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Horses, Tractors, and Rs: R-Controlled Words

Horses, Tractors, and Rs: R-Controlled Words


“Name's Tigger. T-I-double guh-ER! That spells Tigger.”


The letter ‘R’ is a slippery fellow, and he’s quick to change the sound of our vowels. We have bird, word, her, and purple, but the vowels all sound so similar! Students will explore R-controlled words and CVCC words, all while completing journal writing, super spelling drills, and phonetic games. It’ll be grrrrrreat!


  • Minimum recommended age: 4
  • Instructor: Ms. Anna Bonney
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-4 PM ET
  • 8 classes
  • March 28, 30, April 4, 6, 18, 20, 25, 27 (no class April 11, 13)


Ms. Anna Bonney is a student at Southern Virginia University and a teacher at the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center in piano, voice, and ukulele. She’s traveled abroad throughout her life, studying in Italy and Africa. She began to teach Spanish in a homeschool co-op, successfully teaching young students basic sentences and common words. Anna is working to publish an interactive ukulele curriculum, geared towards children of ages as young as four years old. Anna is pursuing Child Psychology and Education at Southern Virginia University.


Teaching style: appointments with students, journaling, peer partner learning, research projects, spelling bees


Student & Parent Reviews for Ms. Anna:

  • Ms. Anna is a wonderful teacher! She keeps the kids encouraged with her kindness while encouraging them to go above and beyond what they think they can do. My son loved her classes, games, and teaching style. We're looking forward to next year! - Carrie, parent
  • I'm so proud of how far my daughter's writing has come! Ms. Anna has done an incredible job. She's kind and loving with the students, and my daughter found it easy to approach her with questions and concerns despite her shyness. Thank you TTK! - Molly, parent
  • My son loved working with Ms. Anna. His writing has improved past my expectations, and he's excited to keep writing. Ms. Anna keeps classes productive and engaging with games, writing activities, and inter-disciplinary discussions. She draws in authors, famous literature, and historic context to explain English concepts and cultivate the students' interest in English. Her feedback was easily implemented, and she was easy to reach whenever my son had questions. Thank you for this fabulous resource! We'll be back next year. - Jennifer, parent