Since I can not simply go through all the ways to use the message is, I will touch on a few things and if anyone is interested in learning more I will then add posts.
- The message is basically a colorful friendly letter.
- The theme can be dependent on the day especially beyond a preschool level. For example on Twisted Tuesday I would jumble common sight words for the children to unscramble. On Thinking Thursday I always included a word problem relative to my students that they would solve.
- Leave blanks in the message in predictable locations each day. For example for the Month of September you could always leave off the S so the children learn that beginning sound.I always left a portion of the date blank.
- Once the letter is read and filled in, use highlighting tape, a pointer or marker to locate things. Such as finding a sight word, punctuation marks, adjectives etc...
Reading fluency and comprehension as well as sight words and decoding.
Writing for style, structure, and composition.
Science and Social Studies can also be woven into the message.
It can teach most primary skills in an engaging way with little resources but loads of authenticity.
The example I have is simplistic for my two and five year old, but gives you a feel. Want to know more then I will happily do some more posts!