Looking for some learning centers to help your child(ren) master the long o word families? Here you are!
My Five loves doing Read ‘n Stick Mats. He’s become proficient at the short a, short o, short e, short i, and short u mats. Now that he can read simple short vowel words automatically, we’ve moved on to long vowel patterns.
By reading the accompanying word cards and matching them to the pictures, he’s learning to recognize these phonics patterns:
- o-consonant-e (such as oke and ole)
- ow (as in crow)
- oa (as in coat)
- oe (as in hoe)
I call these my Read ‘n Stick Mats because you can laminate the pages and attach Velcro dots for extra fun matching. Of course you can do this more quickly and less expensively by using sticky putty or by just setting the words on the pictures. (Pictured above is one of my long a read ‘n stick mats.)
Why use Read ‘n Stick Word Family Mats?
1) They’re hands-on. My son enjoys reading the words and sticking them to the pictures.
2) The visual aid of the pictures gives an extra clue for beginning readers. It makes the reading task more manageable.
3) They’re vocabulary builders. I’d love to make all eight words familiar ones – like coat and goat. But there aren’t enough of them! The bonus if that your child’s vocabulary expands when you teach him words like moat and gloat.
How do you use Read ‘n Stick Mats?
1) Print and laminate each mat on sturdy cardstock. I love this affordable home laminator and laminating sheets! Then print and laminate each set of cards. Cut them apart and stick Velcro dotsto the pictures and backs of the cards.
2) You can certainly print the mats and cards on plain paper, and have your child match them. However, for a more durable and lasting activity, I recommend #1. A bonus of the Velcro dots is that you can store the mats without the cards getting lost — just stick them on! A less expensive and quicker option would be to use sticky putty.
3) My mats were constantly getting misplaced until I punched holes in them and stored them in a 3-ring binder.
4) Take off all the cards. Have your child read the name of the family in the center of the board. Then have him read each card and match it to the picture. You will be teaching new vocabulary along the way when he gets stuck on a particular word (“What’s does gloat mean?”).
5) After a few times of doing this with you, this is something your child might be able to do himself. You can pull out the binder for a reading warm-up before trying some early reading books — or if you’re not there yet, do a few Read ‘ Stick mats after you read books together. You could even put the binder in a bag and bring it along to the waiting room.
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