Monday, April 12, 2010

Sidewalk Phonics

Arin has known her letter sounds since she was very little (in fact, Ella knows some of her letter sounds as well), and she has been able to memorize some words for a very long time as well, but we are now trying to focus her on actually sounding out words so that she will be able to read on her own.  We have been mainly focusing on the "-at" words.  It seems like as good a place as any to me to start.  We recently found the site Reading Eggs, which Arin has been enjoying (we are using the free subscription right now and it does not start with the -at words, so she has had other exposure).  We also like Progressive Phonics, which is a free site.  Right now, we are practicing only the -at words with their materials and Arin loves that she can read parts of the books.  I read the words in black and she reads the words in red.

To supplement those sites, we have been playing many reading games as well.  Today, I made a 4x4 grid, using sidewalk chalk on our driveway.  Inside each box, I wrote one -at word. 

We played this game two different ways.  Once, Arin stood at the bottom of the grid and jumped from box to box reading the words.  Her goal was to get from one side of the grid to the next.  The other variation was for me to call out a word and she had to find it and jump on it. 


Joyful Learner said...

We've been doing Reading Eggs too and so far, I've seen big improvements in our daughter's reading ability. She's become familiar with handful of sight words and can now sound out words with oo, ee, etc.

I love the sidewalk phonics idea! They look like they are having so much fun! It would also be nice to turn this into a bingo activity for rainy days.

famr_4evr said...

This is such a great idea. We do Hooked on Phonics, so this will be a great game to add to the mix.