This is one of several effective interventions for phonemic awareness and phonics..very inexpensive. Lessons do not have to be done in order but can be pulled out to respond to specifically identified skills children need.
Ready set-read learning-resources
Ready, Set, Read! What Parents Need to Know and to Do to Ensure Their Children are Ready to Learn to Read
Counting, Matching, and Naming Letters G F What You Need •Set of plastic alphabet letters-preferable capital letters •Mat that you make on an 11” x 17” piece of firm paper. Trace the plastic letters and fill them in, in an arc shape, so that the plastic letters will fit over the letters written on the arc. The arc should extend from the lower left to the lower right corner. •What You Do •Ask you child to count how many letters there are. •Then ask your child to place the plastic letters on the matching letters on the arc of the mat. •Teach her the name of each letter, introducing about four new letters per day. For example, “This is the letter A.” •After she can differentiate the letter shapes and has been taught the names of each letter, ask her to say the name of the letter as she places it in the position on the arc. •Repeat often, until your child can recognize each letter, place it over the corresponding symbol on the arc on the mat, and say the name of each letter. Generally, it takes several weeks for a child to master all the letters.
Learning The Sequence of the Alphabet A ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ F C X EWhat You Need C Set of plastic alphabet letters A slightly different mat made on an 11” x 17” piece of firm paper. List the letters in order in a straight line across the top to provide a reference for the child. This time, instead of the letters composing the arc, draw a line to form the arc. Then provide three “anchors” by writing the letter A at the lower left corner of the arc, the letter Z at the lower right, and M and N at the midway point at the top of the arc.What You Do Ask your child to take the plastic letters out of the container and place them right side up in the center of the arc. Then ask her to find the A and place it. Next find the Z and place it, followed by the M and N. The child then begins with B, Then C, and so on, placing all the letters in order along the arc. When your child has finished sequencing the letters, ask her to check it by touching and naming each letter, starting with A and moving to Z. The alphabet across the top of the mat can serve as an additional reminder. Repeat this activity frequently until the child can place all the letters in the proper order within two minutes. Generally, it takes several weeks for a child to master this task.
Guess the LetterWhat You Need Two sets of plastic alphabet letters-preferably capital letters Two 11” c 17” mats with or without the letters filled in on the arc Two brown paper bags, or cloth bags, big enough to hold the lettersWhat You Do This is a game that two children can play together or you can play with your child. The object is to try to correctly identify and name the letters based on felling them without looking. The winner is the first player to fill in all the letters on her arc. The first player reaches into a brown paper bag and feels a plastic letter without looking at it. If she can correctly name it, then she gets to place it on the arc on her mat and choose another letter. She continues choosing letters until she makes a mistake. Once a mistake is made, the turn rotates to the next player The player who successfully identifies and places all the letters on her arc is the winner.
Snaky LettersWhat You Need Modeling clay or cookie doughWhat You Do Roll the pieces of clay or dough into snake-shaped pieces for your child to use. Help your child form the pieces into the shapes of letters. If you cookie dough, make sure the letters with enclosed circles (i.e., o, b, d, q) have plenty of space inside the circle before baking. This will assure that the circles will not close up when baked.
StraightTalk AboutReading Susan L. Hall Ed.D Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D
Parenting a Struggling ReaderSusan L. Hall, Ed.DLouisa C. Moats, Ed.D
Road toBenita A. Blachman, Ph.D the CodeEileen Wynne Ball, Ph.DRochella Black, M.S.Darlene M. Tangel, Ph. D.
PHONEMIC AWARENESS in Young ChildrenMarilyn Jager AdamsBarbara R. FoormanIngvar LundbergTerri Beeler
Bringing WordsIsabel L. Beck ToMargaret G. McKeownLinda Kucan Life
Books for a First-Grade Student Beginning Reader-First Stage Author TitleBrown, Laura Krasny •Rex and Lilly: Playtime •Rex and Lilly :Family TimeEastman, P.D. Go, Dog Go!Seuss, Dr. Hop on PopZiefert, Harriet •Cat Games •Harry Goes to Fun Land •A New House for Mole and Mouse
Picture Books to Read Aloud to an Infant or Toddler AUTHOR TITLEAhlberg, Janet & Allen Each Peach Pear PlumArnold, Tedd No Jumping on the BedBarton, Byron TrucksBrown, Margaret Wise Goodnight MoonBruna, Dick MiffyCarlstrom, Nancy White Jesse Bear, What Will You WearGibbons, Gail TrainsHill, Eric Where’s Spot?Martin, Bill Jr., & John Archambault Chicka Chicka Boom BoomMartin, Bill, Jr., & Eric Carle Brown, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Numeroff, Laura Joffe If you Give a Mouse a CookieOxenbury, Helen Tom and Pippo Make a Friend
Other Books Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print- A Summary by Marilyn Jager Adams Help Me Help My Child: A Sourcebook for Parents of Learning Disabled Children by Jill Bloom Your Child’s Growing Mind: A Practical Guide to Brain Development and Learning from Birth to Adolescence by Jane M. Healy, PhD. About Dyslexia: Unraveling the Myth by Priscilla L. Vail The Educated Child by Bennett, Finn, & Cribb