I’m excited to bring you this cute product. It allows us to work smarter, not harder as it combines counting and the phonemic awareness skill of segmenting.
Segmenting (separating) is a skill that is a precursor to blending (combining) sounds to form words. Research shows that teaching segmenting and blending should begin at the sentence level, move to the syllable level and finally to individual phonemes. Much practice at each level is recommended before students are really ready to blend sounds into words.
This activity is one that is at the sentence segmenting level. Here, students are asked to count the number of words within a given sentence, then place that sentence on the number that matches that number of words. The activity is self-checking as all sentences with the same number of words have the same icon symbol to the right of the sentence. Teachers can also remind students to begin counting at the picture icon.
Many of my kindergarten students have a difficult time differentiating between letters, words and then sentences. This activity helps students with this skill as well.