As a first year SST, I found myself wondering “what resources do I need to be a successful teacher and support?” These are the resources that have helped me get through the first few months (right after some awesome colleages and kids!):
FAIR – researched based phonics activities/games. Great to cut-out, laminate, and file so they are easily accessible. So far I have utilized letter recognition/sounds and rhyme games with great success and engagement from the kids! Note: K level actually translated to Grade 1 in many cases (adapt/gage for your children as necessary).
Letterland – kids love the actions and really retain it. Videos on Youtube, as well as, the Sotrybook are great tools for basic classroom teaching and interventions.
This always helps too:
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Measured Mom – everything early literacy (and math!). Great, engaging activities to get student engaged during small-group instruction. It is a good idea to cut-out, laminate, and file some of these supports so they are easily accessible. I also made kids their own individual books and while they worked on those we played some games one-on-one. The kids loved it!
Raz-Kids – for levelled books for guided reading (totally worth it to get an account!)
Concepts of Print by Marie M. Clay – for basic/initial reading assessments
Orchestrating Success in Reading by Dawn Reithaug – assessing the 5 main components of reading (great for LIT goals)
Reading Power by Adrienne Gear – great for LIT goals and reading instruciton
Circles Curriculum – teaches social boundaries/relationships
Getting Unstuck – how to problem solve
Whole Body Listening – great tool for whole-class listening (pair with both positive reinforcement, such as a marble jar, and negative reinforcement, such as name with checks on board, and you will be set!)
Zones of Regulation – great for emotional thinking and tracking (self-monitoring)
A Love Letter to First-Year Teachers from We Are Teachers
And whatever you do, don’t forget to ask questions.. lots of them!