Age: From two and a half.
Step 2. Matching initial sounds with object boxes.
a) Introduce matching the initial sound boxes with the Sand Paper letters. (SPL) Probably best to do 3 at a time as in SPL’s.
So, laid out, each letter will have 5/6 objects laid next to it.
c) Lay out all the Sand Paper Letters and have one mixed box with one initial sound object for each letter. 26 SPL’s and 26 initial objects.
Step 3. Introduce the Large Movable Alphabet
( this is even better if the LMA is the same size as the Sand Paper Letter and fits exactly on top for the sand paper letter)
Step 4. Start to use Pink Boxes (three letter phonetic objects and words)
a) Use the First Pink Box Set with the LMA.
First box has 6, three letter objects, with the same vowel (no cards) for example mat, cat, bat, man, pan,hat. The child sounds out the first sound he/she hears when she/he says “mat” and finds the “m” from the LMA and places it on the rug next to the mat object, then the next sound heard is found from the LMA, you may find it is “t”, this is fine, separate them and really pronounce the sound “a” when saying “maaaat” and ask what the child hears? they will come up with the “a” find it and put it in the space m-a-t.
The child may not be able to read this back, do not ask them to, if they do spontaneously, wonderful. Encourage the child to work on all the objects.
The rest of the First Pink Box set, each box has objects corresponding to the vowel in the box.
Pink box “e’ = hen,ten,bed,net,pen,peg.
Pink Box “i” = tin,kid,nib,lid,six,pig.
Pink box “o” = pot,top,box,dog,fox,log.
Pink box “u” = jug,hut,nut,mug,sun,tub.
Each box has 6 phonetic 3 letter objects and the child works through them with the Large Movable Alphabet.
More Pink Boxes.
Pink Boxes with objects and word cards, you can group these into vowel boxes to if you want but by this stage I have usually found that a child is ready to move on.
So finding every three letter phonetic word you can, if they have a corresponding object great.
1) Phonetic 3 letter objects and word cards
Group them into 6/8 words per pink box and place them on the shelves.
Encourage the children to chose a box to work with, and they are on their way!
(I shall make word lists FYI, you will find it in Categories>Language > Word lists.)
Coming next: How to tie this three letter phonetic stage into grammar and sentence building and reading. (Farm 1)
Questions and comments very welcome.
Empower the Child.