Have you seen my word slider cards? These are great for helping children see how sounds blend together to make words. Today I’m sharing a set for short i.
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Sounding out words is a developmental skill that not all preschoolers (or even kindergartners) are ready for. I put together a list of 5 things kids need before it’s time to teach them to sound out words.
My four-year-old has all these things in hand, and sounding out words is clicking! Hurray!
Word slider cards are simple to make and use. Simply write words on long pieces of card stock (or index cards) with a space between each new sound. Then seal a business envelope and cut off the end. Slide the paper into the card and pull it out slowly as your child says the sound of each letter or letter combination.
Word slider cards for short i
I love word slider cards because they help my preschooler slow down and focus on each individual sound. That’s important when you’re dealing with tricky short vowel sounds, like short i.
Before we started, I helped him remember the short i sound.
“What would you say if you had to eat worms for lunch? Ick! Iiiiiih! That’s the sound of short i. We need that sound when we’re reading our word slider cards today.”
He slid out the first letter.
Next, he said the middle sound.
And finally, /t/.
I prompted him to slide the sounds together.
“Good! Now say them fast.”
We pulled out the picture, and he was right. 🙂
Together, we worked on the big stack of cards, and I was thrilled to see that beginning blends were starting to click too. He knows to read “gr” as /g/ /r/, with the sounds close together. Sometimes when starting with blends he leaves the middle vowel out, so we worked on that.
These cards also provide practice with digraphs (where two letters make one sound), like in the word kick and chip. Your child will learn that when the two letters are right next to each other, they work together to make a sound.
After a while he chose to just read the word cards without sliding them.
I recommend printing on cardstock.
If you’d like, laminate to make them extra durable!
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