New Curriculum for Kindergarten (KG)
K18.104.22.168.3 Blend letter sounds to form words related to the theme.
K22.214.171.124.3 Blend individual sounds and decode simple words which relate to the theme
When Children know some of the letter-sounds, the next step is to start blending sounds together and begin to read two-letter words. As a teacher you need a flexible tool that allows you to vary the combination of sounds according to the needs of your learners. Here is how you can make a Phonics Blending Board:
1. First, we make our own Letter Cards. To determine how large they should be, draw a large letter on a piece of scrap paper and paste it on your blackboard. Then stand at the back of the class to see if the letter is too small, too big or just right:
2. Cut cardboard cards according to the size you need. You need one for each letter of the alphabet (26), and a few extra for additional vowel cards (a,e,i,o,u):
3. For each letter, draw the baseline with pencil and then boldly write the letter with a marker:
Now your Letter Cards are ready.
We continue with the Phonics Blending Board:
4. Measure 3 cards next to each other; add 10cm to the width and 5cm to the height:
5. Cut a piece of cardboard of that size:
6. Cut a strip of 2cm cardboard and glue it along the bottom of
your board. If your cardboard is quite thin, glue two strips on top of each other:
7. To practice blending of sounds: place any two or three letter cards. Children first say the individual sounds and then blend them together:
Hold the Blending Board with one hand and have the letter cards on a table within reach, so that you can smoothly change the cards as your learners are practising with different sounds.
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