Some of my kiddos have been struggling with segmenting and blending CVC words, so during our intervention time, I’ve been working really hard with them on these super important skills.
I started with short a because all of them are quite secure with that vowel sound.
We have been using Elkonin boxes to push sounds and really listen for the sounds. I use the glass gems that you can find at Michaels to push the sounds.
We’ll use these push lights to “push” each sound. I found these at the dollar store. They do use 4 batteries each though, so stock up on batteries!
I also have been using these word sliders. My kiddos LOVE LOVE LOVE these! They think they are SO fun!
I put 5-6 in the envelope and go “around the table.” I do this every day as a quick warm up.
Some days, we may write words on our brand new mini-whiteboards from Lakeshore. I LOVE THESE! They don’t take up any space on my table and they’re magnetic too!
We might also build words with letter tiles or magnetic letters.
I have these really fun balls from Lakeshore too that I love to use. I can’t find a photo of them though! They are plastic balls and have letters to build CVC words. Does anyone know what I’m talking about?!
We’ll also play some fun games to practice words. This game is based on a game I used to play as a kid! “Slap Jack!”
I played a round or two…or three…or four with MY favorite Kindergartener, and she couldn’t get enough of it!
Her smile says it all!!
Sometimes, I’ll have the children get their whole body moving to segment words. I’ll tape Elkonin boxes on the floor and have the children “jump” the sounds. Miss A. was a great model for me!
Here’s a little video of her demonstrating – she was more than willing!
I like to get children using their bodies as much as possible, so we’ll stretch out CVC words using our “sound arm” too. I meant to get pics of A. demonstrating, but forgot! She’s sleeping now, so I’ll have to add them later! But it goes a little like this:
1. Put your sound arm out.
2. Using your other hand, touch your shoulder at say the first sound.
3. Touch your elbow and say the middle sound.
4. Touch your wrist and say the last sound.
5. Bring your arm all the way back to the top, and slide it down slowly blending the letters together.
I hope you can get a bit of a visual!
We’ll also complete these fun mini-books:
These activities are all available in my new CVC Intervention pack for short a:
Stop on by and tell me what you think! The other vowels will be coming soon!
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