This is a quick and easy tool to aid your phonics instruction. Just print it out and tape to any metal surface. I tape mine to my metal cabinets and have the students work seated on the floor. The sound boxes can be used to teach phoneme segmentation fluency and nonsense word fluency, as well.
Sound boxes build phonological awareness skills by segmenting words into individual sounds, or phonemes. To use these sound boxes, a child listens to a word and moves a token into a box for each sound or phoneme.
They help students build phonological awareness by segmenting words into sounds or syllables.
They teach students how to count the number of phonemes in the word (not always the number of letters).
They help students better understand the alphabetic principle in decoding and spelling.
How to Use:
1. Pronounce a target word slowly, stretching it out by sound.
Ask the child to repeat the word.
2. Have the student count the number of phonemes in the word, not necessarily the number of letters. For example, wish has three phonemes and will use three boxes. /w/, /i/, /sh/
3. Direct the student to slide one corresponding letter in each cell of the box sliding the sounds together as he/she repeats the word.