For children out here in the isolated villages of Alaska, going to school does not mean going to school on a bus.  However as part of our back to school unit, we discussed how others get to school.  Children explained how they got to school by walking, riding a 4-wheeler, or riding in their papa’s truck.  I asked students if they had ever seen a school bus.  Many students talked about visiting Anchorage and seeing them in Anchorage.  As a class I explained how many students can ride on a bus at once to go to school.  We sang “The Wheels on the Bus” song, as well as changed one of the lines in the song “The wheels on the bus go bumpity bump, bumpity bump, bumpity bump.”  To support children in understanding initial sounds, we did phoneme substitutions for that specific line.  For example if a student chose the letter T, the line would be; “The wheels on the bus go tumpity tump, tumpity tump, tumpity tump.”

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