Beginning Phonetic Reading Presentation (Pink
- Take a box of objects and set it beside the child. Place
the objects in a row in front of him, naming them as you do so.
Give him one of the word cards and tell him it is the name of
one of the objects.
- Ask him to say the sounds of the letters. When he does so,
ask him to say them faster and faster and he will hear what the
word is. The child should say the letters so fast that they fuse
to make a word. The teacher can join in to help if necessary.
- The word is placed under the appropriate object, and the
next card is read in this way. The teacher continues to help
the child until he understands the process and can manage alone.
- The child helps herself to one of the boxes of objects, reads
the words and matches them to the objects. When done, the child
can choose another box.
- The child helps herself to boxes of pictures. She reads the
words and matches them to the pictures.
- The child helps herself to a large card containing six pictures.
She takes the word cards from the envelope and reads the words
and places them under the appropriate pictures.
- The child helps herself to a "Secret Box." She
opens the box, places the lid behind the box. She takes a slip
of folded paper, opens it, reads the word and places it in the
lid of the box. She continues in this way until all the words
in the box have been read.
- The child helps herself to a word list and reads the words.
- The teacher shows the child each exercise over time on different
days. She gives her any help she may need. The aim is to give
the child a variety of work of the same style to maintain her
interest. If a child has difficulty with reading, or if she does
not show an interest in reading, the teacher must give her extra
help each day. She must do all she can to arouse her interest
and make her feel that she can do the work. All the children
in the class must be helped to enjoy reading. No child can be
educated unless she can read. As most children read enthusiastically
on their own, given a reading material they understand, there
is time to give a little individual help each day to the few
children who need this before they get started.