The phonics activities are used to promote the reading strategy, Stretchy Snake. This is great for teaching students how to “stretch the sounds” instead of sounding out one letter at a time.
I added arrows at the bottom of the sound mat, so that students see the natural progression of sounds. Sometimes I have students use a rubber-band and stretch it while saying each sound, being careful not to stop between each letter. At the very beginning stages, students will need a lot of modeling on how to use stretchy snake and “stretch the sounds” out. But, the purpose is so that the student can “hear” the word more clearly and it promotes fluency.
To help struggling student with this strategy, use: I read, we read, you read. Have the student echo, stretch the sounds with them and then they stretch the sounds by themselves.
You will get the alphabet cards, 6 Sound Mats: CVC, CVCe, Blend & Digraphs, Open and Closed Syllables. And, you get a word list that will go with each mat.