Phonemic awareness can make the difference between a successful reader and one who is struggling. Including this product in your teaching strategies is a safety net and will ensure progress for all. In this product you will find
Phonemic awareness is easier with PICTURES for Letter Tiles because of the multi-sensory way it is used. The learner hears the word, their eyes see the dots (number of phonemes), then their fingers find the letters that correspond with the sounds. The picture reminds them of the word and the number of boxes is the clue for the number of letters they need. They do not have to think about writing or how to form the letters. The focus remains on phonemics and more time is spent segmenting, matching and blending sounds. In the case of CVCe words, there is three sounds for four letters.
Long vowel sounds can present phonemic difficulties for some students. This level builds on vowel digraphs so the long vowel sounds should be familiar. The "Magic e" takes this knowledge one step further with the CVCe letter pattern.
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Phonemic Development is thought to be the single most influential component of successful reading. Certainly, from my experience in working with struggling readers, the lack of phonic, phonological or phonemic skills can be a significant obstacle to progress. By this stage you will be aware of the students whose work has told you that they are finding reading and writing skills more difficult than others. If you aren't already differentiating to accommodate them, this is a critical point to provide the support they need in class to avoid skill deficits becoming cumulative and impacting significantly later on. In-class intervention occurs as part of regular group activities. Targeted intervention means you are aware of the skills they need to develop and screening can help. My Letters, Sounds and Blending Screener may help there. There is an hierarchy of skills within phonics, phonology and phonemics that can't be ignored. Administering the Triple P Screen could also help. Supplemented with writing samples and teacher observations, your group work will become very effective in differentiating to need.
The PICTURES for Letter Tiles Product is designed to develop phonemic skills in a multi-sensory way that will be beneficial for all students and for some students in particular. These students may need to use bubblegum speech (like stretching a piece of gum) to hear the single phonemes, or robot speech (monotone and static). You can demonstrate one of these methods to a whole class to introduce the concept of phoneme segmentation. Sometimes the "Magic e" is called the "Bull-e", making the vowel in front of it say its own name.
You do not have to use all of the pictures to teach the sound/symbol correspondence. Choose those pictures that your students easily identify and start there. You could start with multiple copies of a few easy ones and use them for demonstrating. The "Magic e" configuration presents difficulty when the learner only sees the first three letters of a word and decoding involves a short vowel sound. (I have a set of free folding Flashcards to target this confusion.) The black dots on the PICTURES for Letter Tiles product will help establish the letter pattern and I have a number of products that target this skill deficit because it is so common. My SORT-IT product (63 illustrated cards) targets vowel sounds and transitions the learner to writing the word.
The DONKEY Card Game I have included consolidates reading and rhyming CVCe words and uses the same pictures to facilitate mastery. You can also use these cards for explicit teaching as they are illustrated and they are a great way to use mixed ability groups and be inclusive. Even pairing rhyming words is a good small group activity before learning to play. Games are the ideal way to consolidate as repetition leads to mastery.
There are many board games I have developed to facilitate instant recognition of CVCe Words (RACE DAY, CLIMB and SLIDE). SWITCHEROO is a card game based on phonics with a strategy element that appeals to learners who have more mature cognitive skills but still need to master this level. I usually use a onset/rime approach to phonic skill development with this type of learner and myRIMES checklist will identify skill deficits and the specifically designed SWITCHEROO games kit will remediate. WORD DETECTIVE can be played with the whole class. There are 60 illustrated word cards (for calling and/or teaching) and 10 boards with six CVCe words on each. Play it in groups of three with each player bringing two small objects to the game.