Letter Lessons and First Words

Heidi Anne Mesmer

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Letter Lessons and First Words

By Heidi Anne Mesmer
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Heidi Anne Mesmer
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If you’re not sure how phonics fits within your daily instruction, or crave a more effective process for teaching phonics, Heidi Anne Mesmer is here to help. In Letter Lessons and First Words, Heidi Anne provides a research-based vision of what lively, engaging phonics instruction can look like, along with practical, classroom-tested tools to make it happen in your classroom.

Heidi Anne provides a one-stop shop for phonics instruction, including a clear scope and sequence of what to teach, a quick assessment to differentiate instruction, a simple lesson framework, and three activity-filled units matching key developmental milestones.

More than twenty classroom videos bring the content to life, showing children working with letters, words, and books at various stages of learning. Additional resources include:
  • A “know the code” chapter explaining English spelling (and online glossary)
  • Answers to common questions
  • Guidance about choosing books for readers at different stages
  • New info about how children cognitively store words and why inductive tension is important.
Table of contents
  • Ch. 1: Know the Code: Teacher’s Reference on How English Works
  • Ch. 2: Assessment That Shows You What to Teach
  • Ch. 3: Phonics Lessons for Real Literacy
  • Ch. 4: UNIT: Letter Lessons for Kindergartners and Prekindergartners
  • Ch. 5: UNIT: First Words: Decoding
  • Ch. 6: Beyond First Words: Learning Long Vowels and Other Patterns