Large Movable Alphabet
Building Longer Words (Blue Level)
EXERCISE 1: Word building with 4 or more letter phonetic objects
- Large Movable Alphabet
- Blue boxes containing attractive small objects whose names
are longer phonetic words. Example: helmet, plug, basket, camel,
- After the child has been successfully building and reading
two and three letter phonetic words, the teacher can introduce
word building of longer phonetic words using the blue level materials.
This is more difficult because we are now requiring the child
to attend to blends.
- The teacher invites the child to set up the
large movable alphabet on a mat on the floor. The teacher also
asks the child to bring a blue box of objects. The child opens
the alphabet box and sets it on its lid on the mat. The teacher
invites the child to name the objects in the box. The child chooses
an object, for example, "skunk", and builds the word
with the movable alphabet. She continues building the names of
the objects in the box. After she has completed the word building,
the teacher can read the words back to her. Sometimes children
like to read along.
EXERCISE 2: Word building with 4 or more letter picture cards
- Blue boxes containing pictures of four or more letter phonetic
objects. These are mounted on blue cards. Example: hand, mask,
crib, duck, desk, frog.
- After the child has built words for all of the objects in
the blue boxes, we can tell her that she can begin new word building
work, this time using any of the blue picture boxes described
above. She continues as before.
- The teacher must be sure to provide a lot of material for
this work, so that the children master their phonetic word building