I hope y'all had a wonderful break and are refreshed for the new year!
Phonics has been around forever, right?
So, why is it we haven't found the one right way to teach kiddos letter sounds AND blending AND substituting AND on and on??
Let's face it. Phonics is difficult.
I have a friend who swears she still doesn't hear sounds in words.
She's 43. She also used to teach Kindergarten.
She says teaching Phonics to Kindergarteners is almost impossible when you didn't learn to read that way.
Today I want to share with you one way I've found to make Phonics a little easier.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know we use a lot of booklets in my classroom.
The kiddos love them. I love them.
Learning happens. It's a win, win, win!
Last year, I created a set of Phonics Booklets aimed at aiding kiddos with the often scary task of hearing sounds in words and sequencing the letters that represent those sounds.
I wanted my pumpkins to have meaningful follow-up to explicit instruction and guided practice with magnetic letters.
We use magnetic letters every. single. day.
Seriously THE most powerful tool for teaching reading and writing in my toolbox.
My kiddos love mixing and fixing words with mag letters.
I found this phonics booklet offered the perfect independent activity for students who:
1-had already received explicit instruction on specific word patterns
2-had scrambled and unscrambled words with the same phonics pattern using magnetic letters.
Students are still able to manipulate the letters, just in a less tangible way. Progress, you know?
Then the kiddos have the opportunity to practice writing the words as they build sentences using the words.
We begin with CVC words, of course, and make our way through CVCe, vowel teams, r-controlled vowels, blends, digraphs, and irregular vowels.
My kiddos will make booklets with every phonics skill we cover in first grade.
I plan to do a blog post covering Phonics instruction in my classroom,
but these booklets give you a good picture of one of the activities we use on a daily basis.
They are available individually or as a bundle.
Click on the covers to take a peek. Happy Phonics!!
Have a wonderful week, my friends!
And, thanks for stopping by!!