Stewart Manor School second-graders in Zaira Kanellopoulos’ class are learning about diagraphs, blends, short sounds and closed syllables as they build on their understanding of literacy using Wilson’s early literacy phonics program Fundations.
During a recent class lesson, Ms. Kanellopoulos reviewed several words with the class. First, she employed dictation by saying a word aloud and then asking the students to repeat it. The second-graders then used their fingers to tap out each syllable of the word and used magnetic letter tiles to spell the word. After taking each of these steps, student volunteers were encouraged to visit the class’ Smart Board to write the word and identify any blends or shorts sounds.
The Fundations program was implemented by the District for students in grades K-1 last September and expanded to grade 2 at Stewart Manor this fall as a pilot program. It employs a research-based approach and extensive program materials to assist teachers in presenting a carefully structured literacy curriculum using multisensory techniques.
Stewart Manor School second-grader Jackson Foley wrote the word “flip” on the class Smart Board as teacher Zaira Kanellopoulos looked on.
2. Stewart Manor School second-grader Bella Vollaro used her magnetic letter tiles to spell the word “shut.”
3. Stewart Manor School second-grader DiAngelo Mazza looked for the magnetic letters he needed.
4. Stewart Manor School second-grader Maya Brouck practiced writing her words in her workbook.