How to Create Consistency in your Phonics Block
Phonics is one of my favorite times of the day! I love how far you can take a kindergartener, who barely knows up from down at the beginning of the year, to recognize and read common vowel teams by the end of the year. Kindergartners have so much potential for growth in phonics during their first year of school. No matter what socioeconomic status, type of school, or special population you teach, these resources and strategies will work for everyone. Why? Because they are systematic and consistent.
"Systematic and early instruction in phonics leads to better reading. This is because phonics knowledge aids in the development of word recognition. Word recognition, in turn, increases fluency. Reading fluency, then, improves reading comprehension since children are not struggling with decoding and are able to devote their full attention to making meaning from text. Inadequate decoding is characteristic of poor readers.” -Scholastic
Phonics They Use
I LOVE this resource by Patricia Cunningham and Carson-Dellosa Publishing. This 208-page book helps beginning readers learn phonics through the Word Wall and Making Words activities. Each lesson focuses on certain letters and words that those letters can make. You can print letter tiles for each lesson or have students write the letters into the template provided in the book. Each lesson comes with a script for teachers to read (download the first five lessons below). These lessons take about 15 minutes and are awesome for maintaining a consistent, systematic phonics lesson. I also love that this book includes take home word walls, reproducibles, and word lists.
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Word Family Activities
I created this resource to enhance my small groups of students struggling with word families and CVC words. The process is the same, daily. Students begin by blending the word and practicing one-to-one matching by touching the black dots under the picture. Then they circle the word, build the word, and write the word. This activity also takes about 15 minutes and can be completed even faster once students get the hang of what to do.
I’m not sure what it is about dry erase markers, but kids LOVE them. Any time we used markers and white boards was the best day ever to them. Dry erase boards are perfect for super quick phonics lessons or if you need to do a quick assessment on a group of students. One of my favorite phonics white board activities is to give CVC words and have students write words. I always tie the words together in some way (initial, medial, or ending sound) so they have to figure out which letters need to be erased and which letter can stay. For example, write the word cat --> now change it to can. They only need to erase the t and add an n.
How do you keep consistency in your phonics block? Leave a comment below!