Struggling to get started with Making Words? Not sure how to quickly and effectively reach every learner, from Autistic to gifted? My differentiated word mats came about in response to the same struggle you are facing! As a K-5 Reading coach, I needed something that would work for everyone, but differentiates itself!
Psss...don't worry about cutting out all of those letters! Save your water bottle caps and write the letters on the tops! Use white for consonants and green for vowels. I use Gatorade caps for the letter "y" and milk jug tops for the consonant blends. Enjoy!