Today I’m sharing a big set of free printable letters. I can think of so many uses for these!
Printable letter tiles
4 of each letter
5 consonant digraphs (ch, sh, th, wh, ph) and 22 beginning blends
70 word family endings
Prepare the letters
1. Print the letters (get them at end of this post).
3. Cut apart the tiles.
4. Store them in a way that makes them easy to access. I used plastic embroidery boxes from the days when I used to cross stitch (long, long ago!). It took two boxes to store the letters. I put the word family endings in the large side rectangles and put the blends and digraphs along the bottom row of the second box.
Ways to use the letters
1. Use the single letters to make words. We stood the letters up in play dough, an idea I got from Still Playing School. This was a great idea, as it immediately got my Four interested!
2. Use the word family endings along with single letters and blends to make new words. And I am just noticing that the “p” in the picture is upside down. Whoops! I guess you could say, “Which of these letters does not make a real word? 😉
3. When your child is ready, use blends and digraphs to make words instead of just single beginning letters. You can attach magnets to the back of the letters and use them on a magnetic baking tray, if you’ d like.
4. You can also do a making words lesson. Give your child a group of letters, all mixed up, that will make a word. Give your child different words to spell, eventually ending up with the final word. For example, with the word SEPTEMBER you could have a lesson like this:
Make the word “be.”
Now add a letter to make “bet.”
Change a letter to make the word “pet.”
Add a letter to make “pest.”
Change a letter to make “best.”
and so on…
For some great Making Words lessons, check out the series of books by Patricia Cunningham and Dorothy Hall.
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