As a teacher and as a parent, making learning fun has always been a priority. I’m a firm believer that children learn at their own pace. When they are ready to learn something, they let you know. My son has always had intermittent interest in BEGINNING SOUNDS, but it was not until recently that he has shown an interest in reading. He has entered that “phase” where he walks around attempting to sound out words, read words from his bed time story books, and constantly asks if we can do the “-at words game”. This type of interest is something I embrace and try to nourish. My son and I work together to create an environment full of fun activities that will nourish and sustain his natural curiosities. His interests help shape our play, and his growing interest in words and reading is about finding the answers to his OWN questions and his OWN desires.
Autonomy-supportive teachers seek a student’s initiative
… whereas controlling teachers seek a student’s compliance.
— J. Reeve, E. Bolt, & Y. Cai
WHAT WE USED:
We have chosen to keep our light panel sheets intact, but it’s important to consider the learning style of the child. Some children are more successful when words are presented one at a time. We would have previously cut them into single words (had we done this when he was younger), but my son wanted to keep them as sheets. There are so many ways to use the packet. We, obviously, used them on the light panel, but they can also be printed on paper and used with magnets, stickers, etc. If you have a child who loves to write – I DON’T – they can even write in the letters. I’m not a fan of paper/pencil “worksheet” type tasks, but I know there are MANY children out there who love that kind of stuff. Another option is to print them on regular paper and laminate each sheet for use over and over again.
I sorted out the letters needed for each word and/or beginning sound from our LETTER JEWELS and hid them in POLY-FIL PELLETS – to make it fun and multi-sensory. My son found the letters needed and used them to spell out the words. He really enjoyed this and did it over and over and over again.
If you are interested in saving some time, the Light Panel Literacy sheets are available for purchase. You will get 21 beginning sound words and 21 CVC words (same words, just a different format – meaning some sheets are for beginning sounds and some are CVC words).
- AK (MECD, MESE)