Some of my boys are especially motivated to master each new list. One comes in every morning saying, "Can I say my words?" Another child has a sibling in a higher grade, and they are both working on the same words. I asked him if his brother knew the words. He shook his head no, and said,
" He gets yelled at, but I get candy." No wonder he is motivated, but I feel sorry for the one who is having trouble keeping up. In our class we celebrate every time a child masters a new list. They get a certificate to take home and admiration from the teacher and class. I am eager to see how this moveable word wall will work. I think it will be great for making sentences, too -- and easy to see where the cards go when it is time to replace them.
I'm expecting some really good readers this year!