BOOM!

Super star spellers from Pleasant Mound!

I cannot believe it is the end of September already! This month at Pleasant Mound UMC, our students have become more eager than ever to do daily reading activities. With our new reading enrichment component, our students receive a half-hour every day of learning new reading skills. The reading game our students love playing the most is a spelling game called “BOOM!”

One day, I played this game with the 3rd and 4th graders, however I was using words that were on a 5th and 6th grade level.  When I told the students I was changing the words, they at first thought the words were going to be too hard. But after some encouragement, we found ourselves having a great time spelling these more difficult words. At the end of the game, I reminded the kids of how proud they should be of themselves for spelling words that were on a 5th grade level. When I said this, Michelle (3rd grade) said, “Who knew we were so smart!” This statement was beyond exciting to hear from a student, and made me realize the potential that all of the students in our program have to excel and improve their reading skills over the course of the school year.

Hannah Escalante
Site Coordinator
Pleasant Mound UMC

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