By Amy Bounds, Reporter, Daily Camera
Literacy teacher Brenda Gilson recently led a group of three elementary students through a literacy lesson, helping them write out words with the “ay” sound and then come up with a sentence about really fast greyhounds.
As one girl got stuck on spelling the word “really,” Gibson encouraged her to first sing the letters, then write them out as she sang them. Then she had her write the word three times with a textured piece of plastic underneath to create “bumpy” letters.
“When you say it over and over, and write it over and over, your brain will own it,” she said.
The students were at Longmont’s Burlington Elementary, one of 11 sites for the St. Vrain Valley School District’s new extended school year program dubbed Project Launch.