (Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar)
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- Utilize an ABC Wall and Name Wall to build automaticity of basic letter-sound correspondences
- Develop a Chunking Wall to provide practice with onsets and rimes for spelling and decoding
- Reinforce correct use of high-frequency words with the Words-We-Know-Wall and encourage appropriate writing conventions by extending Word Wall activities
- Assess your students' phonemic awareness abilities and plan specific activities to meet their needs
- Use a wide variety of analogy activities to teach basic sounds, onsets and rimes
- Incorporate innovative, interactive writing techniques across the curriculum
- Model decoding and encoding analogy strategies within real literacy contexts
- Use Word Walls to build more independent learners
- Explicitly teach spelling strategies using basic sounds, onset, rime, analogy, and visual discrimination
- Incorporate practical reading strategies for pre-emergent, emergent, early, and developing readers
- Create a balanced literacy program that utilizes a wide variety of Word Walls
- How to have students really use the Word Walls
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
I'd like to personally invite you to spend the day with me exploring innovative literacy strategies and methods. If you are considering this seminar, we obviously share the same concern: providing the best literacy instruction possible. We know how important reading and writing are and want to give our students the best possible start in becoming real readers and writers.
I've grappled with the issue of providing effective literacy instruction from the first year I taught second grade. That was seventeen years ago. My hardships and challenges have taught me a great deal and led me to a lifelong passion for literacy. Researching literacy methods and implementing them is my number one priority. Over the years, I've tried many things and found dozens of strategies that truly help children grow as readers and writers in grades K-2. I still search for the best ways to meet the needs of all students, no matter how diverse.
These are just a sampling of the exciting methods I plan to share with you in this seminar:
- dynamic, interactive phonemic awareness activities
- common sense phonics strategies students will use every day
- how to make Word Walls truly useful for your students
- ways to improve students' spelling in real-world contexts
- how to tie it all together through a variety of exciting reading and writing opportunities
The focus of our day will be on practical strategies you can implement right away in your classroom. You will leave with a host of ideas that will make a real difference in your literacy instruction!
P.S. All of the strategies and ideas I share with you are highly practical and ready to use in your classroom with all your students, from the struggling to highly capable.
Who Should Attend
Educators working with students in grades K-2: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Multiage Teachers, Title I Staff Members, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, and Administrators.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook will be:
- Word Wall activities to maximize learning
- information on reading and writing development
- ready-to-use phonemic awareness and phonics activities
- evaluation strategies to help in observing your students' strategy use
Materials on Display
On display will be sample materials that illustrate the phonemic awareness and phonics activities presented. You may want to bring your camera!
Janiel Wagstaff will be available at the seminar to answer questions and discuss the unique needs of your literacy program.
On-Site Training Guarantee
BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.
Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.
We guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied or you’ll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.