I have another easy-peasy BRIGHT IDEA for you today.
I had had a love-hate relationship with word walls for a very long time. I’ve always believed they were important, but faced a few word wall obstacles that made them a bit tough.
But after years of trials and changes – I have a system that works and I LOVE it!
Here’s a run down on how I side-step those obstacles.
I have found the best way to get things to stick to these types of surfaces is blue Fun-Tak tacky putty! It sticks great AND allows things to be easily moved and removed. I find it at Target.
|The “1” on the backs of the cards indicates they are words from the first trimester. This helps me when I take them down to store them for the following year.
Each week I expose my kids to 9 more words to learn. Some are strictly sight words (can’t be sounded out, don’t follow the rules) and others are high-frequency words (introduced in order of frequency and often phonetic in nature). These words are part of their homework, and 4 of them are also part of their weekly spelling.
We practice these words in our core curriculum during the same time as well as our Morning Wake-Up and Daily Literacy Practice – basically everything that is part of our daily routine. After that week of introduction, the words are added to the word wall. The kids remember having learned them, so when they are searching for how to spell them, the wall serves as a perfect spelling dictionary.
So there you have it – a useful, forever changing word wall. Like I said, easy-peasy!